Plan Your Visit

The Warm Springs Natural Area experience

Warm Springs offers visitors a chance to experience a natural oasis in the desert. Enjoy the unique beauty of the area with a walk along the 2/3-mile trail, learn about the human and natural history of the area at several informational kiosks, and venture up to the property’s overlook to get a panoramic view of the natural area and the surrounding desert.

Days and hours

Warm Springs Natural Area is open Tuesday through Sunday from September 6, 2022 through May 28, 2023 (closed Mondays).

Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 3 p.m., except on the following holidays:

  • Thanksgiving Day, closed
  • Day after Thanksgiving, closed
  • Day before Christmas Eve, closed
  • Christmas Eve, closed
  • Christmas Day, closed
  • Day after Christmas, closed
  • New Year’s Eve, closed
  • New Year’s Day, closed


Warm Springs is approximately a one-hour drive from downtown Las Vegas and a 35-minute drive from Mesquite.

From Las Vegas

  • Take I-15 North
  • Exit 90 to merge onto NV-168 West
  • Drive 7 miles to Warm Springs Road, turn left
  • Drive 2 miles to Warm Springs Natural Area, located on the right

From Mesquite

  • Take I-15 South
  • Exit 91 to merge onto NV-168 West
  • Drive 7 miles to Warm Springs Road, turn left
  • Drive 2 miles to Warm Springs Natural Area, located on the right

For your best experience

Planning a visit to Warm Springs? Here are some tips to help make your experience a great one, while helping to protect the area’s delicate ecosystem:

  • Pets and other animals are not allowed, with the exception of service animals specifically trained to aid disabled people.
  • Bring water, sunscreen and a hat.
  • Wear sturdy shoes.
  • Stay on established trails.
  • Use trash containers for trash or pack it out; glass containers are not permitted.
  • Do not remove any animals, plants, rocks, or artifacts.
  • Pets cannot live in the wild and could harm native wildlife; do not release your pet fish or any other pets.
  • No fires, hunting, camping, swimming/wading or fishing.
  • Alcohol and smoking are not permitted.
  • Restrooms and a drinking fountain are located near the area’s parking lot.
  • Benches are located around the area.
  • Picnic tables are located near the amphitheater.

Things to see and do

Walk the trails
Thermal Springs
See thermal springs
Interpretive kiosks
Read informational kiosks
Viewing decks
Enjoy scenery from viewing decks

Next door: the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge

A short walk from the Warm Springs Natural Area is the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

Stroll through a spring and stream system where dragonflies and birds can be observed, view the underwater world of fish through a stream profile window, enjoy a family picnic in a pavilion with shaded tables, and more.

The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from Labor Day through Memorial Day. Entry is free.

Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Moapa Dace Fish Viewing Chamber
Viewing Window

Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge

The 5,382-acre Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, with its lakes, marshes, meadows and desert uplands, offers habitats for migratory birds, birds of prey, deer, fish, and small mammals.

More than half of all birds recorded in the state of Nevada have been seen at the refuge, and thousands of birds stop to rest and refuel during their spring and fall migratory journeys, making Pahranagat a bird-watcher’s paradise.

Other nearby attractions

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area. North Shore Road through Lake Mead National Recreation Area (fee required) is a beautiful drive to or from Las Vegas. Although it has few views of the lake, this road has superb desert scenery and makes for a nice route between Las Vegas and Warm Springs.
  • Valley of Fire State Park. Nevada’s oldest state park, Valley of Fire (fee required) is located between Overton and Las Vegas and can be accessed from North Shore Road or from I-15. This park offers incredible views of red sandstone formations.
  • Overton State Wildlife Management Area. Overton State Wildlife Management Area is a great area for birding and, during hunting season, bird hunting. This area is great for viewing shorebirds, wild turkeys, and waterfowl.
  • Gold Butte National Monument. Gold Butte National Monument is a wild and remote corner of Nevada located south of Mesquite. Gold Butte has a vast network of dirt roads leading to undeveloped campgrounds, petroglyphs, historical mining sites, and amazing geologic features.