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On my drive to work yesterday I passed basecamp on highway 6 as I do almost everyday. What was strange though was that the place was a hive of activity.
I thought I was an old timer because I recall (just barely) the payphone at Warm Springs that didn't accept money. You had to have a calling card. Or maybe I'm delusional and it was someplace else. I was never around when the bar was open. A few years ago they fenced off the area so you can't even peak at the guts of the bar through the window. [Actually a hole in the wall. There was no glass.]
There is some mineral build up by the spring. But if you notice, they run the water across the highway for cattle grazing. I assume it is just warm water by the time it has traveled on the land. Granted cattle can drink water not potable, but it can't be too toxic.
They fenced off the water at Crystal Springs. That is one impressive watering hole. It looks like the fence is just on the tourist side,i.e. next to where the base workers park by the ET Highway sign. You could probably get there from another direction. That is cold water, though it didn't stop some skinny dipping ladies.
You probably know about the hot spring across from the R Place. Very crowded.
If you want an odd ball place to stay, there is a hotel in Caliente where they pipe the hot spring water into a whirlpool tub in your room. I think it is at 37°37'15.68"N 114°30'38.25"W. The place was owned by FLDS, but has changed owners due to it being the Warren Jeffs crime scene. Lots of oddball stuff goes on in these little desert towns. I think this is the Scientology re-education camp:
I believe the land north of the hot spring at Alamo is private. There is a for sale sign on the parcel as you drive on 93. Same goes for the additional hot spring area just south of the public hot spring. The owner has had a pissing contest with the state of Nevada, supposedly wanting more money than the state is willing to pay.
I have/had a spreadsheet of hotsprings I got off the internet before it got polluted with people selling crap. Doing an internet search today on hot springs brings up a lot of peddlers. However this page looks interesting:
Nevada hot springs