Utah's Desert Oasis: Gandy Warm Springs, Utah
Updated: Jan 21
Gandy Warms Springs is an oasis in Utah’s West Desert. Its crystal clear waters offer a way to cool off in the summer heat or warm up on a cold day. You can explore a serene underwater cave that feels more like you are on a tropical island then in the middle of the desert.
Fun: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (out of 5)
Difficulty: Very Easy Easy Moderate Hard Very Hard
Terrain: Water, dirt, rocks, cave
Time: 1 to 2 hours
When to Go: Spring, Summer, Fall
None at Warm Springs site.
Closest public amenities are at a gas station on the Utah/Nevada border 45 minutes away on U.S. 50. If you go on a tour of the Crystal Ball Cave there are bathrooms at the Bates Family Ranch which is less than 10 minutes from the Warm Springs.
THINGS TO BRING
Gandy Warms Springs is a fun way to cool off when exploring Utah’s West Desert. It is less than 1 hour from Great Basin National Park and only minutes from Devils Gate Slot Canyon and Crystal Ball Cave. The water temperature felt like it was in the 70s. The Utah Geological Survey says the water temperature can reach 81 degrees. The water feels cool on a hot summer day but warm in the cooler seasons.
There are three natural pool areas to visit at Gandy Warm Springs. The middle pool has a small waterfall and a small underground cave to explore.
Make sure to bring a headlamp so you can see in the cave. The water is about four feet deep in parts and you will have to duck and maneuver around low hanging rocks. I do not recommend the cave if you are claustrophobic.
The cave was our favorite part. The greenery hanging made it feel like we were in Hawaii instead of the middle of the desert.
You can walk to the upper pool from the middle pool. It is nestled up against the rocks above the middle pool. There were a few old men in this pool when we were there that kindly let my husband take a picture.
We drove from the middle pool to the lower pool. They are probably close to a ½ mile apart. The lower pool area has more of a current to it in parts and is deeper than the other two pools.
The kids had the most water fun here. They played in the current with an attached rope and explored underwater with googles.
PROS & CONS
Beautiful clear water
Fun water cave exploration
Close to a few other adventures. See below.
The spring doesn’t necessarily feel warm on a hot day
Gandy Warm Springs is located near the ranching community of Gandy Utah in Utah’s West Desert near the Nevada Border. From Hwy 50/Hwy 6 you will turn North on the Gandy Highway and continue about another 28 miles. Gandy Highway is a dirt highway with little traffic.
You will turn left at the Gandy sign which is just before the Bates Family Ranch and continue another almost 3 miles. Follow my map below as there aren’t any signage on most of the desert dirt roads. The last three miles is a rougher road which has one small area that you may need a higher clearance vehicle on.
OTHER NEARBY ADVENTURES
Crystal Ball Cave (10 mins)
Devil’s Gate Slot Canyon (20 mins)
Hermits Cabin (1 hour 30 mins)
Great Basin National Park (1 hour)
U-dig Fossil Quarry (2 hours)
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