Mojave River Valley Museum
Desert Hot Springs -
Tecopa Hot Springs
Tecopa hot springs is a "primary hot springs". Here, mineral water is geothermally heated by
by magma chambers which exist miles under the Earth's surface. While the temperature of the
water fluctuates between different sources, the water temperature usually measures between
116 - 118° F. The ambient temperature of the water in the summer months, however, can be as
high as 121 - 135° F.
The Tecopa hot springs are not, as far as I understand, just one hots springs but a series of
of hot springs in the relatively small area of Tecopa. The spring shown here is a natural-looking,
yet man-made springs called, I believe, Railroad Springs. I'm not sure at all why, but it probably
has something to do with the
Tonopah & Tidewater railroad
that ran through the area between 1905 and 1938.
I read somewhere about the only one claimed to have died from the hot water was
one of a bunch that would in the cold of the winter, get drunk and dive into the springs.
I remember he was in his early 90s and was on the mend from a heart attack. Whether it
was the hot water that killed him, or the concious abandonment of the will to live, it is over.