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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Fly Geyser Nevada

Fly Geyser is located in the Black Rock Desert region about 20 miles north of Gerlach, Nevada. These hot springs are sited on Fly Ranch, which is private property. Unfortunately, Fly Geyser is not open to the public, but hopefully that may change in the future.

That does not mean you can not admire this wonder of nature. Traveling via State Route 34 they display themselves from a distance. It is not hard to tell whether you are going in the right direction because the water plumes, which shoot up several feet in the air, can be seen from miles away.

These hot springs are also known as the 'Three Buddhas' because the shapes resemble statues of Buddha. Even though nature has sculptured these hot springs through calcium carbonate deposits and painted them deep, vibrant rusty, reddish and green colors which are a result of thermophilic algae flourishing in moist and hot environments, it is not a natural spring.

In the 1960's a geothermal company drilled a well, testing for a possible energy source. Since the water was not hot enough to suit the purpose, they abandoned the well. It is not quite certain whether they capped it and the cap started leaking or whether it was left uncapped.

Either way, the water freely flowed to the surface depositing several inches of calcium carbonate per year, resulting in the shape is has now. Over 50 years later the cones are over 5' tall and still growing.

While you are on State Route 34 go about three miles north of Gerlach. There is a small field of geothermal vents and springs on the left side of the road, where boiling hot water surfaces from a hole in the ground and spills down a steaming ditch. This natural, undeveloped area presents a beautiful and unique attraction which is open to the public.

One piece of advice: Look, but don't touch!!!

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2 Comments:

Blogger Julie Rodriguez Jones said...

I'd love to see this. Do you know how to contact the owner?

April 8, 2010 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Julie,
The owners do not permit anyone on the premises, but you can try to contact the following:

Friends of the Black Rock/High Rock for access to Fly Geyser.
775-557-2900
380 Main Street
Gerlach, NV 89412

Their website is at: http://www.blackrockfriends.org/friends/

They sometimes are able to schedule excursions with the permission of the owners.

I hope this helps.

God's Grace.

April 8, 2010 at 11:05 AM  

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