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Evans Plunge, Hot Springs
(2.7/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
Evans Plunge's history stretches back to a time before settlers arrived in the area. As the story goes, the Sioux and Cheyenne tribes once fought for possession of the springs in the valley of healing waters. The most fierce battle raged on the high peak above the springs and that's how Battle Mountain got its name.

Built in 1890 and subsequently revamped many times throughout the years since, Evans Plunge is fed by numerous small sparkling springs and one mammoth spring of mineral water that bubbles up at 87 degrees at an inflow of 5,000 gallons of water per minute. To this day, water in the pool changes over completely 16 times daily, ensuring clean, fresh, living water at all times.

The 50x200 foot pool ranges in depth from 4ft to 6ft with two shallow enclosures for children. Two waterslides shoot out into the pool, there is a water volleyball net, "Tarzan" rings, an outdoors pool open during the summer and much more which guarantee a fun time for all in the main pool. For those more interested in health and wellness, there are hot tubs available and upstairs, a gym to work out.
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  • Our 15 yr old swimmer granddaughter wanted to swim laps one morning of our trip and her 11 yr old sister played on the indoor slides. Both loved the facility. Extremely friendly, helpful staff, clean ...  more »
  • The water is 87 degrees year round, but even inside it started to feel a little chilly. We went during a weekday in October and just about had the whole pool to ourselves. The kids loved the slides an...  more »
  • Not quite what we expected, but fun to be a part of history. We bounce around in the pool for @ 1/2 hour. Being October when we visited the pool was not very busy. 
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  • I had an absolutely lovely time here. I'm 30 years old and even I was running around to the water slides and the swinging rings like a little kid. The community atmosphere is incredibly endearing and I will definitely be stopping in if I'm ever in the area again!
  • Loaded with baby piss and shite. You can DRINK the water in the lake, like all the YMCA pools in the USA it's rundown, over priced and a breeding ground for staph/eye infections, both of which YMCA pools gave me. RUST also. CDC warns about these places on their website.
  • Kids had fun on the slides but for the amount we paid I expected a nicer facility! The pictures and brochures make it look very nice but it is very run down. Needs a good coat of paint! However, I was impressed with the amount of lifeguards. Don't waste your time unless you really enjoy bathing with others!
  • My family had a wonderful time here. The slides, rope swings and basketball were a lot of fun for us. I unfortunately left my swimming trunks here and then left town, and the manager, Chris, went to great lengths to get the sent back to me. I am very grateful for the amazing customer service. Thank you Evan's Plunge for the great time!!
  • It is so hard to give an impression of Evans Plunge. On the one hand, the facilities were clean and nicely laid out with adequate safety signage and lifeguards. On the other hand, the description of "warm mineral springs" is quite definitely misleading. They warned us beforehand that the outdoor portion was closed due to a sever storm overnight, but neglected to mention that the outdoor portion was over half of the facilities. The indoor portion is a giant swimming pool -- admittedly with a nice rock pebble bottom -- and two small slides, one of which was closed as well. They claim it is 87 degrees, but felt significantly colder to me. The "health spa" portion is not natural mineral water, the hot tubs and sauna were both chlorinated. The hot tubs were your generic pre-fab set up, and the steam room was tiled with manufactured steam. Contrast this to the hot springs in Thermopolis, Wyoming where the hot tubs and steam room were actual untreated spring water. In summary, we did not have a "bad" experience, but neither was it a good and fulfilling experience. I do not recommend Evans Plunge; but if your kids insist on going, hopefully the outdoor slides are open and there aren't three large school group!