The Dirt: Cold Springs Station



Cold Springs Station is a historic Pony Express Station and Resort that sits at the base of the Desatoya Mountains, along US Highway 50, The Loneliest Road in America. It is approximately 45 miles east of Fallon.

This OHV-friendly Resort has a restaurant and bar, motel, convenience store and campground with RV hookups and water available. It is a great staging point for Off-Road Adventures. There are also several unimproved or dispersed campsites, with different degrees of accessibility.

The area is popular with the locals, with a lot of historic ranch ruins. Frequent springs and seasonal streams create narrow, oasis-like belts of lush green growth. Gates and fences are frequent, and the trails are often unmaintained. Climbing out of the lush canyons, visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges and valleys. Birdwatching is a particularly popular pastime here, and there is even a signed bird-spotting area near Big Den Creek, Southwest of Desatoya Peak.

Points of Interest include the Cold Springs Pony Express Station and historic mining sites such as the Wonder Mind and Eagleville. The Desatoya Mountains are fairly rugged, so trails will vary in elevation, surface type and difficulty.


To reach the Cold Springs Pony Express Station from Fallon:

  • Take US Highway 50 East for approximately 45 miles.
  • Cold Springs Station will be on the right.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: Bureau of Land Management

BLM Field Office – Stillwater
5665 Morgan Mill Road
Carson City, NV 89701

Telephone: 775-885-6000

Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only. For local regulations regarding OHV use on county roads, visit the BLM OHV Website https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/OHV.

Always plan ahead and prepare for uncertainty. Travel with warm clothing, first aid, food, water and appropriate tools to fix a problem.
Traveling in groups is always a good idea, as well as informing someone of where you will be going.

  • Register Your Vehicle
  • Make sure your vehicle is equipped with a spark arrestor
  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Trail Users

Leave No Trace

Tread Lightly

Historic Preservation

Plan Your Visit