Rotten Egg Spring

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Rotten Egg Spring is located on the western edge of the Smoke Creek Desert, north of Round Hole.

Thompson and West (1881) state "Six miles south of Sheep Head is a spring called Buck, or Bull, Spring, and six miles farther south is Rotten Egg Spring, a name peculiarly appropriate, so extremely disagreeable is the water both to the smell and taste."[1]

Garside and Schilling (1979)[2] cite Waring (1965)[3] who cites Russell (1885)[4]. Waring stated that Rotten Egg Spring produced 10 gallons per minute at 92F and that the spring smelled strongly of H2S.


  1. Myron Angel, David F. Myrick, "Reproduction of Thompson and West's History of Nevada, 1881," p. 565, (1881, 1958).
  2. L. J. Garside and J. H. Schilling, "Thermal Waters of Nevada," Reno: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Bulletin 91, 163 pages, 1979.
  3. G. A. Waring "Thermal springs of the United States and other countries of the world," 1965 U. S. Geol. Survey Prof. Paper 492.
  4. Russell, Israel Cook, 1885, "Geological history of Lake Lahontan, a Quaternary lake of northwestern Nevada," U.S. Geol. Survey Mon. 11, 288 pages.

External Resources

  • GNIS Rotten Egg Spring
    • Citation: "U.S. Geological Survey. Geographic Names Post Phase I Map Revisions. Various editions. 01-Jan-2000."