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Barney Riley Hot Springs Adventure

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Barney Riley Hot Springs Trail

Summer months by appointment
Next trip: July 25 - 27, 2021

Drive an off-road vehicle via the Barney Riley Trail to camp and  basque in one of several natural hot springs tubs overlooking the scenic Carson River.  We do not disclose directions to keep this as least crowded as possible.  Vaguely, it is about two hours from Carson City, NV.

While day trips are possible, the full experience is when you camp overnight to take advantage of pitch black skies dotted with billions of twinkling stars under campfire.  Adventures include a moderate off-road trail including crossing streams and meadows, clothing optional hot tubbing, swimming, fishing with license, supervised target and skeet shooting, hiking, and relaxing under a large canopy with your feet in the water sipping on your favorite beverage.

Trip Adventures

Customized to each group's preferences

Off-Road Experience

There are two trails coming in.
As long as you have a 4x4 vehicle with moderate clearance, the easy trail should be fine.  Those preferring a more challenging trail including a few rock crawling spots, is also an option.  Discuss this with us beforehand.
We also have availability for you to ride with us in our own Jeep vehicles.



The highlight is of course relaxing on one of several small hot tubs naturally fed by underground hot springs.  What makes this so unique and better than other hot springs, is the main stone hot tub is perched on a cliff over looking the beautiful Carson River!


There is also a deep swimming hole with the rapids feeding into to it.  One one side is another hot tub and on the other is a beach to enjoy the sun.


Miscellaneous Adventures by request

In addition to hiking, cliff jumping, fishing, and trail excursions, we can also supply firearms to test your target and clay shooting skills in a highly supervised environment.


Or... you can just relax and enjoy the views.

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Barney Riley Reservation

Option 1 - BYOV (Bring Your Own Vehicle) - 4x4 required with moderate clearance. (See FAQ's) 

  • Day Trip: $300 p/vehicle. Includes off-road instruction, hearty lunch, and non-alcoholic beverages.

  • Overnight Camp: $300 plus $200 per night p/vehicle.  Includes in addition to above, dinner, breakfast, and lunch.  Tents and sanitized sleeping bags with body sheet included.


Option 2 - Ride with us 1 to 4 passenger spots in a 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

  • Day Trip: $400 p/group (4 passenger max). Includes hearty lunch, and non-alcoholic beverages.

  • Overnight Camp: $400 plus $175 per night p/group.  Includes in addition to above, dinner, breakfast, and lunch.  Tents and sanitized sleeping bags with body sheet included.

Combination of BYOV and Ride With Us is possible.  Contact us for any personal preferences.  We are here to accommodate you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Cancellation Policy - You may cancel for any reason before May 31, 2021 for a full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee. Johnny G Adventures reserves the right to cancel the trip for a full 100% refund to you.

  • Vehicle Information - 4WD, spare tire, and jack are mandatory for both the easy and moderate trails. 

    • Easy Trail - Clearance should be at least 15" between the ground and the lowest point of the vehicle body (sides and bumpers.  Axles and differentials are not as critical.)  Tires should be all-terrain tread, if not, please contact us to discuss.

    • Moderate Trail - Clearance should be at least 18".  Oil pan skid plate required with additional skid plates suggested.  Low Gear highly suggested.  We will discuss your vehicle beforehand.

  • Potential damage - There are several bushes lining the trail which can cause very light scratch marks on your vehicle.  If you are concerned about "sage brush pin stripping", it is best to ride with us.  Flat tires are rare, but do occur.  A/T tires are highly suggested.  Under carriage damage on the Easy Trail would occur due to improper driving skills.  Moderate Trail will put a couple dents and scrapes on the undercarriage.  The chances of roll over are minimal.

  • Weather - Average day temperature is 52° - 90° F. Nights average 28° - 45° F.  Rain is rare but has occurred.  It is best to check the weather forecast for Carson City, NV no more than 3-5 days in advance.

  • Cell Service - There is no cell service at or along the way.

  • Wild Animals - Snakes are common and there are rattle snakes, but not often seen.  Black bears have visited but are highly unlikely to attack unless provoked.  A variety of other small animals are common.  There is no hunting.

  • Payments accepted - We accept US Checks, PayPal, Venmo, American Express, Mastercard, and Visa.

  • Meals - Any dietary restrictions must be communicated upon reserving.  Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are included. Coolers will be provided for your own beverages.  Meals can be addressed upon reservations.

  • Bring: 

    • Day Trip - Your own alcoholic beverages.  Water shoes for crossing the rocky river.  Hiking shoes, hat, sun tan lotion, sun glasses, camera, and beach towel.  Folding chairs will be provided.

    • Overnight - In addition to the above, we request you bring your own sleeping bag and pillow, but if not, we have some to offer with interior body sheets for sanitary reasons. Tents are supplied at no extra charge.  Since camping expectations vary widely, please provide a list of expected items to confirm we meet your expectations.

    • A flexible attitude as the itinerary may change due to weather, group consensus, and unexpected outside variables.  

  • Accommodations  - We are rural camping, with an emphasis on rural.  Tents are the 7'x7'x4' tall dome style tents such as used by the Boy/Girl Scouts.  Each tent can hold either 1 person or a couple sharing a queen mattress.  We provide air mattresses that are a generous 8" tall.  For groups preferring a taller more spacious tent., we have up to "10 man" tents that realistically house 4 adults comfortably with room to stand up. 

  • Restrooms - These are not established campgrounds.  There is no private bathroom so we provide a small porta potty that requires you to bury your discharge.  We emphasize, this is rural camping and defines the difference between a crowded established campsite and a more secluded rustic adventure.  I would suggest we have a discussion to ensure your expectations are realistic.

  • Physical condition - Unless you pan to hike, basic outdoor conditions are fine.

  • Children - All well-behaved children are welcome and children under 7 are at no charge.

  • Pets - Pets are not advised due to the bump road in and the potential for them to get lost. If you strongly prefer to bring your pet, let's discuss in advance.

  • Fishing - A California fishing license is required and obtaining one is the responsibility of fisherman.  I am not a fisherman so I would not be a lot of help.  Past guests have caught mostly Rainbow trout, German Brown, and small Brook trout.  It is all Catch & Release.

  • Who is the leader - Johnny G is your adventure leader  He has personally experienced each adventure unless otherwise noted.  He will also be assuming the role of Chef Boyar G for your culinary delights.

  • What if I have more questions?  Contact us and we will answer as best we can. 

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