Fly Ranch Geyser also known as Fly Geyser is a man-made small geo-thermal geyser, located in Washoe County, Nevada, approximately 20 miles north of Gerlach. It is located near the edge of Fly Reservoir and is only about 5ft high, but 12ft wide, counting the mound on which it sits.
The Fly Ranch is private property and is owned by Todd Jaksick. There is a high fence and a locked gate, topped with spikes to bar trespassers from entering. The only access is a dirt road, but the geyser is large enough to be seen from the road.
It is not an entirely natural phenomenon. It was accidently created by well drilling in 1964, exploring for sources of geo-thermal energy. The well may not have been capped correctly, or left unplugged, but either way dissolve minerals started rising and accumulating creating the travertine mound on which the geyser sits and continues growing. –
The geyser contains several terraces discharging water into 30-40 pools over an area of 74 acres. A prior well-drilling attempt, in 1917, resulted in the creation of a man-made geyser of boiling water close to the currently. active Fly Geyser. It created a pillar of calcium carbonate about 12ft tall, but ceased when the Fly Geyser began releasing water in 1964. Two additional geysers, in the area, were created in a similar way an continue to grow. The 1st geyser is approximately 3ft and is shaped like a miniature volcano and the 2nd geyser is about 5ft and is cone-shaped.
Traveling via State Route 34, the geysers display themselves from a distance. These three 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 colours which are a result of thermophilic algae, flourishing in moist and hot environments, they are not natural springs.
While you are on State Route 34, go about 3 miles north of Gerlach, there is a small field of geo-thermal 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. A word of advice : LOOK, BUT DON’T TOUCH !!!!!!!