Natural hot water available here
has been a popular attraction
for thousands of years.
A winter village site for about 5000 years,
these hot springs had large pit houses typical
of plateau communities northwest of here from
4300 to about 1200 years ago. After that,
small huts used by Great Basin tribes became
fashionable. Deer, rabbits, and river mussels
sustained this winter camp. After 1842,
emigrants using an Oregon Trail alternate also
patronized Givens Springs.