Soon after purchasing the hot springs and the surrounding property, David Walley and his partner erected a tent and began charging $.50 a bath. The enterprise was a huge success and it wasn't long before Walley bought his partner's interest in the springs.
Once in control of the property, David Walley sent for his wife and set about expanding his operation. The couple from New York wanted to build a luxurious spa and hotel, in the hopes of attracting the patronage of the wealthy silver barons and other socialites from nearby Virginia City. With the help of his wife, Wally developed a $100,000 spa that included eleven baths, a ballroom and vast gardens. This was the place to come for therapeutic soaks for rheumatism and other ills.
Today, Walley's Hot Springs is open year round. There are seven mineral pools whose waters range in temperature from 98 degrees to 104 degrees. There is a fresh water pool for relaxation or swimming where the water is heated to approximately 85 degrees. For a small fee, a visitor can enjoy all of the pools, a steam room, a dry sauna, and a full equipped work out room. Walley's Hot Springs has become a full service resort with lodging accommodations, a spa, and meeting facilities.