From Outhouses to Luxury Loos: Aravada Springs’ Comfortable Restroom Transformation
Tucked away in southern Nevada’s stunning wilderness, Aravada Springs has transformed from a rustic camping spot with basic outhouses into a modern retreat with comfortable restrooms, flush toilets, and showers. Now known for cheap cabins nearby Las Vegas and Mesquite Nevada, Arvada Springs is distinguished by its rich history. Part of that progress relates to modern amenities. Let’s explore this journey from basic facilities to today’s conveniences.
In the 1960s, as depicted in this historical photo by Wilma Whitney Adams, G. Fenton Whitney would haul an outhouse in the back of his pickup for family camping events. Positioned away from the campsite, he had help digging the latrine and setting it up.
The Outhouse Era
In the early days, there were no modern restrooms. Visitors had to use simple outhouses, which were basic but not very pleasant.
Aravada Springs evolved as a popular gathering place for family and friends. Some groups were as many as 50 to 60 people. And in the 1970s when it became needful for facilities use with that crowd, the single flush toilet bathhouse just didn’t cut it. This historical photo shows the entry to that restroom in the background.
The Mobile Outhouse Solution
As Aravada Springs retreat gained popularity, visitors sought to improve the camping experience. Family members invested in a custom portable toilet mounted on a trailer, allowing them to transport it from Orem, Utah, to Aravada Springs. Although this mobile outhouse was more comfortable than traditional outhouses, the reactions and stares from fellow travelers on the interstate were fascinating. Ray Rawlins says, “There was a lot of ‘rubber necking’ as that contraption traveled the freeways.”
The Advent of ADA-Compliant Restrooms
Over time, Aravada Springs wanted to cater to a wider audience, including those with disabilities. This led to the introduction of ADA-compliant restrooms featuring flush toilets, showers, and facilities accessible to everyone.
The Current Offering
Today, Aravada Springs offers modern restrooms that meet accessibility standards. They have the only flush toilets, showers, and facilities designed for everyone’s use within 30 miles. These restrooms are a big improvement over the old outhouses.
Aravada Springs remains a popular destination for families and couples seeking an affordable getaway. Visitors can enjoy swimming or floating in the freshwater pond, surrounded by the beauty of nature.
Aravada Springs’ journey from basic outhouses to ADA-compliant restrooms has greatly improved the camping experience while preserving the natural beauty of the area. Whether you’re a long-time visitor with memories of outhouses or a first-time guest enjoying the modern amenities, Aravada Springs offers an unforgettable camping experience for all. Guests who enjoy ATV trails near Las Vegas and Mesquite Nevada often use Aravada Springs as a base camp for their riding adventures.
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