Hiding all throughout Nevada in unsuspecting places, are the most breathtaking and alluring natural wonders. From incredible geysers to jaw-dropping mountain ranges, there’s no protected area in our state that has both a creepy and fascinating history like this one:
Located in the most unusual place, you can find Devils Hole within Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
A geothermal pool within a limestone cavern that to this day, no one knows how deep it is. In Nye County in the middle of the desert, finding such a deep body of water is truly out of this world. Ready to hear something mind-blowing? The small pool has been known to show activity when earthquakes are happening across the world in places like Mexico, Japan and Indonesia.
The 40-acre area is fenced off, protecting the unique natural wonder and the extremely rare species that call it home. As you can see on the informational sign pictured above, Devils Hole is filled with the tiny but fascinating Pupfish. Most people consider this species to be the most rare in the entire world, living in a tiny ecosystem.
Sadly, the rare natural wonder has seen its share of unfortunate and rather terrifying events.
One night in 1965, a small group of friends jumped the fence surrounding Devils Hole. Two boys that were 19-years old and 20-years old would dive into the deep pocket of water, only to never return. Quickly after the boys went missing in the pool, a rescue team attempted to search for the boys in hopes that they had gotten stuck in an air pocket deep below the surface. Sadly, once the diver came back up the surface, he had nothing but upsetting news. The diver would come to find a mask with a snorkel, along with a couple other items that belonged to the missing boys over 300-feet below the surface. After searching Devils Hole, the two boys would never be found.
Just this year on April 30th, the hole was vandalized by three people. The intruders were reportedly drunk, leaving behind beer and even stumbled into the water right where you can find the Pupfish. Their disrespectful actions were fortunately caught on tape and after a reward was offered, tips came in revealing the identity of the three men.
Another disturbing bit of information surrounding Devils Hole? How about the fact that for a brief moment in time, Charles Manson was convinced that this place was the gateway to an underworld.
So the story's told, Charles Manson came and meditated in front of Devils Hole for an entire three days. It wasn't until the third day that Manson supposedly had his epiphany where he was convinced that the answer to all of his problems could be found at the bottom of this limestone formation. Plenty of people have their own version of this story, but the gist of it is that after this three-day meditation period, Manson then began to attempt to come up with a plan to drain Devils Hole.
Below, you can watch an amazing video that showcases how Devils Hole and its Pupfish are managed and the history behind what makes these two wonders so special: