In 1968, Howard Hughes, having seen the Warm Springs area during a test flight, purchased the entire Warm Springs Ranch.
In 1978, 2 years after the death of Howard Hughes, the Warm Springs Ranch was purchased by the L.D.S. Church. After a couple of years, the cattle operation started to decline, and the church planted fruit and nut trees, hoping to develop the ranch as a welfare farm. The experimental welfare farm was unsuccessful, so they sold all but 75 acres to other entities. The remaining acreage , which is now called Warm Springs Recreational Ranch, was subsequently developed into a unique recreational area for members of the Church. Included are many camp sites plus two large swimming pools. The Ranch hosts numerous large and small family and group outings, using ground water pumped from a private well to support the grassy fields and campgrounds. Service missionary couples are called to maintain it.