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 were called to maintain it.
Warms Springs experienced a fire on July 1, 2010. The facilities suffered extensive damage. Miraculously, no guests had scheduled to use the facilities that day. Only two missionaries, Grant and Marcia Watkins, were on the property at the time of the fire and were quickly and safely evacuated after valiant attempts to fight the fire.
The facilities were reopened in June 2017 and are now under the management of the Las Vegas Nevada Tule Springs Stake.