Spanish Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in Washoe County, Nevada, United States. It is located in the northeastern part of the Reno–Sparks Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 15,064 at the 2010 Census.
Spanish Springs is located at 39°39′30″N 119°41′42″W (39.658301, -119.695130).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 56.0 square miles (145.0 km2), of which 55.7 square miles (144.2 km2) is land and 0.35 square miles (0.9 km2), or 0.59%, is water.
Sky Ranch Airport, a 2,000-foot (610 m)-long dirt airstrip, was located northeast of the intersection of State Route 445 and Spanish Springs Road. This 1940s auxiliary field was the site of the first Reno Air Races, in 1964 and 1965, then was the location of the headquarters of the 126,000-acre (510 km2) Rocketdyne Nevada Field Laboratory (NFL), which was used in the late 1960s and early 1970s for testing rocket engines used in the Space Program.
The Sky Ranch airfield site has been covered by housing developments, which are expanding in the area as the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area expands.
With the closure of Sky Ranch in 1970, another airfield was graded approximately 2 miles (3 km) west. Now known as Spanish Springs Airport (N86), it has been in continuous operation since 1971.
As of 2013, the Washoe County School District is offering an elective course in the Paiute language at Spanish Springs High School. Washoe County is the first school district in Nevada to offer Paiute classes.
Spanish Springs has a public library, a branch of the Washoe County Library.
As of the census of 2000, there were 9,018 people, 3,014 households, and 2,531 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 151.5 people per square mile (58.5/km2). There were 3,078 housing units at an average density of 51.7 per square mile (20.0/km2).