Originally the springs were within the Paiute peoples homeland for centuries. They moved their dwellings into small enclaves in the rocky cliffs to the west after immigrants took their land. The ranch at the natural springs was first established in 1843, as a watering stopover for wagon trains going to California on the Old Spanish Trail. The place would latter be built up in the 20th century as a tourist stop, including among other things a replica 1880s mine. Now the location is crumbling into the dirt, it's memory and true history slowly fading. Although it is still used as a landmark for travelers and is occasionally picked over. The latest of whom are a gang of Vipers.
Bonnie Springs is an abandoned ghost town, with a single main street leading to a boarded-up saloon, flanked by destroyed and otherwise derelict buildings. The town is occupied by well armed Vipers, four regular gangers and two leaders equipped with plasma grenades and a trail carbine respectively. Once killed, the area will be taken over by cazadors on return visits. Wiping out the cazadores can lead to a blind deathclaw spawning here.
- Love and Hate: Looted off the Viper leaders.
- 2 Sunset Sarsaparilla star bottle caps: In open crates with empty bottles, these are located on the porch of the second build east from the campfire, in the southern row of houses.
- The leaders are well equipped and carry several plasma grenades as well as a set of combat armor and a set of metal armor, reinforced.
Behind the scenes
- Bonnie Springs is based on a real location in Nevada. Officially called Bonnie Springs Ranch, it's been used as a movie set in countless western movies, creating the iconic western look that the game's location replicates.
Bonnie Springs appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.
- Bonnie Springs Ranch on Wikipedia
- Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collectors Edition p.298-299: "[1.20] Bonnie Springs
Slowly fading from memory and crumbling into the dirt is the old mining ghost town of Bonnie Springs. Use this location as a landmark. The ghost town itself is being ransacked by around six Viper Gang members with two Leaders. Be sure to loot a Unique set of Spiked Knuckles from the one who tries to hand-to-hand combat with you. Then check the second building porch for a couple of Star Caps."
(Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition Tour of the Mojave Wasteland)