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Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs
by Matt C. Bischoff (Falcon Guides)
The third hot spring along the Lower Colorado River, Arizona Hot Spring includes a waterfall and an excellent pool for bathing. It can be reached by boat or a 3.3-mile hike. Like other hot springs in this area, Arizona Hot Spring can be reached by boat, which means that, despite its relative isolation, it receives quite a few visitors.
Because the hot spring water does not reach the Colorado River on the surface, the first pool you reach is one of the better soaking pools. As you follow the water up canyon you will reach other soaking pools, and eventually a large ladder that takes you up to other pools and waterfalls.
100 Classic Hikes Arizona
by Scott S. Warren (The Mountaineers Books)
Arizona’s western deserts comprise some of North America’s most arid and desolate topography. Yet, interspersed with several incredibly rugged mountain ranges, it is a land of grand vistas and a handful of great hikes. This landscape is unique in many respects, and hikers may find the region’s unusual array of plant life fascinating. Though quite rugged and wholly inhospitable (for hikers) during the warmer months of the year, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area is not without its interesting back-country excursions. One such hike leads down White Rock Canyon to the Colorado River and then on to Arizona Hot Spring.
Touring Arizona Hot Springs
The third hot spring in the cluster along the Colorado River below Hoover Dam, Arizona Hot Springs contain a waterfall and an excellent pool for bathing and can be reached by boat or a 3.25-mile hike. Like other hot springs in this area, Arizona Hot Springs can be reached by boat, so despite its relative isolation, it receives quite a few visitors.
As the hot-spring water does not reach the Colorado River on the surface, the first pool you reach is one of the better soaking pools. As you continue up the canyon you will reach other soaking pools, and eventually a large ladder which takes you up to other pools and waterfalls.
This hike is absolutely incredible. First off, there are two routes from the parking lot you can take one is longer but much easier guiding you through tall canyon walls with beautiful purple brown stone. There is slight elevation change on the longer leg of this hike and more so in a wash, this leg will also bring you out right along the Colorado river and you loop back around until you reach the ladder with the water fall into the first pool which is the least hot of the three. If you chose to take the shorter more daring route it may be shorter but much more difficult as you climb over the mountain as to through it. This shorter route will take you to the back side of the springs which will be the hottest pool and you will have to cross the hottest pools to reach the enjoyable one.
Note: As of yesterday you can no longer get to the trailhead through the Hoover Dam. instead continue on the 93 South on the right 2.5 miles past the bridge. Hike: Hike starts out easy to moderate on the way there. Once you get to the Colorado River the trail is not so easy to find and you must scramble up the montains. The ladder is back up but a little slippery. Overall it is a great hike and a good workout. Highly recommed packing light and wearing water shoes and shorts.
UPDATE: Pleased to report that the ladder has been replaced so accessing the pools from the river approach is possible once again.
Be aware that the ladder at the Hot Springs that allowed hikers to go from the creekbed to the upper level where the hot springs are located was destroyed late last year by a group of kids overloading and bouncing on the ladder causing it to break. No plans have been announced to replace the ladder and an effort earlier this year by some locals to place another ladder there were thwarted by its removal by park rangers. Therefore, there is no way to get to the hot springs from the river approach. It is my understanding there is another route from the trailhead that will take you to canyon above the springs so you can approach them from that direction, but I don't have any specifics at this time.
Absolutely gorgeous hike. I would like to recommend that you pack lite as the trail is long. The hot springs are the best I have ever been to. Make sure you leave early so you can soak a awhile, you don't want to have to hike back in the dark. Additionally bring some water shoes and an extra pair of socks. You will want them.
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