Arizona (Ringbolt) Hot Springs Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Willow Beach, AZ that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
The trail head is an easy parking lot, well maintained. It serves at the head for both the Liberty Bell Trail and the Arizona Hot Springs (these fork at a point - there's a map in the parking lot). Washes can be frustrating to follow, however this one is easy and clearly marked by happy blue arrows. The trail head is an easy parking lot, well maintained. It serves at the head for both the Liberty Bell Trail and the Arizona Hot Springs (these fork at a point - there's a map in the parking lot). Washes can be frustrating to follow, however this one tends to stay inside a narrow canyon with vertical cliffs, therefore giving you few alternatives. Also, it is clearly marked with happy blue arrows. Once you reach the river, make a left. You'll soon find another arrow. Follow it (along with the other markers) to the springs. It'll be obvious when you come across a small luke-warm springs.
Awesome hike... be prepared to get wet... you must go through the hot springs to get to the river..
was my first hike at this level. was amazing
Loved the hike to the Arizona hot springs we rocked climbed for the first time took the harder route down to the path and once we got to the springs we got to relax and enjoy our Sunday! There is four different nature sauna pools you get to enjoy the higher up you go up the pool the hotter temperature it is the lower pool by the latter is the lowest temperature! Also make sure to take water shoes since there's a lot of Little Rock's outside and inside the hot springs that hurt your feet. Going again this Friday can't wait! Love it!
This is a high traffic trail (a lot of campers + road access), so be prepared for that. It definitely has evidence of more human activity (garbage etc.) than some of the other trails along the black canyon stretch. There's quite a few hot springs in a relatively short hike up from the river, although the further up you go the hotter they get until they're scorching!! would definitely recommend wearing a good water sneaker (i love my solomans) for this purpose - quick dry, lightweight, but give your feet a little extra protection.
This trail is awesome to do in the winter! Went on a sunny day in February and it did not disappoint. I can see why they close this in the summer, similar to Gold Stike, it's quite strenuous at points and I can't imagine doing this in 100+ degree temps. Make sure to bring water shoes or an extra pair. You will have to wade (waist deep for me at 5'4) through 90+ deg hot springs. There is a ladder to scale down with water falling at the same time, and the Colorado River at the end is a great reward to stop and picnic at. Leave no trace and enjoy the hike back! Will def take friends here when they visit.
The trail is not for the faint of heart. The views are awesome and beautiful.. There a challenges along the way. Be sure and take plenty of water. We took the path going to the hotsprings then went down to the river. Definatley an early Spring or fall/winter hike
the cliff jumping part is sweet. the hot springs were nice and deep. definitely a crowded trail at the hot springs part. careful in the heat!
Great hike-- took the scouts and camped overnight on sand near the Colorado River. Loved the hot springs and incredible weather in Feb. Don't do hike in summer. Bring water but can refill at river with proper filtration. Also spot to cliff jump from big rocks into river.
Really nice 6 mile trail. Even though you are going into water take proper hiking gear. Terrain is nothing but sand. Going down is easy, but coming up seems like it just takes for ever. You are going to run into nice hikers or kayaking peeps out there.
Great hike! The first mile was pretty uneventful but once you started into the canyon it got interesting. The trail is not very well marked but as long as you stay on some type of path it all ends up in the dry riverbed that leads to the hot springs. The terrain was very loose so be sure to wear good shoes. And bring your swimsuit! The water was about 102-103 degrees.
Beautiful trail to the hot springs. Follow it a little further and it opens up to a beautiful beach on the Colorado River. We also took the White Rock canyon trail back for a loop. Bring sandals or water shoes for the hot springs, lots of water, and a hat. The trail is full sun until you get into the narrower parts of the canyon and the trail is unclear at times. Just keep following the riverbed. Great for an evening or overnight hike with wine and candles!!
Excellent route straight into the hot springs. I would recommend bringing some water shoes. The pebbles are pretty rough on the feet unless you keep your boots on (& wet boots home). The trail is much shorter than taking the White Rock route. Steeper grade coming down but much shorter. Continue on to the river and see some great views. Enjoy!
one night hike. 4 hot springs from warm to too hot. very enjoyable.
My fiancé and I wanted to hike this trail down to the Colorado River and then take White Rock Canyon back. Unfortunately we missed the trail (due to poor trail marks) to the Arizona Hot Springs and we took White Rock and Arizona Hot Springs back. It made it a little exciting though because as we were walking to the Hot Springs we could here water and once we found the ladder we found the huge hot springs! There were three and the one on top was the hottest. Very cool, fun and exciting hike. The hot springs also had left over candle wax so someones been having some romantic nights there haha
I second Dennis Golden's comment about the sand putting older legs to a bit of a test going back up (felt so nice going down though :-) ) , especially when taking the longer way back through the hot springs and and dry waterfall wall scrambles. For a "visitor" to the area, this was a great hike combining high desert, long gradual wash, slot canyon, Colorado Riverbank section, hot springs, wonderful petroglyps and, as mentioned already, a little bit of scrambling.
Would do it again without hesitation.