Arizona (Ringbolt) Hot Springs Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews

Arizona (Ringbolt) Hot Springs Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately 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.

5.9 miles 1184 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

hot springs

views

scramble

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.

backpacking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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!

6 months ago

camping
6 months ago

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.

7 months ago

7 months ago

9 months ago

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.

geocaching
10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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!!

hiking
1 year ago

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!

1 year ago

one night hike. 4 hot springs from warm to too hot. very enjoyable.

hiking
1 year ago

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

hiking
1 year ago

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.

hiking
2 years ago

Great hike! I used to hike here 50 years ago as a Boy Scout. It brings back memories. The hike to the petroglyphs adds special enjoyment for me. Hiking out in the sand was a little tough on this old man, but I wouldn't have missed it.

hiking
2 years ago

This is a great annual hike I've been making with my wife and (sometimes) kids. Other than the hot springs it's also great to spend some time down by the Colorado River. If you don't want to make this an out and back trip there is an additional trail that is also really nice and involves seeing some petroglyphs. The "back way" has two trail options. One is following a wash back out. The other is up and over a saddle in one of the mountains. It's a steep trail but a great option to varying the hike. I've included a compilation of some pictures from my trips down there.

hiking
2 years ago

The gravel pretty much the whole way to the river made me want to take the river next time. A lot of work for such a small hot springs. It was a beautiful hike though

hiking
3 years ago

Awesome hike! We are beginner hikers and it was a good combo of easy and challenging. The hardest part for us was when we came upon the 25' rock wall. There is no rope there to help climb up the rock as shown in some pics. We went back and forth trying to figure out how to get up this huge wall. After wasting time and semi panicking we realized we could climb up the side to the left of the wall, up and over. It was a bit nerve wrecking as we are not professional climbers, but we did it and it was awesome! Towards the end of the loop where it cuts to the left back to the original trail we missed it and had to kind of weave back and forth to get back on the trail. Definitely give yourself enough time if you are going to hike the whole loop.

hiking
3 years ago

Excellent trail that has been around for many years. Things have changed since the bridge has been completed so if you are use to pulling off to the right at mile marker 4 you are in for a surprise. There is now a trailhead with a parking area off to the left and you cross under the highway in order to get to the wash leading you down to the Colorado River. The traditional route through White Rock Canyon is good for all experience levels of hikers. If you choose to take the back way out through the hot springs, which is shown at the trailhead and turns this into a loop trail, you will need a bit more experience. Due to coming across a few dry waterfalls there is some pretty intensive rock scrambling and climbing. The back route is not recommended for dogs or children. However, if you do decided to take the back route out you will find some really interesting petroglyphs. This was my 20th anniversary from when I first hiked this trail and hopefully it will still be accessible in another 20yrs.