dog friendly



nature trips

kid friendly


trail running

wild flowers


Lake Mead NRA offers year-round recreational opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, photography, picnicking and sightseeing. It is also home to thousands of desert plants and animals, adapted to survive where rain is scarce and temperatures can soar.

Great hike!! Tough on the kids but they did it and it was awesome!!

My grandson and I did the Gold Spike trail head hike today for Earth Day. It was both challenging and rewarding. This is the first time I've attempted this type of hike, which combines mountaineering and hiking and I'm in my mid-fifties. Incredibly beautiful views of Nature and wildlife and the hot springs were amazing. The end of the trail you get a mix of the hot springs and Colorado River water which is really refreshing. If you're up for a challenge, I totally recommend the Gold Spike Trailhead hike.

Intense every turn you make opens you up to a whole new landscape

Not a hard trail at all. The "climbing is fairly simple. People bring their dogs down to the bottom and back up all the time, only reason why I would say it's a hard trail. Sometimes if it's busy you get backed up in lines for the climbs. Absolutely beautiful, if you liked this one go across the river and hike the trail on the Arizona side,too.

great trail did it today make sure you hike all the way to the end a great view of the colo river

Excellent Fun hike, some climbing involved. The springs were fun to wade around In.

Very nice trail. Even if you don't hike on a regular basis. Take tons of water, snack and water shoes is a must. One of the best trails so far.

9 days ago

I have not hiked the full trail yet, but I went on this hike one night with my friends at church. I would not recommend going during the summer or when it's really hot outside (one time someone died of heat stroke), and I would suggest bringing plenty of water. Springtime is fine; that's when I went. I thought the rock-climbing was fun. There's ropes, so nothing requiring gear. Maybe also bring a sack meal and stop when you need to on the way back up. The way down is a piece of cake. And of course, dress appropriately and wear good shoes, and you should be fine.

Absolutely loved this trial!!! But be prepared with enough water and snacks. Maybe take some water shoes, when you get to the water it's not easy walking on rocks.