Looking for a great trail in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona? AllTrails has 33 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 15 moderate trails in Lake Mead National Recreation Area ranging from 0.6 to 9.9 miles and from 1,204 to 5,459 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hot springs

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.

Why is it famous exactly? But if you are on the way, why not

backpacking
2 days ago

Beautiful trail with some really stunning hot springs in varying levels of heat— my dog could swim through the last one, but we aware you should carry dogs or small children through the first two. Side trails with really beautiful petroglyphs as well. I probably won’t go back here on a weekend again as there were at least 30 people, some in large groups, filling all the pools. Extremely loud, and extremely crowded, but it’s beautiful, so you can’t blame people for flocking here in droves. Also be aware if you have dogs that don’t easily fit in a backpack— there is a large metal ladder down from the hot springs area to the river area to camp. You cannot complete the full loop if, like us, you have a large dog. Fortunately there were a handful of places to camp right before entering the hot springs slot canyon. Overall gorgeous, and I will be back someday.

Great fun. Got to meet some cool people. The water feels unbelievable on your sore legs!

hiking
washed out
3 days ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

My 3 year old daughter enjoyed herself and climbing on some of the hills next to the trail. The tunnels are definitely cool enough to make it worth while.

What a lovely hike! Not that difficult at all. Great even on a sunny day as there are lots of spots through shady canyons. I don’t recommend bringing children as there is a high possibility for naked bathers (saw 5 guys letting it all out there) so be cautious. Water shoes are handy, such as crocs. Lots of little pebbles in the springs and in the river. Plus a swimsuit as the water comes up to about your waist. Overall a very pleasant hike.

Worth the trip. Mostly easy, gradual hike with beautiful views in the slot canyon and of the river. From lowest to highest.. the river is cold, lower pool warmish, middle warm, upper pool hot.

hiking
muddy
no shade
rocky
6 days ago

Great trail dog friendly excellent for beginners would not recommend in summer zero shade

What an absolutely incredible trail! This was our last stop for a long birthday weekend from Havasu Falls and the Grand Canyon the last week of Feb. Following a weekend of snow and freezing temps, hot springs never sounded better. We arrived to the trailhead later than planned and our goal was to make it to the springs by dark. Golden hour hiking down into the peaks was stunning. THEN we got to the section where you walk a narrow path between the walls of the cavern and it was SO NEAT. We were giddy. There are a couple steep, sandy sections and some rock scrambles (moderate) that we helped each other down/over. We knew we were close when we started hearing voices. We rolled up our pants and took our shoes off and continued on. We handed our packs down first to get off the high ledge then loaded up again. It was a Monday night and getting pretty dark and we had to be very careful stepping over nudies with our packs on through the springs. Everyone started singing to us and was such a fun welcome Haha The first pool was SCALDING and nearly waist deep. Everything after that was more shallow and temperate. Climbed down the ladder no problem and enjoyed the .2 miles to the river and campsites. Found a little nook in the shrubs on the right before it opens up. Ate our Subway we packed in on a rock behind the privy overlooking the Colorado and stargazed and listened to the fish jump. Spent several hours relaxing in the last pool and listening to philosophical debates by "enlightened" people. Slept great and packed up at 4am to hike out to make our flight. Took right at an hour and a half to hike out from the camp site. Such fun! Glad we didn't cut it from the itinerary

hiking
8 days ago

Great hike with a great view from the top. There is a TINY bit of scrambling (class 2.5) for roughly 15 feet. Other than that, really easy. That weird scramble kind of take away the fact of brining your dog. Unless you can fit it in your backpack. Not our 70 pound lab lol. Stop at Hoover on the way hole for lunch :)

Awesome trail. Our 3 girls loved it. Scrambling and climbing involved.

It is closed at the third tunnel but you still get a great walk. Definitely dog friendly. It is a little over 3 miles from parking lot to the third tunnel and back with great views of Lake Mead and surrounding rocks. Easy hike in and out with little elevation changes to the third tunnel.

great trail. have hiked it several times. will definitely hike it several more.love the scrambling and the ropes.

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

This trail is actually over 6 miles... My Alltrails said it was 3.2miles to the last spring which was very hot. I couldn't save my progress because my map somehow said I hiked 20 miles, the reception screwed my GPS tracking.

10 days ago

great trail!

Did this hike this morning. Great hike lots of sun exposure in the afternoon. It definitely heats up quickly. Very popular hike lots of people on the trail. Huge parking lot but it fills up pretty early. Great camping spots near the river. .

hiking
10 days ago

I loved this hike !!!! It’s is dog and kid friendly, but I wouldn’t call it super easy. Somewhere between easy and moderate . I wouldn’t recommend taking small kids who have a tendency to wander due to the cliffs. Great view of river /wash.

hiking
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

I did this hike yesterday. Starts off easy with a nice stroll downhill in the wash. The scenery is beautiful you will see lots of birds. This is more than a hike be prepared to do some rock scrambling and light rope work. They have ropes in place to assist. I recommend bringing gloves with rubber grips and prepared for wet feet. Overall the trail is challenging mostly for the rock obstacles. The hiking portion is a cake walk.

hiking
off trail
over grown
11 days ago

It's not a hike.... the trail is away from the hot spring.. ..

hiking
rocky
scramble
11 days ago

We had a blast on this trail despite the crowds. We really enjoyed the scrambling and route-finding. Didn't really notice the crowds except where it bottlenecked at the ropes and down at the hot springs and river. Easily accessible parking and easy to find trailhead. Great spot to adventure during a short trip to the area.

Just finished this hike (March 8) with my wife and my two boys (8 and 14 years old). It took us total of 3 hours and REALLY enjoyed it! This app shows 7.1km out and back but it’s actually 7.8km one way only! Down from Montreal and first time in Nevada/utah/arizona! We had an AMAZING time!

hiking
11 days ago

Closed at third tunnel.

I think this is the best hike if you have a couple hours to kill and don’t mind getting a little wet. The entire trail follows the wash clear to the river. This hike includes some rock scrambling and a couple short but steep rope sections. The rope sections are not bad just tricky with wet shoes. You will have wet shoes for sure.

starts very casual but then turns into a very fun and challenging descent. Wear grippy shoes as much of the stone is very smooth and bring a change of socks in case your shoes get wet!

hiking
bugs
no shade
12 days ago

Great view good beginner trail

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