Explore the most popular wildlife trails in Lake Mead National Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The trail is a hard one to follow, but stay in general area and direction, it was worth it to get to the water falls. I will do this hike again after it rains to actually see water flowing off the water falls.

Take plenty of water on warmer days. I spent hours exploring this area and plan to go back in the fall

It was a fun hike through the canyons to the hot springs. Definitely lost the trail along the Colorado a few times. Didn’t try to go all the way through the springs and went back through the canyon.

The hot springs were awesome but we learned many things today after going on this difficult hike: bring lots of water (we had brought 1 gallons worth for 2 people and ran out before we finished the hike) and start early. We started from the parking lot at around 2 pm and made it back at 7 pm. The weather was nice (high of 80 degrees or so) but my hiking companion and I (we are from the North) were showing signs of overheating and dehydration (dizzy, seeing spots). We hikes the southern route both ways which was really tough. The path is mostly sand/gravel and is poorly marked when you get to the Colorado River. We ended up off roading and making several detours in an attempt to find the path. When you get to the Colorado River, you need to go up and around. Going up and down the ladder was really scary and I recommend proceeding with caution as it can be Slippery. Also, definitely test the temperature of the water before stepping inside the hot springs. The lower tier springs were okay temperatures but the higher springs were excruciatingly hot. My favorite part was seeing and dipping my feet into the Colorado River. The water was extremely clear and cold. Perfect for my heat stricken body! I was told that the southern path should not be taken back as it is a mile longer than the north.

Love this trail! The cool crisp Colorado river waiting for you at the bottom is such a perfect reward!!!

Beyond beautiful trail! We did this hike 1 weekend ago and it was amazing. A little tougher on the southside of the trail loop. We started on the north side and then stopped at CO river and then to the hot springs. Make sure u bring swimming clothes or a change of clothes if u plan on passing through the springs. The only way through is to get in the water. it was waist high on me. I am only 5ft 2in. Beautiful view, canyon, flowers everything. I cant wait to go back!

I did this hike may/6/18. Started at 7am took the hot springs trail, went a lil off for like a mile, because it wasn’t clear what track to stay at. but than came back on the trail, the hot springs are beautiful, had a snack at the Colorado river. Than came back they the white rocks trail. It reached 93 degrees, on our way back. Extremely hot, and incline. Not worth it, not much to do or see on that trail. I would just go back thru hot springs next time. Take lots of water! Enjoy!

We went on this Trail yesterday. It’s a beautiful hike. I wish it was marked more clearly on where the loop begins and what direction to keep going in. I strongly strongly suggest brining loads of water. There were 3 of us hiking and 2 of us had 2 liter packs and we ran out well before the hike was over with. Also, while walking though the hot springs the rocks are incredibly slippery and slimy. I slipped on some rocks and fractured my tailbone. Which made the hike back to the parking lot miserable. We will do this trail again but when it is much cooler and we will be more cautious of our feet.

It is a great hike to take out of town guests, but make sure they are acclimated to the heat first! A lady from a Northern state went on the hike today and came back up the giant mountain on the south trail. She had a heat stroke and required rescue. (There is no cell service, not even emergency service, on most of this trail.) Her friend ran back to the trail head to get help and she passed out. It takes three weeks for your body to become acclimated to very hot weather and Arizona Hot Springs trail can be 20 degree hotter than Vegas. After three weeks of being in the heat, your body will switch to hot-weather mode and sweat at a faster rate to cool you better, it will also pump blood away from your core to your skin and extremities to get rid of heat faster. If it is in mild-weather mode, it cannot cool itself fast enough in these temperatures and you can have a heat stroke. Never bring indoor people or people from cool climates on this hike if Vegas is over 80°F. Never take the south trail back, you will be going up a giant mountain with no shade in the brutal sun. It is OK to take it down and then take the north trail back up. Also, take advantage the cold Colorado river and use evaporative cooling! Spend at least five minutes cooling down before coming back up. Get your clothes wet and your clothes will do the sweating for you and keep you cool as the water evaporates from them. This really works!!! Do it!!! It's free and easy!!!

This is a fun hike to bring out of town guests that want to go on an adventure. Just go on a nice day. It can get hot out there. I have on a few occasions taken another route from Kingman's. Which, involved repelling, then rafting down Colorado to Arizona Hot Springs, and then rafting down to Willow Beach after we were done at the Hot Springs. Either route, is fun!

Trail is still open but will be closed May 16th. There is no construction. An earlier reviewer who said it was closed might have been thinking about Goldstrike Canyon, which is closed due to construction.

The northern path is easier since it is between canyons and shade! Also the northern path has this cool ladder to get the hot springs. When going back, my friends and I didn't continue on with the south part of the loop, we went back to the northern path because we wanted to also swim in the cold lake. The cold lake was very cooling since temperatures got close to 90 degrees when I went.

I'm so glad I decided to check out this review and find out it is now closed before driving out there.

Amazing hike. I had never rock climbed before, so it was challenging for me and I only got through 3/6 ropes. But no matter how much you do it's beautiful all throughout. I would even go back to complete it if I had the chance.

I will definitely hike this trail again it was a lot of fun!

hiking
24 days ago

The trail is amazeballs! It will kick your buttox, bring water and/or Powerade -Ricky Bobby oh! Trail is closed!!! Just tried it today! Its all due to HWY construction, eat me!

hiking
26 days ago

This hike is a lot of fun; a bit of scrambling, light climbing and beautiful views. The way down is relatively easy, however the way back up can be a bit more challenging based on your experience level. It requires a bit of climbing, and you will need to go up and around a couple spots where the trail seems to be at a dead end. I actually did this hike twice in a week, as I lost a silver chained dog tag that my wife gave me, and was hoping to find it, with no luck. If someone happens to find it, please get in touch.

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28 days ago

This trail kicked out butts!! But it was so worth it! We went a few years ago in October. It was warm and sunny. Def need to come back and give it another climb!

Trail access is currently closed due to construction! Apparently building first responder access!

Overall great time! The hike out was painful, but well worth it. The pools were a great temp (minus the first, that was a scorcher). We will do again once it starts to cool down again.

Bummer, the trail is closed. We tried on 4/22/18, all access is closed.

hiking
30 days ago

Petroglyphs you can walk right up to. Hidden oasis that during times of he years has a trickle of water in this otherwise barren desert.

The trail was easy. Easy to take the wrong loop. My Garmin Oregon 700 was not much help; But the map on my wife's I phone did help. The gravel/ sand makes the going slow for us 68 year old husband and wife. We averaged closer to 1 mph rather than the 2 or 3 mph we walk when in the city or on hard pack trails. The views are nice and the hot springs was enjoyable. We liked seeing the Colorado river. Best part was meeting so many nice people

Love this hike. Good elevation changes and bouldering down lower. Love to sit in the Springs. Definitely worth your while.

How do you get to the trailhead with the construction going on?

One of our favorites! Our boys (8 & 10 yrs old) loved the challenges with the ropes and never shy away from some good bouldering. They are very experienced hikers though. Make sure your children are up for a challenge and that you can assist down and up the ropes if you plan to bring them. One rope in particular is hanging over water and was not possible for them to traverse but it was only a 6ft drop that we were able to lower them down. Be smart, bring lots of water! Canyon temps run about 15deg higher then Vegas temps. There is an awesome fill station with supplies (salt, sugar, potassium) and instructions about 25 mins into the hike to make a "sports drink". All around amazing hike!

Such a beautiful hike! Did on a day where the high was 80, the way back was very hard at peak sun hours. So try doing on a cooler day. But absolutely beautiful. Pack a lunch and enjoy the view!!

Easy trail to follow and you’ll see the many markers, but a good half of the trail is hiking in the canyon. You’ll get to the Colorado river, good place to cool off and have a snack. Keep to the left you’ll see the markers and climb up over the hill to the next marker. You’ll find a crack in the wall and you have to climb through, looks a lot harder than it is. Once you get to the bottom stay to the left to get to the hot springs. Gets pretty packed on the weekends to be prepared!

Visiting the Vegas area and this hike ranks top three as the best we’ve ever done. This *did* kick our a$$es (and scraped/bruised elbows, knees, shins, etc). We brought just enough water and snacks in small bags, and were thankful for gloves. Other hikers on the trail were courteous and friendly, and helpful to others who needed help up/down a climb. The views were amazing throughout, and the hot pools were fun to explore. Colorado River was a great mid-hike cool down- take advantage of it before starting back. We will definitely do this one again next time we’re in the area!

We absolutely loved this hike!! Right from the start it was awesome! The flowers are blooming everywhere and its gorgeous against the dark canyon walls. It’s not to far until you reach the first hot spring but they are spread out throughout the hike. We had so much fun using the ropes. Another Bonus is the trail leads to the Colorado River! Have fun, bring lots of water.

One of our favorites! Our kids (8 & 10) are experienced hikers and handled it well. Definitely a challenge but well worth it.

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