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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.

don't go in summer, i went in the middle of july at night and i damn near passed out from the heat. its a very fun hike with a lot of climbing involved do be prepared for it, bring way more water than you usually would need and be ready for wet shoes.

this is a short hike in the beautiful mountains of Arizona. we went in October and it was 90 degrees. The water was beautiful and hot. I suggest not drinking the water though.
great for kids 6 and higher.

Easy and the bridge is great

13 days ago

I'm surprised this trail is open year round. We went on 6/6/18 in 101 degree weather. It was brutal. The trail is not clearly marked at all. We followed what we thought was the trail which lead us to an 150-200 foot dead drop. We wandered around until we found what looked like another trail. Luckily smart hikers stacked rocks which eventually guided us down to the river. The river was beautiful and a welcome reprieve. There is a lot of scrambling climbs, and loose rock, so you need to be experienced. It was so hot, that the tread on my hiking shoes literally was burned off! Coming out, we got on what we thought was the Lone Palm trail, and it took us way out of the way, and away from the direction we needed to go in. We tried to use GPS, but service was in and out. Google couldn't pin our exact location, and the apps for hiking were of no use. We spent an hour by the river, after it taking 2 to get down. It took us wandering for 4 hours to get back to our car. We were almost at a point of calling search and rescue, as we ran out of the gallon per person and 32oz Gatorade each. I don't recommend doing this alone, inexperienced, or in the summer months. Unless you have a trail guide that will actually have you on the correct trail.

hiking
14 days ago

awesome hike, sadly didn't make it to the bottom; you absolutely need to bring a rope or have enough people in your group to pull or lift each other up. that part can not be emphasised enough. lots of going around and over boulders.

This was a fun way to go and see the Hoover Dam. However, the trail just gets you to the parking garage but there are plenty of signs and it’s not hard to get to the dam itself. You can also get to the memorial bridge, it just adds a bit of walking uphill, nothing too steep though. If you use hiking poles like I do make sure to bring your the asphalt feet attachments. It’s all dirt but it’s so packed down it might as well be paved. Words of caution: there is NO SHADE, bring lots of water and sunscreen. Also consider not doing this trail between June and September. If you do then go early in the day. I didn’t get back to my car until 2:30 pm and I was struggling just because the sun was so strong. Overall I thought it was great but I wish I could have done it earlier in the spring.

Great hike and biking trail. Nice historical viewpoints throughout the way. This trail if started at the visitor's center eill lead you all the way to the Hoover Dam visitor's center.

Awesome hike! After reaching the hot springs, walk maybe another half mile to reach the Colorado River! It is very cool.

off road driving
1 month ago

Nice experience and views for first two miles. Does not get to dam unless add steep descent to top of Hoover Dam parking garage. More like 4 miles each way to get to dam. Best option is 2 miles out goes through all 5 tunnels, turn around and go back. Take WATER.

Great view and fun for the whole family!

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.

I've done this on foot and on bikes with my family... great trail, we were even able to pull our youngest in a bike trailer. Loved that we could lock our bikes up and go down to check out Hoover dam.

We did only a small section of this trail. We walked .2 miles to a view point that looked into the gorge where there was a waterfall below. We did not go further into the trail as it was midday and there is not one tree on this trail. It's just flat, treeless terrain. Though at the trailhead it says the trail is not maintained, at least the section we walked seemed well maintained, rock lined paths. Not sure how the rest of the loop is.

hiking
1 month ago

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

Really easy walking trail

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!

4x4 needed for this trail during summer months. Trail was gated at the entrance to the canyon. Trail is closed.

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.

Fun, family friendly, scenic, long! Haha

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.

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