Arizona (Ringbolt) Hot Springs Trail

MODERATE 140 reviews

Arizona (Ringbolt) Hot Springs Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Willow Beach, Arizona that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until February. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1663 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

hot springs

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

washed out

NOTE: Trail closed from May 15-Sept 30 due to extreme heat according to NPS.org. 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.

hiking
5 days ago

This was a great trail. Did the loop going through the hot springs on the way down. Turned out to be 6.5 miles and a great day.

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5 days ago

7 days ago

A beautiful trail with a great destination. There were four different hot springs to choose from. The first was waaay to hot but the other three were perfect. The Colorado river is just a short hike past the hot springs. The trail could use more signs. It gets a little confusing in some areas. The trail is closed from May 15th to Sep 30th. I guess due to the heat?

Beautiful Trail

16 days ago

Had a great time! Took a wrong turn at one point and the hike turned from 5.4 to over a 9 mile hike. Still had a blast. Can’t wait to go back and enjoy some more time in the hot springs!

20 days ago

Hard to find the actual hot spring, trail is not always clear to follow.

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5 months ago

Beautiful hike out to the river. Brig plenty of water

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6 months ago

Really nice loop. Misread the signs and did the trail hot springs side first- this made the trail easier I think. Technically this was easy but the loose gravel was annoying and tough at times. Beautiful scenery and well worth a few hours of your time.

6 months ago

kind of confusing due to there being so many different trails. there are tail markers, but sometimes not for awhile. it was pretty difficult due to sand like trail, I'm used to dirt trails. the hot springs were amazing and the metal ladder was fun to climb. BRING LOTS OF WATER. very tiring, but so worth it. I'd recommend to anyone.

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing hike! Come prepared to walk on rocky and sand like trail - takes lots of energy. Completed hike in 60 degree weather and I was sweating and exhausted towards the end - no shade throughout trail. Not sure it would be enjoyable to hike trail on a hot summer day but if you do - beautiful cold lake once you pass the hot springs! The hot springs were amazing, the lake was beautiful, and the views/scenery were breathtaking! The first Hot Spring you enter is super hot - the others are not as hot. The metal stairs after the Hot Springs - careful going down might be slippery. Enjoy!

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6 months ago

Fun trail, an adventures trail for beginners.

hiking
6 months ago

nice little oasis in the middle of the desert. The first pool is really hot but the second and third are perfect.

6 months ago

this is a great hike!!
we made it down to the hot springs in 1 hour 3 min.
some walking and some running.
great views.... lots of rock!
bring a pair of water shoes.
the springs are awesome and very relaxing atmosphere.
spend some time here.
be very careful going down the ladder.

hiking
6 months ago

great hike! wasnt prepared for practically the entire hike being soft riverbed sand, and i paid for it on the way back up at a steady incline, which did not help my already tired legs and feet. we should have done the loop, but with two large dogs we couldnt pull them up the springs ladder. had i known it would be like walking up quicksand i would have found a walking stick. So be prepared for constant soft terrain.
Bring plenty of water, if you think you have enough already, pack a little more. i saved just enough water for the last sip when we got back to our vehicle and i was so grateful for it!
Take time to stop and appreciate the scenery. The volcanic rock formations and changes in landscape shape are worth every step of that hike and the hot springs will help rest your muscles.
Enjoy!