Explore the most popular hot springs trails in Arizona with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
20 days ago

We have 4 kids- 9, 7, 6, and 2. The bigger kids could do most of it all on their own. A few times we had to hold their hand but they loved it. There are a few cooler spots with small streams to play in. Beautiful scenery. The 2-year-old had to be held most of the time and passed between my wife and me, but we made it.

Great hike. Might be hard for young children.

hiking
24 days ago

Awesome hike with a beautiful "rain forest" in the desert.

hiking
25 days ago

I would not call this a hiking trail, more like boulder climbing all the way to the bridge. I hike three times a week and this is not moderate, I would give this a very hard rating. There was no enjoyment for me taking this route to the bridge. This may be enjoyable for some people, just be prepared if you decide to go here. Also, be very careful when you get to the bridge, very slippery and dangerous rocks. If you are going there to see the bridge I would recommend the Gowan trail, short and steep. It is very beautiful there, but I will not be going back.

1 month ago

Tried to hike today... closed.

We backpacked in, they allow fires, so we brought some 4 hour logs. we also brought our dog, but the rocks were to rough on his paws. So I suggest shoes for your furry friend. I did some fishing as well. It is also very busy, with canoe guided campers, and to find a decent camp is hard.

off road driving
1 month ago

For 4x4, not hiking per say....Also map shows "Apache Rd" as exit from I-40, wrong, the exit is "Griffith Rd", coordinates are correct, just the map is got wrong street names.

BE WARNED: THIS DOES NOT DIRECT TO EASY ROAD. If you click 'directions' above, it will route you to the Dugas Road exit off of the I-17. This is the road that will take you to the ranch/hotel side of the Verde River. it is extremely rocky and not advised for anyone in a regular vehicle. if you are looking to rock crawl, this is the road for you. In my lifted Jeep it was awesome, but if not, take the route that leads you to Child Power Rd. it is way safer and the river crossing is easy most months of the year. I actually saw an old car crashed down the ravene that clearly should not have been on this road.
TLDR:
Looking for intense 4x4? Take Dugas Rd to 68G
Looking for friendly dirt road? Take FR260 to Child Power Rd.

This past weekend was my second visit to this location. My amazing dude was my escort both times.
First trip: about this time last year on a Saturday into Sunday (we recollect). There were about a dozen people enjoying the creek from where we could see at our campsite. He swam, I didn’t - too cold for me. There was trash around the campsite (and scattered all around really) including a tampon and an applicator which was really phocking disgusting, people are awful. Once we got to the actual hot spring it had no other guests. We enjoyed it and decided to head back to camp. Almost at that moment, a group of hikers showed up to the tub. Perfect timing.
Second visit: not a single car or voice that we noticed in the area of what we now consider our campsite. We awoke to the sound of a helicopter landing in the clearing, literally next to our tent and vehicle hidden by the cover of trees. The chopper was so close, sand blew in our tent. We greeted the pilot and occupant happily - they commented that they didn’t even see us! They fished a bit and left. We both went swimming but I abandoned the activity after my love was bitten in the butt by a fish! No thank you, good-bye creek swimming on this trip for this gal. I can hang but I have my limits. We sat by the water chatting, snacking, & watching the fish jump. They too must have seen the fisherman in the hilo depart. We found ourselves ready to nap on the shore in some shade, the two guys playing on inner tubes on the other side were the only other company to be seen or heard. A pair showed up on quads and moved on. We thought this day was too good to be true. This really was OUR spot.
Suddenly disaster struck when one of the tube guys experienced a less than graceful expulsion from the rope swing and badly broke a leg. My guy, the helpful & conscientious person that he is, was able to fetch the quad guys whom just happened to have experience in this type of thing. It was a much more refreshing experience of humans than the beach tampon issue of last summer.
Five stars. Check it out. Bring your own rope. See you out there trail folk!

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.

a great view when you make it! Some shade. lots of rocks to climb over and slide down on.

hiking
2 months ago

Very scenic hike. Not very intense, just very slippery rocks. Great park to hang out for an afternoon with a picnic.

Highly recommend the Pine Creek Trail if you want to climb over rocks and need a fun little challenge! It was absolutely breathtaking-it was as if it was raining inside the cave when you got to the end! Such a gorgeous site to see...

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.

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice little hike - lot of scrambling over boulders and great scenery. Wasn’t real impressed with the other “hikes” in the park but this one was worth admission.

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

Loved this hike! It’s strenuous climbing over the boulders and the scenery is beautiful! Saw a rattlesnake so look out!

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.

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

Hike is great and family friendly! We love coming here. But brought family from out of state to hike today and it was closed. Make sure you check to see if the trails are open again before you go because it is totally worth it.

backpacking
4 months ago

Really fun trail; lots of exposure and cacti. Great campsite at the end.

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