With and Ernita overseas, and my local climbing partner flaking out on me lately, I’ve had to burn my energy by doing some local hikes. To be honest, it’s helped with my goal of losing close to 25 pounds. (Trying to be between 180 to 190 pounds) Of course, I’ve always enjoyed hiking, but I have to admit, having some natural hot springs to visit makes it even easier to convince myself to get out.
Arizona Hot Springs, outside of Boulder City seems to be the most popular hike in the area, so I would normally avoid it, especially on a weekend, but with no hiking partner except Kuma, I thought it would be nice to have other hikers on the trail in case something happens.
Arizona Hot Spring, also known as the Ringbolt Hot Springs, offer a series of warm to hot tubs in the middle of a six mile hiking loop. White Rock Canyon Trail meanders downhill thru some pretty desert scenery, a long narrow canyon and finally three different tubs to soak in. Each tub offers a very different temperature between 90 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Just below the lower pool is a shallow “puddle” to recline in and enjoy the gorgeous view of the Colorado River below.
These three pools, at the base of a nearly vertical canyon, are perched above a 20 foot cliff creating a nice waterfall of hot-water. If doing the complete loop, a ladder needs to be down-climbed here. (Quite interesting with Kuma in one arm.) Instead of backtracking, Kuma and I opted for the ladder and sometime relaxing on the beach below.
From the beach, we head up river to the next beach, before turning inland and hiking the adjacent canyon back to the car. The 1000ft of elevation gain spread out over 3.5 miles was barely noticeable, but the dry gravel riverbed did slow us down.
While most of the information lists the trail as difficult or strenuous, and hard to access for dogs, Kuma and I didn’t find this trail very demanding. We spent about 40 minutes walking to the springs, and less than an hour walking out after relaxing on the beach.
Getting to the Trailhead
The White Rock Canyon Trail can be accessed 8.4 miles east of the Lake Mead Visitor Center, down U.S. Highway 93.