This fun, technical hike is only 30 minutes outside of Vegas and a fairly well-kept secret. It features beautiful canyons, rock scrambling, and three picturesque hot springs -- perfect for those who love a challenge and a relaxing soak. Even locals are only just discovering this hidden gem.

The first mile is flat and deceivingly easy as you walk under a highway bridge and in between looming canyon walls. But don't get too comfortable -- at around the 1.5 mile mark you will reach the first of eight ropes along the trail and the challenge begins. You will need to use these ropes to maneuver down large rocks and boulders. There are arrows spray painted on the walls to help with direction, but if you want to attempt some bouldering, you can choose your own more challenging path.

There are three hot springs along this hike. The first spring may be dried up depending on the time of year you go. Skip soaking here and continue to the second spring which is warmer in temperature and adjacent to a cool "secret" cave (the Cave of Wonders). After testing out the waters, follow a warm stream and pass a couple of waterfalls until you reach the third hot spring. This spring is the hottest offers the best views -- the surrounding canyons provide the perfect natural hot tub setting.

If you want to continue, hike about a quarter mile down and you will reach the Colorado River. This is worth the wonderful photo opportunity. You can cool off here -- dip your toes or wade around and feel the warm spring waters merge into the cold river -- but be aware the water levels and current can change rapidly.

The hike back is challenging as you will most likely be wet or at least have wet feet so watch your step on the slippery boulders!

Note: Avoid this hike in the summer months as temperatures rise above 100 degrees and there have been many reported incidents of heat stress.

Pack List

  • Towel
  • Extra socks
  • Plenty of water
  • Water shoes or tennis shoes with good traction
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RT Distance 5 Miles
Elevation Gain 935 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Autumn, Winter
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Hot Springs
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Swimming Hole

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Challenging but worth it!

I went in early summer when it was hot but not over 95 degrees, Goldstrike is usually closed most of the summer due to the extreme heat (Vegas people will understand). For the first mile and-a-half it was quite easy, but after a while it got more difficult with the ropes and it took some time more because it was crowded. I highly recommend going further down after the third pool to find a lovely hot waterfall and refreshing river. The walk back was exhausting after climbing so much and me, being smart (sarcasm) decided not to wait for other people pulling themselves up a rope, and jumped down about 6 ft onto a boulder and hurt my knees. So the walk back was very difficult but next time I will be slightly more careful. The only thing that I didn't like very much was how many people were there but when I found a nice spot Definitely going back again next summer, it was well worth the trip and a lot of fun.

Beautiful But Difficult

This hike was amazing! I took my parents with me (this was their first hike) and they ended up stopping half way because of all of the climbing of rocks, I kept going and made it though the springs and to the Colorado river. It was such a sight to see and totally worth it! If you’re looking for something challenging, this is the one for you! There are ropes to help you down some of the larger rocks.

So amazing we did it twice!

Found these hot springs on the site and had to check them out. It's not an overly-difficult trail, but there are a few challenging spots with the boulders. The hot springs are incredible! We were hot from hiking and first cliff jumped into the Colorado River to cool off (the river water is quiet freezing) and then headed back up to the hot springs. We had some friends coming out to visit in a couple days, and we liked the hike so much we went back a second time with them. The parking can get crowded but the hot springs never got too packed. 10/10 would recommend!


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