Hike to Goldstrike Hot Springs

5 Miles Round Trip - 935 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Gold Strike Hot Springs Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Kelly Park

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.

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Chillin
Photography
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Hot Springs
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Swimming Hole

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5 Miles
935 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Great Hike!

This hike has been on my list for awhile, and I'm so glad I was finally able to do it this weekend! The trailhead is right off of the Hoover Dam exit - take a right and park wherever. We did it during the afternoon on a Sunday, and while there were a lot of people there, they were mostly going the other way. It was actually kind of nice to come up during the late afternoon because we were in the shade; however, next time, I would definitely hike it in the morning in order to have more time down at the springs. We were surprised as to how many climbs there were, but we were able to finish it without a problem. That being said, I don't think I could have completed this hike without help - there were numerous spots where our group had to pull up one another! Highly highly recommend!

Make Sure You Bring Gatorade

There's rope and water streams, so bring Gatorade and some comfortable shoes lol, and a hiking buddy unless your a Lone Ranger, it was tough cause I decided to freestyle a bit lol haha, not fun, but then I decided to finally hit the tourist way and it was a breeze after that, easy sort of, but there is some tough obstacles. It's not for beginners, you have to push your own weight most of the time, so be advised of that, other than that it's awesome!!! Later hikers

Fabulous

Perfect getaway! These springs are almost directly below Hoover Dam. The hike is fun and adventurous. We did it when it had just opened legally the first few days of October. We chose a cooler day and it was still pretty warm! Normally I like to start a hike early morning if I know it'll be a hot one. With this trail it was actually better that we started around midday - going to the hot springs is all downhill. So we hiked out when the sun had already gone down farther in the afternoon making it much more pleasant to hike uphill in the cooler late afternoon/early evening temperatures! Enjoy and be safe! The rocks going down are quite slippery!