Arizona (Ringbolt) Hot Springs

#3 of 40 trails in Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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Arizona (Ringbolt) Hot Springs is a 6.5 mile out and back trail located near Willow Beach, Arizona that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Gerard Bonfils (1270)

19 Completed15 Reviews

I second Dennis Golden's comment about the sand putting older legs to a bit of a test going back up (felt so nice going down though :-) ) , especially when taking the longer way back through the hot springs and and dry waterfall wall scrambles. For a "visitor" to the area, this was a great hike combining high desert, long gradual wash, slot canyon, Colorado Riverbank section, hot springs, wonderful petroglyps and, as mentioned already, a little bit of scrambling.
Would do it again without hesitation.

Dennis Golden (400)

6 Completed4 Reviews

Great hike! I used to hike here 50 years ago as a Boy Scout. It brings back memories. The hike to the petroglyphs adds special enjoyment for me. Hiking out in the sand was a little tough on this old man, but I wouldn't have missed it.

Joel Masson (132)

11 Completed2 Reviews

This is a great annual hike I've been making with my wife and (sometimes) kids. Other than the hot springs it's also great to spend some time down by the Colorado River. If you don't want to make this an out and back trip there is an additional trail that is also really nice and involves seeing some petroglyphs. The "back way" has two trail options. One is following a wash back out. The other is up and over a saddle in one of the mountains. It's a steep trail but a great option to varying the hike. I've included a compilation of some pictures from my trips down there.

Sheri Pasaj (107)

2 Completed1 Reviews

The gravel pretty much the whole way to the river made me want to take the river next time. A lot of work for such a small hot springs. It was a beautiful hike though

Michelle Sudak (357)

6 Completed1 Reviews

Awesome hike! We are beginner hikers and it was a good combo of easy and challenging. The hardest part for us was when we came upon the 25' rock wall. There is no rope there to help climb up the rock as shown in some pics. We went back and forth trying to figure out how to get up this huge wall. After wasting time and semi panicking we realized we could climb up the side to the left of the wall, up and over. It was a bit nerve wrecking as we are not professional climbers, but we did it and it was awesome! Towards the end of the loop where it cuts to the left back to the original trail we missed it and had to kind of weave back and forth to get back on the trail. Definitely give yourself enough time if you are going to hike the whole loop.

Andrew Jones (710)

7 Completed5 Reviews

Excellent trail that has been around for many years. Things have changed since the bridge has been completed so if you are use to pulling off to the right at mile marker 4 you are in for a surprise. There is now a trailhead with a parking area off to the left and you cross under the highway in order to get to the wash leading you down to the Colorado River. The traditional route through White Rock Canyon is good for all experience levels of hikers. If you choose to take the back way out through the hot springs, which is shown at the trailhead and turns this into a loop trail, you will need a bit more experience. Due to coming across a few dry waterfalls there is some pretty intensive rock scrambling and climbing. The back route is not recommended for dogs or children. However, if you do decided to take the back route out you will find some really interesting petroglyphs. This was my 20th anniversary from when I first hiked this trail and hopefully it will still be accessible in another 20yrs.

Tad Smith (635)

31 Completed12 Reviews

Took the wash down and the alternate path through the pools on the way back. The pools were excellent and warm. The ladder was in very good condition and appear to be fairly new (thanks to those maintaining it). The hike out was less stimulating since the pools zapped quite a bit of energy, so don't stay too long or one will never get home.

Tad Smith (635)

31 Completed12 Reviews

Fall is an excellent time of year to take this hike. Taking the wash down to the Colorado make camping an easy in and out. The hot pools are just a short jaunt down the river along the trail. The return was through the pools and up the opposite wash.

Brandon Booth (1579)

33 Completed15 Reviews

The trail was awesome. You travel down a wash, which twists and turns through the Whiterock Canyon, hiking along vertical cliffs. The trail is quite sandy, and slopes gently. It was much better than anticipated. The hot springs were cool. A little ghetto considering that they the pools of water were contained by sandbags. But that's really a minor knock off. I went on veterans day, so there was quite a bit of fellow hikers. The hot springs are situated in a tight-fitting canyon with walls that are only 6 to 9 feet apart, so it can get crowded real fast. I'd recommend going to these springs when the weather's cool, and during the week when everyone is at work.

The entire hike to the river was very easy, you just have to contend with the sandy path. But the hike to the spring itself requires some rock scrambling. The pics posted show these locations. Easy for a fit person, but not wheel-chair accessible.

Ryan Ibarra (119)

13 Completed2 Reviews

If you haven't been here in a while, make note of the parking lot moving from the right side off the road to the left. With the construction of the bridge going over the Hoover Dam, they had to relocate the parking lot. It's still exactly 4.5 miles once you cross into Arizona.

This hike is fairly easy going down. You hike down a dry wash all the way to the Colorado River. From here, hook left and find the trail that takes you over a few hills. Once you get less than a half mile down, you should be able to find the hot springs. The hot springs are a bit better than those on the Gold Strike hike (Nevada side hot springs). When you're heading back, you can either hike right back up the wash or hike through the back of the hot springs. It's more of a workout if you go the back way since you do have to climb a few boulders. Nothing too crazy, but tons more fun than the way you came down.

Once you go through the back way, follow the wash and about a mile and a half, you'll see a trail appear at you 10 o'clock vision. It'll lead you up a mountain where the parking lot is right on the opposite side.

It's a decent hike. :-)