Secluded near the Arizona/Nevada border, Ringbolt Hot Springs is best known as Arizona Hot Springs. It requires a 6-mile loop hike to reach, about 3 miles each way, so it’s only accessed in the cooler months between October and May.
The closest town is Boulder City in Nevada, located 10 miles west. The trail receives a lot of visitors, so head there during the workweek if you have the opportunity. It’s rated as an intermediate hike, best for adults. Bring plenty of water and leave the pets and children at home. The trail is closed off in the summer because it’s too hot.
Another local hike snuggling the border of Arizona and Nevada on the Colorado River is Gold Strike Hot Springs.
Hot Mineral Spring Pools at Ringbolt
There are four hot springs pools to soak in located near the Colorado River. You’ll see the first two, and then take a ladder to reach the others. They offer great views of the mighty Colorado River, along with a refreshing opportunity to soak in its cool waters.
Ringbolt Hot Springs is situated within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The trail can be done as a loop and takes about an hour and a half to reach the river/springs at a moderate pace. It’s a lovely hike to do in the afternoon when the sun’s a little lower.
Because of the ladder and heat, it’s probably best to leave the dogs and small children at home.
This wonderful hot spring is surrounded by 100-foot-high canyon walls. The temperatures vary, but most are between 100 and 106 degrees Fahrenheit, however, the top ones are much hotter. The source is said to be around 120°F.
There are some remarkable dispersed campsites near the Colorado River. They do get a bit of use from hikers and rafters, so arrive early on the weekends to get a good spot. There is no charge for these primitive sites. And no amenities either. Pack it in, pack it out.
From Boulder City, NV – Take Highway 93 for 10 miles, leading you over the Hoover Dam. Turn left onto Horse Thief Canyon Road. You’ll find parking right off the highway for Arizona Hot Spring Parking / Liberty Bell Arch Parking / White Rock Canyon Trailhead.
The trail is closed from May 15th through September 30th due to extreme heat. The trail has little shade. Check the map in the parking lot for a quick rundown of the trail. You’ll come to a fork that heads to Arizona Hot Springs and Liberty Bell Trail. There are blue arrows marking the trail.
When you reach the Colorado River go left. Follow the next blue arrow and other markers to the hot springs. Enjoy your soak. Bring snacks and water. Take the other part of the loop trail to return to parking.
Address: Willow Beach, Arizona 86445, USA (near Boulder City, NV)
Season: October to May (avoid summer too hot) –> Trail closed annually May 15-September 30
Hike: 6 miles (loop)