My favorite local hot springs are the ones in White Rock Canyon, on the AZ side of the Hoover Dam. But there are some pretty cool ones on the NV side, too…about 45 min outside Vegas, just before you get to the Hoover Dam.
The hike to these springs is more challenging than the hike to White Rock. It’s about the same distance, but this hike has a lot of bouldering, with some pretty steep drops that require the use of ropes (which are already there). It’s a challenging hike and a great workout!
You reach the first springs pools about halfway to the river. Some of them are pretty nice…but in my opinion, it’s definitely worth soldiering on to the actual river. Down there, the hot water from the springs meets the icy cold water of the river…so you can wade in just as far as you want, to find your optimal temperature 🙂
As a bonus, there’s a sauna cave nearby!! This cave is more of a tunnel that goes back pretty far into the side of the canyon wall, and is really hot and steamy and amazing. You can swim to it from the Goldstrike beach area, or just take a boat. There’s a tiny beach in front of the sauna cave.
If you do take a boat down here, you should launch from Willow Beach, about 14 miles downriver in AZ. The trip along the river is AMAZINGLY beautiful, with all these beautiful emerald-green caves along the way in the water. The light in these caves is best in the afternoon.
Video of the hike:
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