Alternative to Vegas pool parties during the day

If you’re tired of overpriced Vegas day clubs and looking for an alternative adventure, you will like this beautiful hike: Goldstrike Hot Springs.  Hikes like this one change my perception about Nevada and make me appreciate Vegas trips more. We don’t know many hikes that contain such an extensive list of fun like this one does:  natural hot springs, boulder climbing with ropes, going through the canyon, tiny waterfalls, a gorgeous view of the Colorado River at the end, and a mini cliff jump.

If you’ve ever been to Zion National Park, this hike will remind you of its famous Narrows trail.

I discovered this place back in 2010, and it was pretty empty back then.  When we went last weekend, there were a ton of hikers.
Drive:  From the strip: 45 minutes drive.
Level of difficulty: mild – moderate
Distance: 7.6 miles round trip
Time:  4 hours (We were going at a pace of 4/10 exertion level)
From Yelp reviews: 3 hours is the fastest time, and 4- 5 hours is usually an average time.
The hike is not for the follow types of individuals:  1) you are really pregnant,   2) you have severe hip or knee arthritis causing severe loss of range of motion in your lower body,   3) any acute neck, shoulder, back, hip, knee pain, etc.,  4) you rather be in the pool parties, or if 5) you are too hungover and dehydrated.

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What to bring:

  • Hiking boots (definitely helpful for many uneven, wet, slippery surfaces you will encounter.  Water resistant hiking boots- even better!)
  • Sunscreen
  • Light jacket
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Gloves (optional: but really nice, especially if you don’t have calluses like I do).
  • If you are planning to go into to the hot springs or cliff jump:
    • a towel, extra clothes, socks.

# of natural hot springs that are dip-worthy: 2

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There is also a cliff to jump off at the end if you dare.

Expect to climb with ropes: There were about 6-7 climbing spots (the highest one is no more than 10 feet). Unfortunately, there is only one way up/down when there are ropes, so it can take a while waiting for others to pass through the ropes.

Directions to parking:
Finding this hike can be a little tricky.

Use the address: US 93 Hoover Dam, Boulder City, NV 89005

Google maps will tell you to drive over the bridge and tell you that you’ve arrived when you’re driving through it.  (Apple maps is fairly accurate in this case).

The trailhead is located slightly South of the freeway: ==> Take the exit (exit 2) right before the bridge and turn right after the exit.  You will see a dirt road to park (a bunch of cars will be there) and start your hike.
So if you noticed you are going under a freeway after the exit, then you are going the WRONG way.

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Note: this trail is closed between May and October: the reason being heat stroke killing a bunch of people back in 2014.  ( *** )

Tips:

  • The best time to hike in the Winter or Spring months: December- March is especially pleasant when the rivers and hot springs are at their peak from the Fall.  Also, the sun is out without being super hot: pleasant temperature in 70’s.
  • Leave early so you can have breakfast at the famous Coffee Cup restaurant in Boulder City on the way (featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives!).  We got there at 8:45AM on a Saturday morning and waited 20 minutes for a table.
  • Leave extra early (like 6am) if you wanna avoid the crowds, and avoid the wait to use the ropes during the hike.

It will start out boring for the first 40 minutes of the hike but we promise that it only gets beautiful, especially as you get closer towards the end (Colorado River).

Snakes: some reviews mentioned that there were some snakes (California Kingsnake, rattlesnakes) but we didn’t see any.

Have fun!! And comment below if you have any questions.

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