Arizona Hot Springs (Ringbolt Hot Springs)
ElevationAscent: 1,176' 358 m
Descent: -1,173' -358 m
High: 1,545' 471 m
Low: 659' 201 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)
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“A nice hike down White Rock Canyon to the river and then back up the Hot Spring Canyon Upper Trail.”— John Blackwell
After taking in the scenes of this beautiful canyon, you'll arrive at the Colorado River, where you may see kayakers and pontoon boats maneuvering down the river. As you hike near the banks of the Colorado River, you'll have beautiful views up and down river.
Then you'll work your way over to Hot Springs Canyon where you can take a dip in the consistent 55F temperature river water. From there, you'll hike up Hot Springs Canyon, which parallels White Rock Canyon to Arizona Hot Springs. There will be warm streams and small waterfalls to hike through as you make your way to the 20-foot ladder. The warm pools are at the top of this ladder. The ladder is in a waterfall, so hold on tight with at least 3 points of contact at all times with the ladder.
At the top of the ladder, you'll encounter three pools made of built up sand bags. These three pools will vary in temperature. Most of the hiking season, the bottom pool will be around 92, the middle pool around 104 and the upper pool around 108. These temperatures will vary depending on the winds coming through the canyon. These pools are heated by natural geothermal waters that move to surface through faults or fractures in the rocks. Choose a pool, sit back, relax, and take a warm hot bath while admiring the scenery of steep rocks high above you.
You may be visited as you relax by harmless lizards, tarantulas, and hummingbirds. After your fountain-of-youth soak, you'll be ready for your trip back. Make your way up through the Hot Spring Canyon Upper Trail which will lead you back to the trailhead. Stop at times and look back towards the river as the views are magnificent.
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