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Gold Strike Canyon

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2.3 Miles 3.7 Kilometers

57' 17 m


-892' -272 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (16°)

1,561' 476 m


726' 221 m


Shared By John Blackwell


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Beautiful canyon with hot springs, caves, waterfalls, steep canyon walls and nice view of the river.

John Blackwell

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Features Cave · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

You must be able to pull yourself up a 6-foot rope. Your feet will get wet as some of the hiking is through streams of water. This trail is closed from May 15, 2016 through September 30, 2016 due to the heat.


The hike at Gold Strike Canyon Hot Springs, also known as the Nevada Hot Springs, follows a canyon to the Colorado River just downstream from Hoover Dam. The trailhead is located off of a gravel road that goes under the new stretch of Highway 93 heading toward the new bridge, and located a short way past the Hacienda Casino.

The route follows the drainage, descending over several minor waterfalls as it makes its way toward a sizeable area of hot spring fed pools. The total distance on the out-and-back hike to the pools is five miles with 800 feet of elevation gain on the return. The stretch of canyon past the pools going to the river is significantly more difficult, and there is one section where you have to pull yourself up a 6-foot rope.

Along the way, you'll come across waterfalls and hot springs and the trail ends at the Colorado River.

Flora & Fauna

There an abundance of desert flowers in the early spring, February and March. Plants include indigo bush, ground cherry, Mormon tea, cheese bush, rush-milkweed, rabbit brush, desert fir, globe mallow, desert tobacco, desert trumpet, rock nettle, rock daisy, and windmills. You also might see big horn sheep watching over you.


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Brilliant hike dropping down into the Black Canyon. Ends at the Colorado River. Bonus are the hot springs! Watch out for the brain eating amoeba.

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One of my favorite hikes ever!!! It didn't take long to get to the largest "hot spring." We even enjoyed going in for a dip! Boy was it HOT!! Beautifully clear running water from the fall. Then we trekked the rest of the way to the cold Colorado River. We were hardly winded and enjoyed the views of the Dam Bridge. Going back was a bit harder and the last mile was a bear! Will be back again! Oct 20, 2017
Nicole Shaw
Westminster, CO
Nicole Shaw   Westminster, CO
Had a blast hiking this route. Loved the scrambles and route-finding. Some bottlenecking at the ropes but overall not bad despite crowds. We enjoyed the trail, the hot springs, and the view from the river. 3 days ago

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