“A strikingly beautiful volcanic area leading down to the Colorado River and to Arizona Hot Springs.”
— John Blackwell
River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Closed May 15, 2016 through September 30, 2016 because of the heat. Temperatures can reach as high as 120 F / 49 C. No cell service. There is a 20 foot ladder to climb at the hot springs. Dogs cannot climb the ladder.
This trail is very rocky.
This route is through a wash and wide slot canyons made of red and gold volcanic rock. There are also white granite rocks that have washed down and settled among the volcanic rock. The contrast in colors is amazing.
You'll see ringbolts embedded in rocks along the river; these bolts have been there since before the Hoover Dam was built. They were there so that steamboats could attach cables and pull themselves over large rapids. These rapids are now tamed by the Hoover Dam and steamboats can no longer take this path.
Once you get to the Colorado River, the path cuts back up away from the river over to Arizona Hot Springs. At the hot springs, you'll encounter a 20-foot ladder that you'll have to climb in order to continue on the trail where it connects to the Hot Spring Canyon Upper Trail
Flora & Fauna
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 may also encounter big horn sheep.