Arizona Hot Springs
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Hike White Rock Canyon scaling 100-foot walls down into the hot springs.
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heckfy
Pleasanton, California1,224 contributions
Dec 2022
This is one of the best "undeveloped" natural attractions in the area ... It's a relatively easy 3 miles hike from a parking lot through some beautiful western scenery, then there is a cascade of natural (well, improved with some sand bags) hot tubs right in the canyon and it's a short walk to the river.

The place has everything to be enjoyable - plenty of clean natural hot water, beautiful views, a good trail. But also luckily there are some minor obstacles:

- It's seasonal. It gets too hot in summer, so limited to the cold months.
- No facilities. No change rooms, lockers, showers, lunch tables etc
- Brain eating amoeba! Google it and decide yourself.

I think if it were just a bit more convenient - that place would become just overcrowded and ruined. And now it has that fragile balance of being enjoyed but not over exploited.
Written 4 December 2022
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RebeccaN1
Columbus, OH463 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
We went counterclockwise and it was shorter and hard. Coming back we went on the white canyon trail. Stunning views of the Colorado river and pretty canyon. Beautiful rock formations. Wear strong hiking shoes with great traction!!! Conditions were perfect. Bring lots of water. Hot pools were amazing! Highly recommend!
Written 13 November 2022
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pghcheeseman
Pittsburgh40 contributions
Oct 2022
Very scenic and challenging hike. The scenery is beautiful, hot spring was intriguing, and the Colorado River beautiful. If you are doing the loop it is very helpful to have GPS map of the trail because it was difficult to follow for a little while after the hot springs. There is some scrambling up and down rocks. If you go clockwise the hike back up hill is mostly on a creek bad so its sand and loose gravel and it really takes a lot our of you. Bring extra water. My GPS when completed sad 7 miles roundtrip. bring extra shoes for the hot spring.
Written 18 October 2022
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ejavalle11
4 contributions
Apr 2021
Great hike, make sure you have water and good walking shoes! Amazing scenery! Can climb down a ladder to get to Colorado River.
Written 7 December 2021
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Thomas Sims
Las Vegas, NV336 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
We took the wash trail down to the Colorado River and enjoyed the views. We then hiked along the river taking in the sights from the rocky outcroppings on high. We made it to the beach and started up the wash to the hot springs. There is a tall ladder that you will need to climb. As you continue on, each hot spring gets hotter. The last one is really toasty. When you’re done soaking, continue going up to get back to the main wash where you started. There are white arrows to guide you. Bring lots of water and snacks. Wear grippy shoes for the wet rocks.
Written 27 November 2021
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Phyllis B
North Vernon, IN225 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
Loved it's so much, this is a wonderful trip. Lots of beautiful scenery. We planned a 2 day trip which turned into 1 day trip because of high winds. But I still recommended.
Written 9 June 2020
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victorcyho
Toronto, Canada651 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
To do this hike, be fully prepared with enough water and snacks. Check the weather and temperature, so you will be able to tell if hopping in the springs is a good idea.

The hike takes 2 to 4 hours round trip, depending on how fast you hike, how long you take breaks, and how long you enjoy the hot springs.

Note- if you go counter clockwise, be prepared with a gps/map, because after the hot springs, the pathing can lead you to another total different route or to a harder climb up, which could take you into a hard scramble.

Be prepared.
Written 29 January 2020
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amyk90lmt
10 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
This trail is definitely more difficult than "moderate". I wouldn't say it was super difficult, but it wasn't easy. My husband and I took the trail off the left first down to the hot springs. It wasn't marked very well, and we kept confusing the trail for the wash. luckily, they mostly go to roughly the same area. In the hot springs themselves, we came upon the top pool first (I brought water shoes and switched to them at this point, and was very grateful I did) the top pool was very very hot! But as you get the the lower pools they cool down. And we stayed and soaked a while. Going down the ladder, I was terrified. It looks sketchy, and the rungs are slippery. I would have preferred to go up that ladder instead. finding the trail after the springs was tricky and not clearly marked. When we did find it, it was a scramble that I mostly made doing a spider crawl keeping 3 points of contact at all times. Then we hiked back up to the parking lot. It was a steady incline, but it was all gravel, your feet, ankles, and calves will kill. The entire hike, with soaking time, pictures, and breaks included, took us about 5 hours. Overall, the hike was beautiful, loved the hot springs, will be back again but maybe take the reverse of what we did this time, and definitely bring more water. Glad we packed a dry bag and had swim things to get wet in, sunscreen, dry shoes and wet shoes, and granola bars. Please pack out what you pack in, seeing some garbage and graffiti was a little sad.
Written 7 November 2019
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Frank P
Chicago, IL3 contributions
Mar 2019
The trail, the scenery and the experience was all better than advertised. Was concerned about crowding ( went on a Sunday) and birthday suits and saw neither. This hike had great scenery along the trail, beautiful Colorado River views and beaches, and then the springs. Truly a unique and memorable experience.
Written 19 March 2019
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Beth S
13 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
At the trailhead, there's a sign advising hikers to bring 1-2 gallons per person on this hike. My husband and I only packed 6 16.9-oz bottles for the two of us since we were trying to pack light. We went about a week before this trail closes for the summer, so it was in the 90s and windy that day. While the dryness and heat didn't much affect my husband and he was fine with his water ration, I could've done with a lot more. Maybe some sturdier shoes as well, but we managed in sneakers.

Some passing hikers advised us to hike through White Rock Canyon to get to the springs as that trail is "less exposed." That was a scenic, shady hike down to the river. A bit difficult here and there, but good exercise. The river was a welcome respite at the end; nice and cool with campers and kayakers visiting (it's also where the only latrines on the trail are).

The trail is not well marked near the river and does not follow the shore, but we were able to find the hot springs (via the ladder referenced above. The water runs down the cliff, so mind that it doesn't get near your nose, as it carries N. fowleri). So beautiful! The pool right before the ladder is the coolest, and they get hotter the farther in the canyon you go.

While there's other trails you can probably take, we were able to climb up (and between) some rocks at the last hot spring pool and pick up the Arizona Hot springs trail back to the parking lot.
Written 22 May 2018
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