A leisurely walk winds you a few miles down through an ancient wash, making you feel small as the canyon walls rise up around you. Marvel at the way the canyon was formed by ancient waters as you follow the wash that snakes you down to banks of the brilliantly blue Colorado River. Try not to trip as you scan the rocky enclave above for Big Horned Sheep and small Arches. Once you reach the river, you’ll walk South along the banks, up and over a rocky crop and back up into another wash leading to the springs – a final climb up a rusting ladder will bring you to the 110 degree springs. The hike out is slower going as you retrace your steps, the soft sand and gravel is taxing on your calves. Make sure you wear shoes that can get wet.
- Distance: 12.0
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From trailhead go West on gravel path. At trail split, stay right.
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Trail decends down into Canyon wash at slight grade. Follow trail signs.
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Canyon walls raise above you. Easy rock scrambling.
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Veer South off path, scramble up to base of unnamed Arch.
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Unnamed Arch. From here head back to trail.
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Wash opens up as canyon walls widen.
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Canyon walls tighten, continue on trail towards river.
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AT Colorado River head South. Walk parrallel to river.
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Camping is possible @ this sandy beach.
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Go out on rocky overlook for views of Colorado River. From here follow path to another sandy beach.
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From beach head inland, up & over rocks. Do not follow wash back from river. Trail not obvious here, but stay close to river. After a short scramble the path begins obvious again.
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After a short climb, head away from river. Veer right through a small crevice. Minimul climbing required. Look for trail sign above (East) of you.
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Head away from river. To the left & below is the wash you’ll follow.
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Veer South (right) at junction for rocky overlook or down steep, gravel path to wash below.
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Rocky overlook for Colorado River views. Head back to waypoint 15 & continue to Hot Springs.
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At bottom of steep decent head left towards wash you saw from above. Wash gets wetter & some scrambling required. Use caution on slippery rocks. Zig zag up wash – feet will get wet.
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Put your bags off to the side & relax in the hot springs.
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Climb up rusty, but safe ladder to Springs above.
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IBeginning of Canyon Walls
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Beginning of Canyon Walls
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Big Horned Sheep
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Wash Opens Up
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Back in The Canyon Again
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View of Colorado River
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Head Away From the River
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Climb up Crevice
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Steep Climb Down
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Beginning of Wash Back to Pools
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This climb up the ladder will take you to the pools.
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Volunteers separate pools with bags. Park Service often removes these bags. Each time you visit it will look differently.
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