Gold Strike is a terrific primitive hot springs located near the Colorado River. It requires a fairly long, difficult hike to reach its several hot springs pools.
The closest town to Gold Strike is Boulder City, Nevada. The hot springs are closed in the summer because of extreme heat, with temperatures reaching 115 degrees Fahrenheit or more. It’s open from October to May. Please let your dogs and small kids at home for this strenuous trek. Bring a lot of water, snacks and sturdy hiking boots with traction.
For a shorter hike also near Boulder City, NV, consider Ringbolt Hot Springs, also called Arizona Hot Springs. This is a 6 mile loop hike that can be done in around 3 hours of hiking.
Soaking at Gold Strike Hot Springs
There are a few mineral pools to soak in the further you get to the Colorado River. Temperatures range from 100 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll reach the upper ones first, but keep going to reach the lower ones.
As mentioned it requires a tough hike in, which is extremely busy on the weekends. However, it’s a beautiful one-of-a-kind hike that’s worth the reward at the end. Enjoy the hot springs and take a cool dip in the Colorado River afterward.
From Boulder City Take Highway 93 east from Boulder City for 4.6 miles to NV-172. Follow Highway 172 east for 2 miles until you reach the Gold Strike Trailhead.
The strenuous hike takes about 3 hours one way from the trailhead. It leads through a cool canyon to several pools. There is another option to reach by taking a boat from Willow Beach. You can rent them at Willow Beach Marina, or spend the night in the campground.
The hike is requires use of 8 fix ropes to make it all the way to the Colorado River. It’s a bit more work on the return going up. Wear boots with good traction because they will get wet. You’ll pass a few hot springs on the way, however, make it all the way to the Colorado River for the best ones!
Address: Boulder City, NV 89005, USA
Season: October to May (avoid summer too hot)