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Blue Point Spring

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  • Parking area near a covered picnic bench just downstream from Blue Point Spring.- Blue Point Spring
  • A single covered picnic bench near the spring.- Blue Point Spring
  • A short walk leads from the oasis-like creek to the source.- Blue Point Spring
  • The source of Blue Point Spring.- Blue Point Spring
  • Wide views from Slim Creek.- Blue Point Spring
  • The spring to the palm-lined area next to the parking area.- Blue Point Spring
  • Dense growth makes soaking impossible.- Blue Point Spring
  • The oasis-like setting next to the parking area.- Blue Point Spring
  • Blue Point Spring and Slim Creek.- Blue Point Spring
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Desert oasis. Interesting history.
Cons: 
No soaking opportunities.
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Region:
Las Vegas + Southern Nevada, NV
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
Low
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
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Hot Spring Description

Hot Spring Description

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Blue Point Spring is a natural warm spring within Lake Mead National Recreation Area. In the past there have been soaking opportunities at this spring; however, the spring and the creek below it are now overgrown.

Blue Point, like Rogers Spring located about 2 miles away, are rare water sources in an otherwise arid environment. Though the reservoir of Lake Mead now stretches from the Boulder Dam past Blue Point, a small handful of rivers that flowed into the Colorado River provided the only water in this hot and arid region before the dam's construction was finished in 1935. The source of Blue Point's water is still uncertain, but some think that it travels in underground aquifers from the mountains near Ely, Nevada, located 250 miles to the north.

In 1903, farmers near the town of St. Thomas—presently a ghost town with its own unique story—began to construct irrigation canals from Blue Point and Rogers Spring. They used shovels, homemade tools, and a horse team to scrape and dig the canals, but they soon found that the water from the spring only traveled a short distance before soaking into the packed canal dirt. They lined the canals with homemade clay, which also failed. The men borrowed money and spent several months to layer the canals with cement. Ultimately, the entire project failed.

On top of this, unknown to the laborers who worked here, the waters of Blue Point had a laxative effect. To this day, the water that flows from the spring has the name Slim Creek.

Blue Point emerges from the ground at a temperature in the upper 80s. It is possible to follow the foliage and walk just under a half-mile to the source of the spring, where you can see it bubbling up through silken sand.

Though there were once bathing opportunities in the creek near the spring, the area has become overgrown, and no real soaking opportunities currently exist.

There is a shaded picnic table next to the oasis-like setting.

Access to Blue Point Spring requires a $10 entry fee to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area (national park passes are accepted).

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