Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
1,732.00 ft (527.91 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
5.30 mi (8.53 km)
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Goldstrike Canyon is a fun and challenging hike that leads to a pair of hot springs and the Colorado River. The trail involves a lot of fairly easy boulder scrambling, with ropes in place to help you get up and down the more difficult spots. The hot springs are wonderful for soaking in, and the Colorado River is a calm and peaceful end to the trail. You’ll even get a unique view of the Mike O'Callaghan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge from here.

The beginning of the trail isn’t all that exciting as it enters into a wash and noise from the nearby interstate traffic is clearly audible. But before long the trail drops deeper into the canyon and the sights and sounds of civilization vanish. The sandy wash that the upper trail passes through is tiring on the lower legs, especially on the way back up.

Before too long you’ll come to your first obstacle, a large boulder jam that is easily passible by hiking on the left side of the canyon. In this area (as well as others) there are arrows spray painted onto the rocks indicating the easiest pathway through. Keep an eye out for these as they will make your journey easier.

As you continue down the canyon the terrain gets tougher. You’ll find many areas with ropes installed to help you down the rocks. Keep in mind that everything you go down here you will have to go back up on the way out, so if you feel out of your comfort zone there is no shame in turning around early.

The hot springs area appears after the hardest of the boulder scrambling. There is a smaller upper pool, and a larger lower pool (with small waterfall) a short distance down the canyon. Just beyond the lower pool is the Colorado River. Mellow and tame at this point, it makes a great place to go for a quick dip and cool off before enjoying the hot springs.

When satisfied, return the way you came back up the canyon. Again, remember to save some energy for the way up - and also try to keep your shoes dry as it is much easier scrambling up the rocks in dry shoes vs. wet shoes!

Please note that this trail is closed during the summer due to extreme heat.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

No

Open from

October 01 to May 14

Pros

Fun and scenic hike. Boulder scrambling. Hot springs.

Trailhead Elevation

1,659.00 ft (505.66 m)

Highest point

1,668.00 ft (508.41 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Wildlife
Fishing
Big vistas
Geologically significant

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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