Oct 7, 2022

What's the Best Way to See the Las Vegas Hot Springs?

standing in the las vegas hot springs during hike

Going on a kayaking adventure doesn’t solely mean spending hours on a small boat, paddling, and sightseeing. Sometimes, it allows you to travel both by paddle and foot to discover scenic spots you couldn’t fully appreciate while traversing the waterways. Among these attractions are the geothermal hot springs tucked into the side canyons, offering good old-fashioned relaxation to kayakers who want a therapeutic soak. 

What are Geothermal Hot Spring Pools?

Hot springs are formed when water gently builds up deep below the Earth’s surface and emerges from the cracks and faults in the ground. Some hot springs are produced in active volcanic zones when rainwater or groundwater is heated by magma underneath. Others, meanwhile, form when water is warmed by radioactive elements in the soil and rocks it passes through.

People enjoying Las Vegas hot springs

The Benefits of Hot Potting

Hot potting has been part of human culture for centuries. From the Romans to Native Americans, civilizations and communities have enjoyed thermal water's calming, stress-relieving properties for many years. And even today, it's very much part of the routine of healthy lifestyle enthusiasts.

But as it turns out, soaking in hot springs is more than just a social activity and a tranquil and enjoyable pastime. Hot springs are also known for their healing powers. They are used as natural treatments for a wide range of health conditions and even serve as an alternative to conventional medical treatments.

In some cases, balneotherapy, the method of treating illnesses by bathing in geothermal waters, accompanies orthodox medical treatments and therapies. Hot spring waters can also function as natural painkillers, providing temporary pain relief to people suffering from arthritis and fatigue.

Soaking in hot water helps improve mental health by reducing anxiety and inducing relaxation. In addition, it promotes restful sleep and blood circulation, and oxygenation. Those with skin conditions such as eczema, athlete's foot, and dermatitis can also benefit from thermal waters, as they contain sulfur and silica, minerals known to soothe skin irritation.

Bathing in hot springs is a one-of-a-kind self-care session you never knew you needed. Due to its remarkable benefits, many pair hot potting with other therapeutic services like massages, aromatherapy, yoga, and acupuncture. What's even more exciting is making it part of a fun outdoor adventure!

There are thousands of natural hot springs worldwide, commonly found in breathtaking remote locations that take a bit of a challenge to explore. Thankfully, you don’t have to travel far from the city to soak in a natural hot tub!

Las Vegas hot springs guided trip

Travel to Las Vegas’ Hot Springs

Wellness spas, resorts, and public state park hot springs all over the U.S. host thousands of visitors annually. Travelers tired of the same old spa-like experience choose to relax in geothermal waters in scenic natural settings. So, it's time to head to Las Vegas and find your way to these hot springs!

Beyond Sin City's luxurious hotels and casinos are hot springs you can visit and soak in all year round. But how do you get there?! Kayaking is undoubtedly the best way to travel to Las Vegas' beautiful hot springs. For a more memorable journey, book a guided Las Vegas kayak tour with experienced guides who can ensure your safety and acquaint you with the area's history as you explore around. 

Hoover Dam Kayak and Hot Springs Hike Tour

Evolution Expeditions' seven-hour, twelve-mile Hoover Dam kayak tour features a thrilling hike that will take you to hidden hot spring pools and other attractions. Prepare for an entire day of paddling, hiking, sightseeing, and taking photographs of the lovely surroundings.

The adventure starts from the dam's base and leads to several spectacular spots along the Black Canyon and Colorado River. Learn more about the 1930s dam construction, 1921 water gauging sites, and Bypass Bridge while you enjoy a fish-eye view of the dam and traverse its historic canyon walls.

This is your chance to observe wildlife from a safe distance. The Black Canyon is home to desert bighorn sheep, bald eagles, coyotes, and migratory waterfowl, so don't miss the opportunity to take videos and photographs.

There are many stops along the way, including hot springs, waterfalls, slot canyons, and a sauna cave. Some hiking is needed to explore the Nevada and Arizona shorelines, but it's all worth it. You'll get the chance to soak in hot springs, steam in the sauna cave, and swim in the mighty Colorado River.

A delicious lunch, snacks, juice, and bottled water are provided to keep your energy level high throughout this trip. This is a slice of history you’ve never before seen in Las Vegas. If you thought the city was all about slot machines, gambling, and nightlife, Mother Nature has many surprises in store for you and your whole family.

hot springs in Las Vegas, NV

What Should You Bring for a Kayaking and Hot Springs Visit in Las Vegas?

Great question! Here are a few essentials:

  • Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses — yes, even in the winter!
  • Shoes that are securely strapped onto your feet. Avoid flip-flops.
  • Something to take pictures with. Look for a waterproof case to hold your phone that straps around your neck, for extra convenience.
  • A bathing suit under your kayaking clothes (not a must, but a nice-to-have).

A good rule of thumb is to dress based on the temperature of the water, not the air. So, even if it’s a relatively warm day, if it’s later in the year, the water is likely colder. Thus, you should dress accordingly. If you’re not sure what to wear, call us in advance and we’ll be happy to help you.

Kayak Your Way to Las Vegas’ Hot Springs

Let Las Vegas’ hot springs be the highlight of your tour. Enjoy its therapeutic benefits and discover other natural attractions. There are multiple ways to explore the area and its geothermal pools, but there’s nothing like being part of a brilliant kayaking tour group and exploring with knowledgeable guides. Whatever season you choose to travel, we’ll help you make the most out of your kayaking and hot spring hike.

Ready to plan your next great adventure? Contact us today for help with your itinerary.

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