Boulder City, NV
We are slowly settling in to our new home here in Boulder City. Since we purchased the house furnished, the move-in has not been very difficult. The biggest change for us is living with all this space!
We did manage to get out for a couple of hikes during our first week here, one we did on our first visit to the area and one was new to us. The first was a hike out to the Liberty Bell Arch. The trail for this hike begins as an offshoot on the trail for the Arizona Hot Springs. To get to the trail we drove south on US 93 into Arizona. A bit over three miles south of the Colorado River there is a clearly marked left turn into a parking area for the Arizona Hot Springs trail.
The Arizona Hot Springs trail begins by going under US 93 following a wash.
It begins in loose sand, but soon goes through a narrow section of sandstone.
Less than a mile down the wash there is a sign posted up on the right (north) side of the wash directing you to the trail to the arch. This is a new sign since our last visit. We missed this turn the first time we tried to find the arch so the new sign is a welcome addition.
The trail to the arch winds up a small wash and joins an old, narrow road that leads to an old mine site.
As the trail passes the old mine we could see the rock containing the arch in the distance. You can’t tell it’s an arch from this side view, but we knew what it was from our previous visit.
As we continued up the trail we could see the hole creating the arch come into view.
But you have to hike past the arch and look back at it to really see where it gets its name.
We continued past the arch for another mile until we reached the summit of Black Canyon where we were treated to a great view of the Colorado River below us.
Looking to the north we could see the The Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge that takes US 93 over the Colorado River just south of Hoover Dam. Lake Mead is just over the peaks by the bridge.
A few days later we decided to take a short hike up a canyon just past the entrance to Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Once through the entrance we drove .9 miles and turned left (west) on a maintained dirt road. Just a half mile in front of us we could see an old water tank where we knew to park the Jeep.
Looking to the west we could see a gate that blocked the road into a gravel pit. We knew the hike would take us up the wash to the right of the pit into a canyon.
The canyon is called Seven Falls Canyon. The hike is an off-trail scramble into the River Mountains through a deep and narrow canyon blocked by seven pour-overs or “seven falls.” The exact number of pour-overs depends on how each is counted, but regardless, this canyon makes for a good scramble on volcanic rock.
We hiked up the canyon for about two miles before coming to a difficult pour-over, where we decided to turn around. As we came up the canyon we spotted a group of Big Horns dining on the north side.
They kept a sharp eye on us as we went by. On the return trip back down the wash they continued to eyeball us.
We really enjoy driving the highways in the west, taking in all the beautiful vistas. To enhance the experience we purchased a new vehicle to travel on. We’ll describe this in more detail in our next blog.