A Little Hiking Near Lake Mead

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.

Sign for the Liberty Bell Trail

The trail to the arch winds up a small wash and joins an old, narrow road that leads to an old mine site.

Can you see the nimble hiker coming up the Brittlebush lined trail?

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.

Beautiful views in each direction

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 little color at the summit

Lunch with a view

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.

Heading up the wash into the canyon

The canyon walls were very colorful in spots

Things quickly become a bit difficult

Looking for a “go around” trail at a pour-over

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.

I see you down there!

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.

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16 Responses to A Little Hiking Near Lake Mead

  1. Ingrid says:

    Looks like a couple of fun hikes. We spent over a half hour searching for an arch this morning to no avail. We read and reread the directions but still couldn’t see it … sigh!

  2. exploRVistas says:

    That’s some rugged country at your lunch with a view!

  3. Jeff Pierce says:

    Certainly a bit of a scramble to get to the top of the pour-over falls. Perhaps the sheep could have shown you a way.

  4. Alicia Baker says:

    Wow, this hike looks amazing!
    Alicia @ GirlonaHike.com

  5. Sue says:

    Thanks to the nimble hiker for wearing a bright shrimp colored shirt so we could see her (and to her driver in the lime green). I love the bookend sheep. One of them has “elevator neck” issues, like Lewis when on high alert!

  6. kalkal55 says:

    Awesome pics!! The river ones are stunning!

  7. Laurel says:

    Such a big, beautiful backyard you have! I don’t think you’ll run out of things to do anytime soon. The Colorado looks like a ribbon of turquoise threading through the red rock. Love the sheep watching you!

  8. You guys have sure landed yourselves in an awesome spot! Enjoy!

  9. Love all the flowers you are seeing right now! And of course, Big Horns!!!!

  10. Larry says:

    Great to get to see the sheep. The landscape out there is so different than around here, it’s hard to believe it’s the same country.

  11. Gay says:

    So awesome to see the Big Horn Sheep…we have yet to encounter them in all our travels ! Sometimes good judgement takes over and a “turn around” is the thing to do. We do get smarter with age, do we not? Beautiful photos as always. Happy you are settling in in your new home…how many steps is it from the bedroom to the kitchen? LOL ! Enjoy!

  12. geogypsy2u says:

    The sheep are probably wondering why you stay so low on this hike. 😉

  13. Sherry says:

    The arch definitely looks like a bell. Love your pictures of the river, especially lunch with a view.
    Great shots of the big horns looking down on you.

  14. LuAnn says:

    A beautiful new home, a beautiful Harley, and wonderful trails right outside your door…living the good life!

  15. It’s amazing how such a barren landscape can look so beautiful. How lucky was that seeing all those sheep. Great pics!

  16. Jim and Barb says:

    Cant’ wait to get back in that area and take some of the hikes in that area! Looking forward to reading about your upcoming adventures…..

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