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National Park Service and Bureau of Reclamation
U.S. Department of the Interior
LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA News Release
For Immediate Release: May 28, 2015
Release No.: 2015-27
National Park Service: 702-293-8691
Bureau of Reclamation: 702-293-8421
GOLDSTRIKE CANYON, ARIZONA HOT SPRING TRAILS TEMPORARILY CLOSED MAY 29-SEP 8
BOULDER CITY, Nevada –A temporary emergency closure will go into effect for Goldstrike Canyon and Arizona Hot Spring trails within Lake Mead National Recreation Area, beginning May 29.
A similar closure was put in place during the summer of 2014 after public safety incidents doubled from 2013. This year, rangers have conducted 14 search and rescues on the two trails, including five within the past week.
"People are miscalculating their ability to hike these strenuous trails in the summer, and it's not only endangering their lives, it's endangering the lives of other visitors and rescue crews," said Patrick Gubbins, acting superintendent, Lake Mead National Recreation Area. "These areas will re-open in the fall, when temperatures are cooler."
During the closure, visitors can still access the popular hot springs via the Colorado River.
Goldstrike Canyon Trail is located on both National Park Service and Bureau of Reclamation managed lands, and the agencies are working in partnership on this closure. The National Park Service managed lands will be closed May 29 through Sept. 8. The closure on Bureau of Reclamation managed lands in Goldstrike Canyon is in place June 1 through Sept. 8.
The area known as White Rock Canyon has multiple trails leading to the Arizona Hot Spring, Liberty Bell Arch and the Colorado River. Goldstrike Canyon is a strenuous hike, requiring bouldering and climbing. It leads to Goldstrike and Nevada hot springs and the Colorado River.
The River Mountains Loop Trail and Historic Railroad Trail remain open. Hiking is discouraged during the summer months. Those who choose to hike are encouraged to follow summer safety tips found online at https://www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/summer-hiking.htm.