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Goldstrike Canyon and Arizona Hot Spring trails reopen
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BOULDER CITY, NV -- Goldstrike Canyon and Arizona Hot Spring trails, reopened Saturday after a temporary closure.

The trails were closed because public safety incidents in the canyons doubled from 2013 to 2014. Back in 2013 alone, there were 17 incidents, which resulted in one fatality, 31 patients and five medical transports.

That number rose by 20 to 37 incidents within the first seven months of 2014. These incidents resulted in three fatalities, 35 patients and 13 medical transports.

However, since the closure, there have been zero search and rescues from these locations.

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 leads to Goldstrike and Nevada hot springs and the Colorado River.

The trails at both of these locations are strenuous and technical. There is no shade or water and there is limited cell phone service.

Hiking Goldstrike involves scrambling and climbing slippery boulders. On the Arizona Hot Spring trails, most of the hike is in a wash, so walking through the soft gravel is similar to the challenge of walking along a beach.

No matter the time of year, hikers should follow these safety tips:

  • Bring a gallon of water per person.
  • Bring salty foods.
  • Wear boots or hiking shoes.
  • Wear a hat and sunscreen.
  • Hike with a buddy.
  • Tell people where you are going and when you expect to be back.

It's easier to be rescued near the water than in the middle of the canyon.

Don't forget to bring water for your pets.

During the closure, the hot springs remain open and accessible from the Colorado River. The River Mountains Loop Trail and Historic Railroad Trail are also open.

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