Every year the trail to the hot spring is closed from May 15th through October 1st.
The penalty up to $5,000 and 6 months in jail will be imposed on violators.
Nevertheless, you have to be grateful to be alive.
During the Great Depression starting from 1929, Hoover Dam created employment and contributed to the economic growth.
The depression that led to constructing the dam near Las Vegas also generated Block Economy.
Block Economy was an economic policy for overcoming the depression, by making a self-sufficient economic bloc with the homeland and colonies, surrounded by protective custom duties.
Japan, one of the resources have-nots, justified their wartime military aggression to expand colonies and to survive in the egocentric world.
Gold Strike Hot Spring
It is less well-known that some hot springs are gushing near Hoover Dam.
A round trip of five miles is full of dangerous rock-climbing.
Many hikers start the journey with a light heart, and realize the challenging steps.
You will see anybody help each other for passing thought the hardest parts.
However, you will realize the true danger if you know the major reason for the death of 112 workers during the dam's construction: a heat disorder.
Due to the harsh desert climate, not a few hikers went into death, struggling against the trail.
That is why the trail is closed from spring through autumn.
Going half way, you will see the first hot spring of 109 degrees F gushing.
Proceeding further, hot water seeps from everywhere in the rocks, which gradually creates a hot spring river.
Volunteers made some pools using sandbags.
The comfortable temperature for soaking is the only characteristic of the water.
The river finally joins to the River Colorado, in downstream of Hoover Dam.
Looking above, you see the longest concrete arch bridge in the U.S., which was constructed by a Japanese company, Obayashi in 2010.
It can be said that the Great Depression made the United States create the enormous dam, and Japan choose the way to the military aggression; then the loser of the war constructed a huge bridge right in front of the dam.
The dangerous river may be a witness of the curious history.
Goldstrike Hot Springs, Boulder City, Nevada, USA
- Walk-in: Yes
- Lodging: No