A “little” unknown swimming hole to many, Little Jamaica aka Desert Spring aka Littlefield Springs is a fun place to hang for a few hours of water play and a picnic along the Virgin River.
Update – the following was announced the end of 2018 but we visited August 2019 and the man-made swimming hole has NOT been dismantled to date:
The Arizona Department of Transportation.
“In the interest of public health and safety and to address the maintenance burden and increased liability it creates for ADOT, we are removing the manmade pool nicknamed ‘Little Jamaica’ within the I-15 right of way,” Ryan Harding, an ADOT representative, said in an email to St. George News.
Little Jamaica sits beneath a bridge that is a part of the Arizona stretch of Interstate 15, and that puts it on ADOT property.
The agency has begun prepping the area for the reconstruction work it will be doing on the bridge in the fiscal year 2020. This work is a continuation of reconstructive work done on other bridges in the Virgin River Gorge in recent years.
Little Jamaica Overview
Named after a nearby mountain with the nickname Little Jamaica, the Little Jamaica “swimming hole” is a man-made pool created alongside the Virgin River that is fed by a mountain spring.
Unfortunately, when you first arrive at the parking lot, you will see a lot of trash that has been left behind by visitors. Be sure to wear closed shoes as there was broken glass when I was there and who knows how far down the trail it goes.
You will go through a small fence to begin your descent down to the swimming hole and the Virgin River. After you start your quarter of a mile “hike” down the hill, it is an approximate 10-minutes until you reach the pool and Virgin River.
Watch your footing on the way down as I had on grippy water shoes and was still sliding in some areas due to the wet growth on the rocks.
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Little Jamaica Location
Located in Littlefield, Arizona, Little Jamaica is about a half an hour from St. George and almost two hours from Las Vegas. The directions using Google maps is what we used and had no issues finding the place.
You don’t need a high clearance vehicle or four-wheel drive, but we did see a car having issues on a day that we went when it was sprinkling and the road was a bit muddy.
What to Take to Little Jamaica
You for sure want to wear closed shoes, e.g, no flip-flops, as the amount of broken glass on the ground could end up cutting some exposed foot parts.
Below is what I recommend to take to Little Jamaica:
- Water shoes (closed sides and toes)
- Neoprene socks (possibly, for extra protection for the little piggies)
- Snacks and lunch
- Picnic blanket
Little Jamaica Resources
- Hey Mon Try Little Jamaica
- Little Jamaica from Dixie Sun News
- Unfiltered and Filthy: Southern Utah’s Little Jamaica
- Yelp – Little Jamaica
Little Jamaica Photos
I am an outdoor enthusiast who would rather be on a backcountry backpacking trip than a stroll on the beach (although I do love the beach!).
Living in Las Vegas has afforded me the opportunity to easily explore the Southwest region of the United States.
A nature lover, I am often found at the end of the pack taking photos and videos of the wildlife found on the trails. Colorful flowers, desert animals, and unusual geological rock formations are often the majority of my photos.