Little Jamaica!

My husband and I had a business meeting in Mesquite today, so we decided to go on a little adventure after we were done. I previously wrote about our 2017 travel bucket list (click here to read the post), and I mentioned a place called Little Jamaica. This little oasis is just a short drive across the Arizona state line, just outside the town of Littlefield. Since we were already in the area, this made for an ideal day trip. Let me tell you that this place does not disappoint!

We weren't entirely prepared to get wet (we were both still dressed for our appointment), but the water was so nice it didn't matter. The fresh mountain spring water, which flows into the Virgin River, is actually pretty warm -- even though it's still pretty cool outside, and snow is still on the mountaintops. The water was so nice we jumped right in. Unfortunately, I only had the camera on my phone, and I couldn't bring it down to the reservoir without fear of trashing it. To get down to the most amazing part of Little Jamaica (the hidden cove under a tropical-looking rock bluff) you must hike down the rocky cliff side, in the flowing waterfalls and brook that flows into it. I'm going to have to get a waterproof camera for next time we go!
 I'm not exaggerating when I say this place is pretty well hidden. When we hiked down to the bluff area, we at first thought that it had gone somewhat dry. We looked over a muddy dip in the ground that was collecting water from the spring flowing from the mountain. It was a somewhat deflating moment, but we were just getting ahead of ourselves. We didn't realize that we were standing right above it until I decided to walk ahead several feet and then looked down. It was an absolutely exciting moment when I first saw the breathtaking views of Little Jamaica, and I am still reeling at it several hours later, as I write this blog post.
 The water was not hot or cold, but probably around 75 or 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The rocky cliff side over which the water cascades is not slick at all. Instead, it has the texture of sandpaper, making it easy to grip with your feet (with or without shoes) for easy climbing. There is even a sturdy rope down the rocky formation, which we used to climb up and down with ease.
 This place is pretty neat. On one hand, it's a real geographical oddity in the middle of the high desert. On the other hand, it's a geographical oddity hidden among man-made infrastructure. A freeway overpass runs directly above this place, but you can't see it from the road at all. However, you can see the underside of the freeway from Little Jamaica, which includes the graffiti that's tagged all over it. To some, this may be detrimental to the beauty of the area, but I think it adds to it. This is a truly unique place, and I'm absolutely glad we visited it.
 Speaking of graffiti, when you first enter the hiking trail that leads you to Little Jamaica, a warning is painted on a rock (which is somewhat hidden behind some vegetation right now). It says "You litter, you die." Right on.

We plan on going back as soon as it warms up a little more!