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“Incredible, Short Hiking Trail!”

Historic Railroad Trail
Ranked #33 of 468 things to do in Las Vegas
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Owner description: Areas of this trail were used in the movie "The Gauntlet."
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a neat experience - we hiked from Lake Mead to the Hoover Dam on the rail trail, and it was awesome. Not a very difficult trail, and very scenic. Keep in mind that if you're hiking and expecting to do a tour at the Dam (which have been temporarily closed in the Spring of 2018 due to elevator repair anyway) that you don't bring "prohibited items" with you on your hike - as in, pocket-knives, food, etc. The whole trail is a bit less than 5 miles (and there are bathrooms along the way!)

Thank emmdeeceee
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Reviewed 18 May 2018

Have been going here for years. Prefer to do it by mountain bike, but hiking is great too. Look up on the hill side, we saw mountain goats. This rail trail is unique and a must do! Great views of Lake Mead. Park at the west end for free.

Thank Nathan O
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Reviewed 14 April 2018

This rail-trail follows the route of the railroad that carried the equipment and supplies to build Hoover Dam. It's a wide, well-graded path for most of the 3.8 miles between the Lake Mead Visitor Center on the west end (at the intersection of US93 and Lakeshore Road) to Hoover Dam parking deck and the O'Callaghan-Tillman Memorial Bridge on the east end. The going gets steeper and narrower as you near Hoover Dam. The dam is not visible from the trail. There are five tunnels along the route, located roughly in the center of the trail. The closest tunnel to the Visitor Center is about 1.3 miles to the east (one-way). The closest tunnel to Hoover Dam is about 1.5 miles to the west (one-way). The western half of the route goes along the edge of a mountain, offering spectacular panoramic views of Lake Mead from above. There is a steep drop-off at the edge that may concern people who are uncomfortable with heights, but the path is wide enough that you can stay well back from the edge. The grade is gradual (at least on the western two-thirds of the route) and the surface is hard-packed dirt and crushed stone (wear closed shoes - not sandals or flip-flops). We went with a wheelchair and did not have any trouble rolling on the section between the Visitor Center and all the tunnels. The section between the tunnels and Hoover Dam was not as well maintained and there were some steep grades; for this reason, I recommend that those using wheelchairs or strollers start from the trail head near the Visitor Center and proceed east. Note that the gate on the trail between the tunnels and the Hoover Dam trail head is locked at sunset. Educational signs are posted along the path, and benches are provided for resting. There are restrooms at both ends of the trail, and one near the center of the route (just east of the eastern-most tunnel). We visited in December and the weather was perfect. Keep in mind that the trail is mostly exposed to the sun (though there was some shade when the sun went behind the mountain peak in the late afternoon) and it may be breezy. It is extremely hot in the summer; if you must go during summer then go early in the morning. Bring water any time of year. Bicycles and leashed dogs are allowed, but be aware that the trail is quite popular and traffic is moderately-heavy. Binoculars or zoom lens may be useful for spotting bighorn sheep.

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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

Hiking this trail in the springtime is beautiful. The wind is refreshing, the temperature is comfortable, and pretty little flowers have sprung up around the trail. If you’re lucky, you can see some native wildlife like rabbits or big horn sheep. The views of lake mead are some of the best. Dogs are welcome, but please, do not leave plastic bags of your dog’s waste on the ground. Either let the dog poop off to the side or pick up the baggie. Kids can hike it, but if they’ve under 7, it might be a challenge just because of how long it can go. Use good shoes, bring water, and take plenty of pictures. Parking is free. If you’re hungry, there are plenty of food options up the road in Boulder City.

Thank TheTravelinLady
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

Closed during the hot summer months so go in the spring and fall. Stumbled onto this on the way to the dam and returned the next day to hike from the visitor center to the dam AND BACK!

Thank ChicagoDon
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