Historic Railroad Hiking Trail

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada 89012

Elevation Gain250ft
Trailhead Elevation1,362ft
Elevation Min/Max1362/1439ft
Elevation Start/End1362/1362ft

Historic Railroad Hiking Trail

Historic Railroad Hiking Trail is a hiking trail in Clark County, Nevada. It is within Lake Mead National Recreation Area. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 1,362 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 250 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. Along the trail there is a parking. This trail connects with the following: Railroad Tunnel Trail.

Historic Railroad Hiking Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Las Vegas is a town that regularly implodes its history in favor of the new, bright, and shiny. However, every once in a while a bit of that history is spared from the wrecking ball. Such is the case with the Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail. This trail, which has been around since 1931, is one of the few places in Las Vegas where you can not only see history, you can ride through it.

The Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail was once used to get many of the materials needed to build the Hoover Dam to the dam site. While the railroad tracks have long been removed, the overly large tunnels hewn into the iron-rich rocks still exist."

"In 1931 the federal government undertook the building of what was then the largest dam in the United States. While the dam remains, much of the roads and trails used to access the construction site have long since disappeared—that is, except for the Historic Railroad Trail. This trail not only offers unique views of the lake, but also allows you to pass through the very tunnels used by the railroad when traveling to the dam.

These trails are only open to human power and are used by mountain bikers, hikers, and runners. The road is wide enough to easily offer room for everyone on the trail. Here you may spot owls, bighorn sheep, coyotes, and bats. In fact, Mexican free-tailed bats roost in many of the tunnels. If you ride in the evening, you can often see the bats fluttering around. Bats, and all other wildlife, should be left alone."

Historic Railroad Hiking Trail Reviews

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This is a beautiful stroll through the mountains that run alongside of Lake Mead, well at least you have the view of the lake. This is however a long walk and there is nothing that keeps it really all that interesting aside from brief periods of walking through these monstrous tunnels. If you are looking for a flat easy hike this is the trail for you.

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Trail Information

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Nearby City
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Alan Bible Visitor Center; 601 Great Basin Hwy., Boulder City; (702) 293-8906
Local Contacts
National Park Service: Lake Mead, nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/hikerr.htm
Local Maps

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