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Lake Mead National Park Trail Run

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    Sit back and enjoy the ride from the Las Vegas Strip to the Historic Tunnels Trail Head. Upon arriving, you will immediately see the amazing beauty of the Mojave Desert.
    The trail run begins at the Historic Tunnels Trail head, just inside Lake Mead National Park. The trail surface is suitable for all levels of experience. The trail is an old railroad bed, so it is graded and perfect for beginning trail runners. The railroad was built in 1931 and used for hauling equipment and materials during the construction of Hoover Dam. The railroad was used heavily until the dam was finished in 1935, but dam workers continued to use it until 1961. The tracks were dismantled in 1962, and the site was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
    Once underway, you can't help but notice the amazing views of Lake Mead and the surrounding mountains. Beautiful vistas are bountiful and unobstructed!
    Find yourself in awe as you run through the five massive tunnels that were used to haul materials and workers to the Dam everyday from 1931-1935. There are many great picture opportunities that you'll want to take advantage of.
    As you leave the 5th tunnel behind, the trail starts to wind its way down to the Dam sight. Pass by the old scrap yard which still houses relics of Hoover Dam past. Continue to wind down the trail and pass through a power sub station sending out power generated by the Dam.
    You've reached the Dam! Well, almost. Traverse a few switch back ramps, a few stairs and arrive onto the amazing Hoover Dam. There are plenty of picture taking opportunities. Run across the Dam and into the great state of Arizona and also into another time zone.
    Upon leaving Hoover Dam, challenge yourself as the stairs, ramps and slight uphill climb will challenge all runners. This is short lived and the trail returns to an easy grade upon reaching the tunnels.
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    Reviewed May 30, 2016

    I did the running tour of the Las Vegas Stip the day after arriving in Vegas. I was a bit jet lagged but Jimmy's amazing energy & enthusiasm sparked me up straight away. Jimmy was just such a pleasure to run with & a really...More

    Date of experience: May 2016
    1  Thank ReneeSuzanne
    Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

    If you enjoy running and your in Las Vegas Then a run with Las Vegas Running Tours is a must. I did the Hoover Dam trail run, I had asked for an extended route which Jimmy was more than happy to provide. All along the...More

    Date of experience: May 2016
    2  Thank Dmellie69
    Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

    I ran the Historic Hoover Dam trail run in 13th Oct. It totally lived up to my expectations. Since seeing a documentary on the dam being built I have always wanted to see it in person and thanks to Jimmy I did!! My initial contact...More

    Date of experience: October 2015
    2  Thank BackPacker598593
    Reviewed November 5, 2015

    This is how it went down: I got up early my first Vegas morning and Jimmy picked me & another couple at our hotels, and we drove off into the gorgeous sunrise to Bootleg Canyon. Great conversation. He had snacks for us before during &...More

    Date of experience: October 2015
    1  Thank emilypG1907SF
    Reviewed August 31, 2015

    This was by far one of the highlights of my trip to Vegas. I booked a trail run with run guide "Jimmy" who picked me up from my hotel and took me on a 20k trail run throught bootleg canyon and a section of the...More

    Date of experience: August 2015
    1  Thank Trish F
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