Historic Railroad Trail
Historic Railroad Trail
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Areas of this trail were used in the movie "The Gauntlet."
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bainfamily1
Las Vegas, NV268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Friends
Hiking is new to us, and this trail is perfect for beginners. We are locals, but it is located about 35 minutes from the strip. There is plenty of parking, both in the lower lot , and at the Visitor Center. It is easy to get to and well marked. There were a variety of people enjoying the trail including couples, families and even Cub Scout groups.

We have gone both during the week and on the weekend. There is a trail that takes you approximately 2.5 miles through the tunnels . If you are up to it, you can go an additional 2 miles a day end up at the Hoover Dam. There are clean bathroom facilities at the start, midway through and at Hoover Dam. Bikes and Dogs are allowed on the trail , however if you choose to go on to Hoover Dam, dogs are not allowed. And you will need to park and lock your bike before descending down to the Dam area, but there are bike racks. There are also plenty of benches along the way to sit and just enjoy the scenery overlooking Lake Mead.

This is a great place to go to just enjoy the great outdoors that Nevada has to offer.
Written November 8, 2020
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Maria C
Madison, WI12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
We are moderately fit and we did this 8-mile round trip in 3 hours. It was a beautiful trail and at the end you get to Hoover Sam. You can go down the stairs to explore the dam more closely. We have done that in the past so we chose not to today. There is a bathroom at 2.5-mile marker and at the end of the trail. You can see Lake Mead often as you hike on this trail. You need to be back at the 2.5-mile marker before dusk because the gate to the trail closes. It is worth the nice hike, some steep areas on the route back but not bad at all.
Written December 28, 2020
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NorthCarolina621
Mebane, NC189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is a great hike for those who do not like hills. Mostly flat (it follows the RXR) and you walk through the original tunnels (although a lot work has been completed to restore them).

Excellent views of the Hemenway Harbor of Lake Mead and you can walk to the dam. Parking is free at visitor center, but it can get crowded. The trail is closed during the summer months because of heat.
Written February 1, 2020
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northernk
Phoenix, AZ13,314 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
So i started the trail from the Hoover Dam Lodge where i stayed. The trail down and up from the Railroad trail is a bit steep but once you traverse this short piece of trail real estate the rest of your journey is reasonably flat and once at the Hoover Dam you can choose stairs or an elevator down to the dam level and come out at the gift shop snack area below the Dam parking lot. The trail itself is wonderful the five tunnels are fascinating and make anyone's pictures look good lol I did not see any bats on this day nor thankfully rattlesnakes as other reviewers have mentioned but then temperatures had gotten a bit cooler by early November as well so maybe less reason for them to be hanging out in the tunnels during the day. In any case the tunnels make the first part (which will also be your last part) of the round trip go fast. The trail from where the Dam area technically begins is not part of the railroad trail and has a couple options at one point one of which claims to be a "shortcut" but is really not much difference in time to walk. Also keep an eye out for the offshoot to walk over to and up on the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Bridge.... super windy up there as it was in morning on other parts of the trail so make sure you got a hat that stays on or don't wear it lol But the bridge walk has some cool views as well. Overall a great walk i think was at least 10 miles overall but not bad.
Written November 18, 2021
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Martin S
Cranford, NJ1,695 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
This 8 mile trail is a moderate to easy one. It has excellent scenery overall and a constant view of Lake Mead.

You can complete the hike in 3+ hours; with pictures and conversations with your group, can take up to 4 hours.

Totally enjoyed the time here. Also it’s a short drive to Boulder City so you can treat yourself to a meal afterwards at any one of the many restaurants.
Written February 16, 2021
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Rum connoisseur 76’
Honolulu, HI686 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Solo
Historical railroad trail let’s you get away from the hustle of Vegas and offers a great trek to hike, bike or walk with amazing views and landscapes. The hike is super easy, more of a walking path opposed to a hiking trail but offers a good distance with plenty of historical markers, observation areas and benches to stop at and take in all the natural beauty of Lake Mead! This is definitely family friendly and a great spot to bike. Highly recommend it for a short day trip, running path or just an excuse to get off “the strip” for a bit. Lots of photo opportunities as well. Very close to Hoover Dam!
Written December 29, 2021
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Tara
USA6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We went in the late fall and the weather varied between perfect and very cool (in the shadier parts). It's interesting to see the old railroad tunnels but there aren't any tracks left. If you keep hiking you can go all the way to Hoover Dam, which we did. Great views of Lake Mead and plenty of benches to sit and relax along the way.
Written January 10, 2020
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James W
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
My oldest granddaughter & I love to hike with our pups; this trail is more of a long walk than a hike, but is well worth it. The trail is very well maintained and, leaving from the Lake Mead trailhead, is only a slight incline. As usual, we took our husky's and noticed several other people brought theirs as well. This is a very popular trail and we crossed paths with many people, ranging from young families with children in strollers to elderly couples to people jogging and on bikes. The views and tunnels are amazing and there is a small rest area after the 5th tunnel where we stopped and had a nice picnic lunch.
Written January 14, 2024
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Patt T
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
It ends/begins on the top floor of the parking garage at the Hoover Dam. There was hardly any signage so we pretty much found it by accident and only because we knew it was there somewhere and were looking for it! the signs along the trails were very worn and not legible in places. It's a shame that it isn't maintained. Bikes aren't allowed in so if people rode over, there should be a safe place for them to leave bikes inside so they could tour the dam. We walked out from the dam and was hoping to see some of the tunnels and views but ran out of time. A trail map with distances would be helpful. I was glad I got to see some of it but there wasn't enough information on this end to explain what we were walking on.
Written January 18, 2023
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Thomas Sims
Las Vegas, NV372 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
We did this walk at sunset. I enjoyed this much better than a late morning/early afternoon walk. The sunset colors looked great with Lake Mead in the background. Bring a flashlight if you go at sunset as well as it gets dark in the 5 tunnels. Plus, you can use it to see bats. We saw a couple flying around. Most were out feeding. The trail is pretty smooth. It’s an in-and-out trail. We parked at the Hoover Dam Lodge as there is a trailhead there. They have clean restrooms and places to eat after your walk. It’s a huge parking lot.
Written November 1, 2020
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