More Travel Facts for the Historic Railroad Hiking Trail
Whether you're a hiking nut or a mountain biker, or you enjoy a turn or two at the blackjack table, Nevada is a land of endless opportunity and recreation. And you won't find a better starting point for exploring the state's desert charm than on the seven-mile Historic Railroad Hiking Trail, which retraces the early days of Hoover Dam construction in the 1930s.
Coasting high above Lake Mead, the trail cuts through five colossal tunnels in a landscape of jagged canyons and bighorn sheep. You could spend all day soaking up the raw beauty and incredible views along these seven miles, but the fun doesn't stop with the trail. You can charter boat rides into Lake Mead or helicopter trips soaring over the desert and Hoover Dam. You can spend a weekend fishing and camping, or you can burn adrenaline skydiving. Whatever your spirit of adventure, you'll find an exciting outlet nearby.
Here are extended Travel Facts to help you navigate the trail. Read the full article to learn more about Nevada's wild riches and what makes the Historic Railroad Hiking Trail an oasis of outdoors activity in the Mojave Desert.
What to Do
The recreation potential within an easy drive of the trail is dizzying. In addition to the resorts, restaurants and casinos of Las Vegas, there is plenty of stuff to do in and around Boulder City.
The Historic Railroad Hiking Trail connects to a broader network called the River Mountains Loop Trail. The 34-mile loop goes along Lake Mead to Las Vegas and back. In summer months, visitors also flock to the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, or Mount Charleston to Las Vegas locals. It's easy to find. Just take Highway 95 north from Las Vegas and turn left on Highway 157.
People willing to drive farther for adventure can go to Valley of Fire State Park north of Las Vegas off Interstate 15. It is on the north end of Lake Mead and marked by huge, flame-red rock formations and American Indian rock art. Even more adventurous visitors can head over to Bootleg Canyon. There's a zipline attraction that allows people to fly above the desert for 1,150 to 2,550 feet at up to 50 miles per hour.
Closer to Vegas is the Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area. It is on Highway 160 just west of town. Red Rock has a 13-mile scenic drive with red and white rock formations and fantastic views of the Las Vegas Valley. There's also rock climbing, hiking trails and picnic areas.
Where to Stay
Depending on your usual preference for accommodations, you'll find casino resorts on each end of town in Boulder City. Near the dam is the Hacienda, a high-rise resort with a large RV and boat parking area, restaurants and launch pad for helicopter tours. On the west side of town is Railroad Pass, one of the oldest hotel-casinos in Nevada. It features hotel rooms, cheap gambling, restaurants and bars. There's also a small railroad museum. In downtown Boulder City there's the historical Boulder Dam Hotel, which has a restaurant and extensive museum. There are also several restaurants and shops within easy walking distance of the hotel.
All Mountain Cyclery in Boulder City (702.453.2453) offers guided bike and kayak tours. It also rents bikes and kayaks for self-guided touring.