Along the Historic Railroad Trail in Nevada | Photo by Cindy Barks

Between the fascinating railroad history and the stellar Lake Mead views, the Historic Railroad Trail in southern Nevada's Clark County packs quite a punch into its 3.7-mile route. Following the route of an early-1930s railroad that was built specifically to serve the construction of the nearby Hoover Dam, the trail offers a unique insight into that mammoth engineering feat. Check out the TrailBlog for an extended intro about this iconic route and to view these images in a blog format.

NOTE: Typically, the trail provides access to the Hoover Dam, but that section has been closed temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is uncertain when this section will open back up, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; however, the first 2.5 miles of trail remain open.

Photo essay by Cindy Barks. Produced by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

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