Historic Railroad Trail - Trail Running
The Historic Railroad Trail offers scenic and rewarding views of Lake Mead and the railroad bed that helped in the construction of the Hoover Dam. Runners, bikers, and hikers can experience the Mojave Desert from a unique and beautiful trail.
If running the trail as an out and back from the trailhead parking lot to the end of the fifth tunnel, the total round trip mileage is 3.7 miles; however, if running as a longer out and back from the trailhead parking lot to the Hoover Dam Parking Garage, the mileage could be 7.4 miles round trip. In addition, the trail can be done as a point to point if a car shuttle can be arranged. Park one vehicle at the Hoover Dam Parking Garage and drive back to begin the trail at the Historic Railroad Trail parking lot. The total length for a point to point in this style would be 3.7 miles.
Destination Distance From Downtown
The entirety of the trail follows an old railroad bed that has a small, consistent incline from the parking lot near the Alan Bible to the chain link gate past the fifth and final tunnel. If continuing past the final tunnel, the trail turns from flat gravel to a paved greenway that leads to the parking garage at the Hoover Dam.
Time To Complete
The Historic Railroad trail can be accessed from two trailheads; however, the trailhead near the Alan Bible Visitor Center provides the best and most scenic route. From the trailhead parking near the visitor center, it is roughly 3.6 miles to run roundtrip through all the tunnels to the first chain link gate and back. If using a shuttle, drop a car near the Hoover Dam Parking Garage and shuttle back to the parking lot near the Alan Bible Visitor Center.
Spring, Fall, and Winter
The Historic Railroad Trail is open year round to hikers and bikers, but in the summer months, some caution should be used when deciding when to exercise. The summer highs in the Las Vegas area can reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit, so if you are considering running during this season, make time in your schedule to run early in the morning or late in the evening.