River Mountains Loop Trail

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The River Mountains Loop Trail runs for more than 35 miles on a loop around the River Mountains, which form the backdrop of Las Vegas and Henderson. The trail is 12 feet wide and paved, with an adjacent trail for equestrians for about 15 miles of its length. The surrounding River Mountains are home to one of the largest bighorn sheep populations in Nevada, which you may encounter on this trail.

The route links the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Hoover Dam and Boulder City, with easy access to Lake Las Vegas and Clark County Wetlands Park via the Wetlands Trail Connector. To trek closer to central Henderson, trail users can hop on the linked Lake Mead Parkway Trail, Burkholder Trail, Equestrian North Trail or Equestrian South Trail.

About 3.5 miles of the River Mountains Loop Trail occupy the old bed of a railroad that once ran from Boulder City to Hoover Dam, supplying materials to build the dam. The trail shares a trailhead with the scenic Historic Railroad Trail at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Alan Bible Visitor Center on Lakeshore Road. Take the gravel trail east to reach the famous Hoover Dam by foot, mountain bike or horse.

Parking and Trail Access

The River Mountains Loop Trail has many access points along its route. Some include:

1) Railroad Pass Hotel Casino, 2800 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson; upper parking lot
2) Bootleg Canyon Park, Yucca Street, Boulder City
3) Lake Mead NRA Alan Bible Visitor Center, Lakeshore Road and US 93
5) Equestrian Park, Foothills Drive and Equestrian Drive, Henderson


Great trail

   April, 2016 by biasetti

As a runner, I love it for my long runs. I just wish it had fewer steep hills. Need to spend more time exploring the different trail heads. read more

River Mountain Loop Trail

   March, 2016 by surfintrekie

awesome trail. all paved, good scenery and good hills, the three sisters and her mother in a law, that makes four good hills. read more

Ride this one in chunks

   October, 2015 by adamnolan

As an older biker who uses a hybrid trial bike, I'd advise tackling this trail in chunks until you get to know the ups and downs, and where to pick your start point if you are going to tackle the entire loop. I have ridden 14 mile sections of the trail ...read more