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



   October, 2016 by spacecadet2312

This was a tough ride for me. I'm usually a C paced rider (13-15 mph average) but I'm not strong with long hills or comfortable with steep descents and on this ride you're either climbing or descending (no flat sections). It took me ~3.33 hours of actual ...read more

Stayed More Than A Day

   July, 2016 by desertdon

I am a senior and decided to take my time the first time biking the River Mountains Loop Trail. I did it over several enjoyable days during the cooler, winter months. I started my adventure by biking to Lake Las Vegas from my house near the Stratosphere ...read more

The infamous three sisters

   July, 2016 by surfintrekie

not for beginners, bring lots of water, there is lots of hills, and elevation gain of at least 2000 feet. CW is easier. 34 miles around trip read more