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


> 2,600ft

   May, 2016 by reconnoiter

Regardless where you start, if you do the whole loop, you will climb over 2,600ft. Great workout. Bring water ;-) read more

Wrong Name

   May, 2016 by reconnoiter

They call it "River Mountains Loop Trail". They should call it "25 Mile Bobsled Run +10 Mile Climb from Hell" ;-) I started at 8:30 PM, from the Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino, did the loop clockwise, and got back at 1:30 AM. Your time should be less, ...read more

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