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The Lower Las Vegas Wash Trail is a popular recreational trail in the Las Vegas area, the impressive result of a multi-jurisdictional collaboration between Clark County and the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas. Nearly the entire trail follows the Lower Las Vegas Wash, an urban river that carries excess water from the region into Lake Mead.
Three disconnected segments of the paved trail are currently open, although the full project is scheduled for completion in 2018. The longest stretch begins in North Las Vegas at W. Tropical Parkway and extends southeast along the dry riverbed to N. Lamb Boulevard in Las Vegas. Roughly two miles in, the trail passes Sandstone Ridge Park, with a bridge over the waterway providing direct access. The park offers public restrooms, ball fields and basketball courts.
As the path continues its winding route through residential areas and desert landscaping, you can find comfort in the drinking fountains and shaded shelters along the trail. Between Camino Al Norte and N. Commerce Street, the trail emerges into Craig Ranch Regional Park. The sprawling, 170-acre park—once home to a golf course—now offers a host of recreational amenities, as well as a tree grove, central plaza and gardens.
At E. Alexander Road, the trail meets the Upper Las Vegas Wash Trail, which heads east and then north once it reaches the urban river. Continuing southeast on the Lower Las Vegas Wash Trail towards the unincorporated community of Sunrise Manor, trail users enter an industrial area dominated by low warehouses and construction yards. Soon an impressive series of bridges rises from the flat landscape, carrying trail users in rapid succession over Losee Road, an active rail line, Interstate 15/US 93 and the Las Vegas Wash.
Just to the south, the trail skirts the edge of the Cheyenne Peaking Basin, a detention pond set to be developed as a park. Beyond the dry basin, the trail's surroundings become markedly residential, although the massive Broadacres Marketplace & Event Center parking lot on N. Las Vegas Boulevard breaks the rule. Take a brief detour to browse the offerings at one of the facility's bustling swap meets, held year-round on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The trail crosses to the west side of the wash at E. Owens Avenue and then quickly reaches Las Vegas' new Douglas A. Selby Park and Trailhead. The area, which occupies both sides of the river, offers a soccer field, basketball court, picnic shelter, playground, dog runs, restrooms and an information kiosk on the trail. From there, the trail runs due east to its temporary endpoint at N. Lamb Boulevard.
The next segment begins on Marion Drive, directly across the wash from Dell H. Robison Middle School and just a few blocks south of E. Washington Avenue. Resuming its journey south, the trail crosses back to the east side of the river at E. Bonanza Road. It meets its end at Stewart Avenue shortly thereafter.
Blocked by the large Charleston Commons shopping center, the trail resumes at E. Charleston Boulevard, winding south to S. Christy Lane. From there, the trail is a signed on-road route via a sidewalk and bike lane on Ballinger Drive to S. Sloan Lane. Along that road, a wide concrete sidepath extends the Lower Las Vegas Wash Trail to its terminus at a junction with the popular Flamingo Arroyo Trail. Continue on that connecting trail to wind through the nearly 3,000-acre Clark County Wetlands Park, which offers beautiful nature walks and plenty of wildlife viewing. From the southern end of the park, adventurists can hook up to the scenic River Mountains Loop Trail to journey on to Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam.
Parking for the Lower Las Vegas Wash Trail is available in North Las Vegas at Sandstone Ridge Park (1661 W. Hammer Lane) and Craig Ranch Regional Park (628 W. Craig Road), as well as at trailheads off Coleman Street, W. Washburn Road and E. Cheyenne Avenue.
In Las Vegas, ample parking can be found at Douglas A. Selby Park and Trailhead on N. Sandhill Road (on either side of the wash).
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