Lake Mead Railroad Tunnel Trail


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This tunnel trail follows the elevated railroad bed used to haul supplies used in construction of Hoover Dam 1931 – 1935. The tracks continued in use until 1961, dismantled in 1962, and added to Natl Register of Historic Places in 1984. Since converted to bicycle/hiking trail (no horses on this portion), it is a easy, level, wide gravel walk for tourists and beginners; hiking under 5 tunnels, which are each 300′ long and 25′ in diameter. The 5th tunnel was opened in 2001, and this trail was recently extended all the way to Hoover Dam. The additional distance from the last railroad tunnel to the dam is about another mile and a half. At the end are clean rest rooms, the gift shop, restaurant, and the dam itself. The trail is dry and hot, bring plenty of water. If hiking in summer, be off the trail by 9 a.m.

Trailhead: Take US Hwy 95/93 south from Las Vegas. After passing through Henderson, US Hwy 95 will split away from US 93 1 mile past the Railroad Pass Casino. Continue on US Hwy 93 toward Boulder City. As you approach Boulder City, turn left at Buchanan/US Hwy 93, which is the second stoplight. 4 miles after the stoplight, turn left onto Lakeshore Scenic Drive (follow signage to the Alan Bible Visitor Center). the Alan Bible Visitor Center will be on the left after a short distance. Continue past the visitor’s center 0.1 mile to a parking area on your right. Turn here and park in the parking area. This is the trailhead. (Though the trail begins obscurely at Highway 93 and Pacifica Way, the best place to begin your trek is the Alan Bible Visitor Center trailhead at the trail’s midpoint. )