The Lake Mead Railroad Tunnel Trail, a National Historic Trail located along the shores of Lake Mead in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, is one of the most scenic hikes around this most beautiful part of Southern Nevada (and you do not have to pay the National Park fee). The trail offers lakeside hiking through 5 historic railroad tunnels toward the Hoover Dam.
Look for bighorn sheep, ravens’ and owls’ nests, lizards and antelope ground squirrels as you explore this historic railway – which was built to carry supplies to the workers at the Hoover Dam. An easy and level hike perfect for all ages and endurance levels (the hike is approximately one-mile round-trip and very level), the trail offers unmatchable views of Lake Mead and its surrounding rock formations.
Driving directions from Las Vegas:
Take U.S. 93 South toward Boulder City. Stay left when you see the signs to Lake Mead/Hoover Dam and do not go through the Boulder City Scenic Drive route. After approximately 1 mile you will see an exit to the left for the Lake National Recreation Area. Shortly after you enter you will see the visitor center on the right-hand side, about 100 feet further is the parking area for the Railroad Tunnel Trail.