Location: The Trail encircles the mountains that separate the Las Vegas Valley and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Connects Lake Mead NRA to east side of Henderson, circling the River Mountains.
The Trail is easily accessible from the Las Vegas Valley by driving to on U.S. Highway 95 to Railroad Pass or exiting the Las Vegas Valley on Lake Mead Parkway through Henderson, Nevada.
The trail is completely separate and isolated from the highway system allowing families to use the trail without fear of hiking or bicycling in traffic. The alternative transportation corridor to the existing highway system was an important element in the design of this trail. Portions of the trail (15 miles) include a parallel equestrian trail, providing a designated path between the Las Vegas Valley and the backcountry of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
Most of this trail is constructed in rural areas, providing opportunities to connect with the natural desert setting. The River Mountains support one of the largest bighorn sheep populations in the area and the perimeter trail provides great opportunities to view bighorn sheep in their natural setting. In addition, the River Mountains provide habitat for the threatened desert tortoise, a species seldom seen as it resides in desert settings and is only active in the warmer months. The sighting of these special species make the daily sighting of jackrabbits, coyotes, bluebirds, lizards and many other animals go relatively unappreciated.
The vistas along the trail are outstanding. The River Mountains form the scenic backdrop for the community of Henderson, Nevada, along the eastern side of the Las Vegas Valley. The maintenance of this view from the valley is valued and has been recognized in local and regional open space planning. But the views from the trail are also outstanding and include panoramas of the Las Vegas Wash, Lake Mead, Hemenway Valley, Eldorado Valley and perhaps the most spectacular view is the view of the Las Vegas Valley.
The Clark County Health Department has been a fundamental supporter for all trail development and especially the River Mountains Loop Trail. At each of our events held in support of trail development, the Clark County Health Department has been an active participant promoting health and fitness through trail use. The River Mountains Trail Partnership has work closely with the Clark County Health Department in the promotion of the trail.
Width: 127 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: None
Maximum Grade: 15%
Elevation Low Point: 1,341
Elevation High Point: 2,694
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available
Year Designated: 2010
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsWebsite: NPS Lake Mead National Recreation Area Trail Guide
Website: YouTube video from the trail
For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.
Parks and Recreation Program Manager
City of Henderson
240 Water St
PO Box 95050
Henderson, NV 89009 -5050
Bureau of Reclamation
PO Box 61470
Boulder City, NV 89006
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
601 Nevada Way
Boulder City, NV 89005
River Mountains Loop Trail Partnership
1017 Silver Stirrup Ct
Henderson, NV 89002
Parks and Recreation Director
City of Boulder City
PO Box 61350
Boulder City, NV 89006 -1350
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