“Run through five tunnels with the end of the run at Hoover Dam Visitor Center, then the bridge.”
— John Blackwell
Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
No dogs allowed at the visitor center other than service dogs. Trail closes at sunset and reopens at sunrise.
Enjoy beautiful views of Lake Mead as you run along this old railroad path. The tracks have been removed. If you listen closely, you can hear the bats in the five tunnels that you pass through along the way.
Need to Know
Take some cash and have a hot dog or fries at the visitor center. This is one of the few trails in the area that has an elevator and cafe at the end.
A mostly level trail but this area can get very crowded.
The starting point for the run is located at the Alan Bible Visitor Center near the intersection of Highways 93 (U.S.) and 166 (Nevada.) Either the upper parking lot at the visitor center or the lower lot a short distance toward the lake may be used.
The trail passes through five tunnels next to Lake Mead built for the rail line used during construction of Hoover Dam. A newly opened lower section continues downward and ends on the top floor of the parking garage at the Hoover Dam. Another trail junctions with this trail to take visitors to the walkway that crosses the Hoover Dam Bypass bridge.
The total out-and-back distances is four miles if stopping at the fifth tunnel or seven miles if going to Hoover Dam. You can add another two miles if you are going up to the bridge. Elevation change is negligible.
Flora & Fauna
There are big horn sheep in the area, and bats in the tunnels.
History & Background
This is the path that the workers were transported on while building Hoover Dam.