Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail hike

I have loved waking up most mornings with no clear path in front of me. Yesterday was no exception. The day ended up taking me to the Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail.

The 3.7 mile trail runs from the trailhead, near the Lake Mead visitor’s center, to the Hoover Dam parking garage. I decide that I just wanted to focus on the area along the lake and the tunnels, since I had been to the dam a couple of days earlier.

The railroad was used to transport supplies from Las Vegas to Boulder City and then on to Hoover Dam. The railroad originally consisted of 30 miles. The trail is the only remaining section of Hoover Dam Railroad system that is not highly disturbed or under water.

Each tunnel is approximately 300 feet in length and 25 feet in diameter.

Construction began on the railroad system in 1931, and it was used through 1961. In 1962 the tracks were dismantled and sold for scrap.

These broken slabs were concrete plugs, built as placeholders in the powerhouse floor at Hoover Dam.


In 1984 the Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail was Nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. In 2015, it was designated as a National Historic Trail.

Another great day… another great adventure.

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