Map of the River Mountains Loop Trail


River Mountains Loop Trail

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River Mountains Loop Trail in Henderson


34 miles




Henderson, Boulder City


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Lake Mead Parkway Trail

River Mountain Loop Trail Connector

Union Pacific Railroad Trail

Historic Railroad Trail

Boulder Highway Trail

Equestrian Park Trail

Heritage Park Trail


Las Vegas

The River Mountains Loop Trail is a 34-mile long paved trail that wanders through the Mojave Desert to the southeast of the City of Las Vegas. It loops around the River Mountains and connects Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Hoover Dam, Henderson, Boulder City and the Las Vegas Valley. From the trail you will see beautiful views of the Lake Mead and experience the wide open desert environment. The trail is non-motorized and allows bike riding, walking and running. Equestrians are allowed along certain portions of the trail. There are many long stretches with no amenities along this trail, so be prepared and bring plenty of water.

The paved trail makes a big loop around the rugged peaks of the River Mountains that are located directly east of the City of Henderson, west of Lake Mead and north of Boulder City. The route of the River Mountains Loop Trail is located away from roadways for the most part, but roughly follows E. Lake Mead Parkway, Lakeshore Road and Highway 93. There are multiple trailheads with parking along the route. There are also several locations to get water and locations with restrooms.

Attractions and destinations along the River Mountains Loop Trail include:

  • Heritage Park in Henderson
  • Mountain Lake Park in Henderson
  • Connector Trail to the Clark County Wetlands Park Loop Trail
  • Fish Hatchery
  • Boulder Harbor & Boulder Beach
  • Lake Mead Marina
  • Boulder Beach Campground
  • Historic Railroad Trail
  • Bighorn Park in Boulder City
  • Nevada Welcome Center in Boulder City
  • Bootleg Canyon
  • Cascata Golf Course

Trailhead Locations

Heritage Park, Henderson: You can connect with the River Mountain Loop Trail in a number of locations. In Henderson, you can park at Heritage Park. The park has plenty of parking, restrooms, athletic fields, the Heritage Park Aquatic Complex and walking paths. There is an access trail along Burkholder Boulevard that heads east from the northeast corner of Heritage Park to the main pathway of the River Mountains Loop Trail.

River Mountain Loop Connector Trail: Another location to hook up with the River Mountain Loop Trail is north of Henderson along E. Lake Mead Parkway. The River Mountain Loop Connector Trail intersects with the main trail just west of Lake Las Vegas Parkway. This connector trail runs between the Clark County Wetland Park Loop Trail and the trail along Lake Mead Parkway.

Lakeshore Road: There is a trailhead with parking along Lakeshore Road near the very north end of the loop.

Boulder Harbor: There is parking, restrooms, drinking water and a ranger station at Boulder Harbor.

Historic Railroad Trail Trailhead & Alan Bible Visitor's Center: There are two trailheads with parking on Lakeshore Road, just north of the intersection with Highway 93 on the south end of the River Mountains Loop Trail. This is also the location of the junction with the unpaved Historic Railroad Trail. The Historic Railroad Trail follows an abandoned railroad bed and heads off to Hoover Dam. The 3.7-mile long dirt trail goes through a few tunnels and has fantastic views of Lake Mead and Hoover Dam.

Pacifica Trailhead in Boulder City: This trailhead is located at the intersection of Pacifica Highway and Highway 93 on the northeast end of Boulder City. There is parking and a restroom. The River Mountains Loop Trail swings around the parking area.

Nevada Welcome Center in Boulder City: This is a large parking area located on the south side of the intersection of Nevada Way and Highway 93

Bootleg Canyon Park Trailhead in Boulder City: Bootleg Canyon is known for its network of mountain biking trails. There is a paved trailhead is located on Yucca Street south of Canyon Road in Boulder City. The River Mountains Loop Trail goes right past the trailhead.

Equestrian Drive in Henderson: There is a trailhead at the end of Equestrian Drive on the south side of Henderson that is located adjacent to the trail. There is a small parking area and restroom. There are also paved trails that lead over to Equestrian Park.


Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the communities and trails mentioned in this article.