Did you know that Boulder City is home to some of the greatest hiking trails in Nevada? Imagine, you could go from your home to a hike in under fifteen minutes! From beginner hiker enthusiasts to those experienced, the hiking trails around BC boast spectacular views and breathtaking desert scenery, saved for those who savor the outdoors. Several trails await the arrival of guests and are laced with beautiful rock formations and bright flowering cactus during the spring.
Gold Strike Hot Springs is a moderate trail that runs down a narrow, rocky canyon and ends at a series of hot springs and several hot pools. And although there is some scrambling assisted by fixed ropes, you will descend down 600 feet in roughly two miles. During hot weather, look forward to a dip in the Colorado River! Water levels can fluctuate rapidly as this is connected to the dam. Also, flash floods can occur, so be careful during the late summer, early fall. This particular hike is not good for pets; just due to the rock scrambling skills that tire out the four legged friends.
Another popular hike is the Railroad Tunnel Trail. Trip Advisor and Trail Link both rate this trail 5 and 4.5 stars, respectively. This trail hosts mountain bikers, and if you’re lucky, you can spot some Bighorn Sheep in their protected area. Between 1931 and 1935, this part of the railroad was used to haul supplies used in the construction of the Hoover Dam. The trail was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Since it’s conversion to a bike/hiking trail, it is an easy, level, path walk for beginners as well as a friendly trail for pets. The fifth tunnel was opened in 2001 and the trail will eventually lead all the way to the Hoover Dam. It is 4.4 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain of 1,360 feet and is well maintained.
These two trails are just some of the many hiking trail systems that exist around Boulder City. Head on out while the weather is nice and cool to see what exists in our own backyard!