Lake Mead National Recreation Area Hiking Overview

Like most desert areas, backcountry hiking at Lake Mead NRA is generally cross-country. The trailheads that exist are mostly found along Northshore Road, which also happens to be a beautiful day's drive. A variety of geological sights can be seen along the way. The forces that created this landscape are revealed in the exposed rainbow-colored layers of rock. All of these trails are easy, with minimal elevation gain.

Wetlands Trail
Trailhead: Mile 1.2 on Northshore Road. Drive north across the bridge over the wash and turn into the gravel parking area on the right.
Length: 1.25 miles (1.2 km) loop trail
The trail follows a dry wash down to the banks of the flowing creek. Be sure to bring your binoculars to view the bird life.

Callville Trail
Trailhead: Turn right at Mile 11.1 on Northshore Road (Callville access road) and drive 4 miles to the entrance of the Callville Bay Campground. Trail head starts at the dump station.
Length: 0.5 miles (0.8 km) round-trip
A short climb will reward you with a spectacular view from the summit. To the south by Hoover Dam sits Fortification Hill, Boulder Basin, Hemenway Valley, Boulder City, and the River Mountains. Looking west lies the Callville Bay developed area, Callville Mesa, and the Black Mountains.

Northshore Summit Trail
Trailhead: Mile 20.5 on Northshore Road
Length: 0.5 miles (0.8 km) round-trip
Look for hiking and photography signs just past the 20-mile marker on Northshore Road traveling north. The parking area is on the left side of the road. The trail climbs from the parking area to a nearby hilltop with a dramatic panoramic view of the Muddy Mountains, the red rocks of Bowl of Fire, Bitter Springs Valley, and the Virgin Basin.

Redstone Trail
Trailhead: Mile 27 on Northshore Road Redstone Picnic Area
Length: 0.5-mile loop (0.8 km)
Wind your way through red sandstone monoliths and learn about the geology of the area. Interpretive signs are provided along the trail. Begin your hike at the Redstone Picnic Area.

Rogers Spring Trail
Trailhead: Mile 40 on Northshore Road
Length: 0.75 miles (1.2 km) round-trip
Step on to this scenic trail at Rogers Spring picnic area, a beautiful oasis and warm spring. Cross the bridge over the stream and look for the trail leading upwards to the right. An easy climb takes you up to a stunning overlook.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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