Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail
601 Nevada Way
Boulder City, NV 89005
Boulder City is about a 20-minute drive from Henderson, NV. The historic railroad tunnels on this trail were created for the construction of Hoover Dam in 1931, and the Railroad Tunnel Trail holds many beautiful, scenic vistas with views of Lake Mead and the dam. This is the perfect place to walk your dog on a leash, take him for a jog, ride bikes or push children in strollers. The easy terrain and wide paths make it enjoyable even for older dogs, with dirt and fine gravel for traction. The tracks have been removed from the now-defunct railroad bed and it’s quite level, approximately 4.6 miles total. This is a pleasant walk during the early morning or evening in summer, and any time of day during the rest of the year.
Pittman Wash Trail
13 Prairie Dog Drive
Henderson, NV 98074
Henderson’s Pittman Wash is one of the most enjoyable trails in the city. This 80-mile trail winds through residential areas and under roads, making it interesting and unique in the Las Vegas area. The paved section is the perfect trail for walking a leashed dog since you can control the length of the walk. You will see quail, a multitude of other birds, the occasional snake or lizard basking in the sun and the bottom part of the wash, which looks like scrub in some area, is actually a living desert environment thriving in the city limits. Walks are best taken early in the day.
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Echo Canyon Fossil Ridge Loop
Blue Diamond Hill
Pioche, NV 89043
This is a wonderful area to take your dog for a walk or a run. You should park in the Horseback Riding Parking lot when heading to the trail and then follow the road to the horse riding area, past the corral and the area where riders rest. Dogs must be kept on a leash until you get past this area. After you take the trail on the farthest right, head away from the ranch. Here, you have the option of letting your dog run leash-free if you desire while walking the well-beaten horse path. Once you get to the top, you can go back down through the canyon right back to the parking lot, sharing your walk with horse riders and mountain bikers. You will want to re-leash Fido at this point. The trail can take a few hours, and there are a lot of boulders upon which you can sit and rest. Bring your own water and a snack for energy, including one for your four-legged friend.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Boulder City, NV 89005
The 1.8-mile-long Bluffs Trail overlooks Lake Mead and the surrounding area. This is a popular location, where park rangers take school kids for walks during the morning, and it’s the perfect area for child-friendly leashed dogs and owners to enjoy the scenery and the easy well-maintained trail. Bluffs Trail is an exposed area with no access to water, so bring your own bottle for you and a bowl for Fido and make a morning of it. Don’t forget your camera to take photos from the knoll.
Bryce View Lodge
Bryce Canyon, UT 84764
Although not in or even very close to Las Vegas, approximately a four-hour drive, this destination is adored by both dogs and their owners. It’s easiest to start a walk with your pooch here because you have the gentle grade of an old road to follow. Once you get to the other upper trailhead, this allows you to walk down the paved road to the lower trailhead. Dogs and humans alike enjoy the plant and wildlife diversity and the spectacular views from this trail. From forest to ridge line to the old closed road, you can watch aspen leaves turn golden in fall or watch the forest come to life in the spring. The shaded areas along the first part of the hike are heavily shaded, with cooler temperatures that keep hikers and their four-legged companions comfy. Unfortunately, the recent fire in Mount Charleston will have drastically changed the topography and forest, and we have no idea yet of its impact on the pines, the protected butterfly plants and the butterflies that live there.
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