Whether it's your 1st time to skydive or 500th, try one of
the best Skydive drop zones in the country. Taking off from nearby
Boulder City airport it's a sure way to add variety to your Lake Mead visit. Overlooking
Lake Mead and Lake Mohave...... it's an experience you won't forget.
You'll be pleased to find there are some choice dive spots at Lake Mead.
In Boulder Basin there's even a restricted area next to Lake Mead Marina for
divers only. There are several wrecks at this location. And on most
weekends you can see divers flags floating all around Boulder islands, just
about a mile east of Hemingway Launch ramp. You can see the
locations of these dive spots in our Boulder Basin close-up
Scuba Tank Air Fills
Boulder City Divers
1637A Nevada Hwy, Boulder City
Great Divn Colorado River
1321 Nevada Hwy, Boulder City
Explore the historic Train tunnels - Generally
speaking the opportunities around Lake Mead for bicycling are limited due to the rocky and
sandy terrain. But there is one mountain bike trail around 2.6 miles long that is scenic and a
good ride or hike. The trailhead is located near the Alan Bible visitor
center. See our Boulder Basin
close-up map for the location. The trailhead parking lot is located just past (about 100yds going NE)
the Alan Bible visitor center entrance on Lakeshore Scenic
Drive. The trail was
formerly the railroad connection between Boulder City and the Dam construction
site. It's a fairly level trail that goes through
5 tunnels that are 25ft in
diameter. As you travel the trail, look for ravens' and owls' nests,
bighorn sheep, lizards, and
antelope ground squirrels. Be aware.....you may also see rattlesnakes and
scorpions during the summer.
A few facts:
1931: Lewis Construction Company began
construction of the railroad under the Bureau of Reclamation.
1961: Last year the railroad was used.
1962: The tracks were dismantled and sold for
scrap to Lucia Brothers.
1984: Nominated to the National Register of
All the tunnels are about 300ft. in length. The tunnels
were oversized to fit penstock sections and large equipment being transported from Boulder
City to the Hoover Dam construction site.
Nine steam and four gas locomotives and 71 people were used to
operate the system. It was a standard gauge, 90 pound rail construction that
used Oregon fir ties.
Short Hikes off Northshore Rd.
Please note: Mileages listed below on Northshore
Rd. are taken going north on Hwy 167 starting at where Northshore Rd., Lake Mead Dr.,
and Lakeshore Scenic Drive come together, just west of Las Vegas Bay Marina.
You will notice mileage markers along Northshore Road to help you navigate.
The Wetlands Trail -
on Northshore Road - Hike is 1.25mi, elevation change of 100ft.
Go north on Northshore Rd. from 147, drive across the bridge over
the wash and turn into the gravel parking area on the right. The trail follows a dry wash
down to the banks of the flowing creek. Be sure to bring your binoculars to view the
The Callville Trail -
(Callville Marina access road) on Northshore Road - Hike is .5mi., elevation change
Drive 4 miles south to the entrance of the Callville Bay
Campground. Trail head starts at the dump station. 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
Northshore Summit Trail -
20.5 on Northshore Road - Hike is .5mi., elevation change of 200ft.
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.
The Redstone Trail - Mile 27 on Northshore Road. Hike is .5mi., no elevation change.
The hike starts at the Redstone Picnic area. Wind your way
through red sandstone monoliths and learn about the geology of the area.
Interpretive signs are provided along the trail.
The Rogers Spring Trail -
40 on Northshore Road. Hike is .75mi., elevation change of 100ft.
Start this scenic trail at the Rogers Spring picnic area, a
beautiful oasis and warm spring. Cross the bridge over the stream and look for the
trail leading up to the right. An easy climb takes you up to a stunning overlook.
5 mile hike off Northshore Road.
Lovell Wash -
Mile marker 16 on Northshore Road. Hike is 5mi., elevation change of 500ft.
At mile marker 16 turn left onto a dirt road and park just
off the road. Hike up the dirt road to Lovell Wash. Hike gradually upstream
(to your right) past the Anniversary Mine and through Lovell Wash Narrows, a very pretty
area. Hike only in spring, fall, or winter. Never hike if thunderstorms
threaten. Take water, good shoes, hiking partner, first aid (just in case), hat,
sunglasses, and map.