The Historic Railroad Trail is an easy hike (4.4 mile round trip) along a former railroad grade. It provides panoramic views of Lake Mead, overlooking the Boulder Basin area. As hikers travel through five large tunnels, they will experience a portion of the railroad route that ran from Boulder City to Hoover Dam from 1931 to 1961. It was a standard-gauge, 90-pound rail construction that used Oregon fir ties. All tunnels are approximately 300 feet in length, and 25 feet in diameter. The tunnels were oversized to fit pipe sections and large equipment being transported to Hoover Dam. This is the only remaining section of Hoover Dam Railroad system that is not highly disturbed or under water.
This section of the railroad was used in the motion picture "The Gauntlet" starring Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke for a sequence in which they were on a motorcycle being chased by an assassin in a helicopter.
Tour Price: $140.00 per person
Tour Includes: Round-trip private transportation, admission fees, knowledgeable tour guides, snacks and water.