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Railroad Trail earns national designation

The Historic Railroad Trail at Lake Mead National Recreation Area was recently designated as a national trail by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The 3.5-mile trail, which operated under the Lewis Construction Co. in 1931, is the only remaining section of the Hoover Dam Railroad system that isn’t under water, according to the National Park Service.

The railroad itself hasn’t been in service since 1961, but was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The trail was one of 10 trails nationwide to receive the designation June 4 in recognition of National Trails Day, which was observed Saturday.

“We are honored that the Historic Railroad Trail received such an esteemed designation,” said Lake Mead Superintendent Patrick Gubbins. “The beautiful lake views along this trail combined with Hoover Dam history make it one of Southern Nevada’s most unique trail experiences.”

Lake Mead is no stranger to national designations. Last June, the Black Canyon Water Trail was designated as a national water trail by the Interior Department. It’s one of just 16 recognized water trails nationwide.

“By designating these exceptional trails as part of the National Trails System, we recognize the efforts of local communities to provide outdoor recreational opportunities that can be enjoyed by everyone,” said Department Secretary Sally Jewell.

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