Boulder City is a mecca for outdoor adventure and exploration. The Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the Black Canyon National Water Trail, the River Mountains, and the Mojave Desert combine to create an unmatched adventure experience.
Black Canyon National Water Trail The first national water trail to flow through a desert.
As visitors travel down the 30-mile trail alongside wilderness and solitude, they can stop at sandy beaches, colorful caves, plentiful coves and active hot springs. Desert bighorn sheep and other wildlife are often seen on the cliffs along the river. There is also a great deal of history associated with the construction of and research connected to Hoover Dam including the sauna cave, gauging stations, catwalks, trails and building foundations.
“These trails provide an opportunity for families to get outside and explore some of our nation’s most beautiful waterways, and by highlighting them as part of the National Water Trails System, more visitors will have the opportunity to visit and add value to their local economies,” said Jonathan B. Jarvis, the former National Park Service director. “The National Water Trails System highlights the best of our nation’s water trails that encourage recreation and stewardship.”
Black Canyon National Water Trail
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Black Canyon/Willow Beach River Adventures
Lake Mead National Recreation Area America's Most Diverse National Recreation Area
Boat, hike, cycle, camp and fish at America’s most diverse national recreation area. With striking landscapes and brilliant blue waters, this year-round playground spreads across 1.5 million acres of mountains, canyons, valleys and two vast lakes. See the Hoover Dam from the waters of Lake Mead or Lake Mohave, or find solitude in one of the park's nine wilderness areas.
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More than 50 miles of Hiking & Biking Trails We have trails to suit both the novice and the expert.
Yes, we know "something for everyone" is a cliche. But, the hiking and biking trails in and around Boulder City really do provide something for everyone: The Bootleg Canyon Mountain Biking Trails are world-renowned; the 34 mile River Mountains Loop trail surrounds the River Mountains connecting Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Hoover Dam, Henderson, and Boulder City; the historic Railroad Tunnel Trail takes you from the Lake Mead Visitor Center along the shores of Lake Mead to Hoover Dam through a series of railroad tunnels built to supply the construction of the dam; and the 2.5 mile Black Mountain Overlook Trail climbs 1,000 feet to panoramic views of Las Vegas, Lake Mead and Boulder City.
Outfitters and Trail Heads:
Sin City Fat Tire Electric Bike Rentals and Tours
Bootleg Canyon Park Trail Head
Bootleg Canyon Flightlines Travel at speeds up to 60 mph down the Red Mountains
Are you looking for something different and fun to do off of the Las Vegas Strip? Do you crave exciting outdoor adventures? Do you seek thrills everywhere you go? Well, we’ve got what you’re looking for at Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon! With over 1.5 miles of zip line over the course of four separate runs, get ready to experience the rush!
Air Tours See the stunning desert southwest with a Boulder City Airport excursion.
The Boulder City Airport hosts six air tour companies that provide thrilling, scenic and safe excursions over Las Vegas, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. And for the more adventurous among you, perhaps Sky Dive Las Vegas or Gunship Helicopters has the thrill for seek.
Rail Explorers Experience the magic of the railroad like never before!
Just 20 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, you can ride the rails of the Nevada Southern Railroad in Boulder City. On this exhilarating 4 mile downhill ride you'll experience the beauty of the Nevada desert and the Black River Mountains like never before.
Tours include a return trip on one of the historic trains from the collection at the Nevada State Railroad Museum.
Boulder City Quad Rides Let's have fun in the desert.
Boulder City Quad Rides is a small, locally owned company which caters to small groups. We feel you get more bang for your buck and a more enjoyable experience ATV riding on guided tours in smaller groups, Three different ATV tour packages are available.
Boulder Creek Golf Club Bring your game and enjoy a great day.
Boulder Creek Golf Club's 27 oasis-themed holes feature palm trees, beach bunkers, lakes, and waterfalls. Arroyos are artfully woven into the fabric of the course. Desert holes are bordered by the area's unique playable sand traps. No blind shots, no hidden hazards, just great golf at great rates.