Several miles of Laughlin’s Northern Colorado River frontage have been transformed into a recreational paradise offering a trails system with a variety of multi-use walks and hikes. There are fishing piers that cantilever over the Colorado River and a fully appointed day-use park with a state of the art children’s play ground and water spray area with Davis Dam as its backdrop.

The Colorado River Heritage Greenway Park and Trails (aka “North Reach”) includes four developed trailheads connected by multi-use desert and river front trails that extend and link the exisiting  Laughlin Riverwalk to a signature pedestrian overpass, which enhances Laughlin’s unique quality of life and its “soft adventure-appeal” while protecting natural and cultural resources on US Bureau of Reclamation and National Park Service lands in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Laughlin’s nearly $35 million project supports the concept of a larger regional trails system linking to the Town’s southern boundaries and even across state lines into Arizona.

The design and construction of the project is administered through Clark County and was funded primarily from the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act (SNPLMA). The project’s prestigious landscape architecture firm, Riverwalk-famed Rialto Studio, San Antonio, Texas, partnered with VTN Nevada, on the project’s design and engineering.

The North Reach project was created through a long-time partnership between the US Bureau of Reclamation, the National Parks Service and Clark County, Nevada. Support from the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce, the Las Vegas Convention  and Visitor’s Authority, the Laughlin resort hotels and other public and private entities were also instrumental in the development process.

This project plans for fee and non-fee based recreation development on USBR land to be administered by Clark County in a cooperative agreement partnership with the federal agencies. It will provide for responsible, managed development of lands and, at the same time, enhance the users understanding of area history and natural resources. Future commercial and non-commercial uses are anticipated.

 

 

Colorado River Heritage Greenway Park and Trails

The Colorado River Heritage Greenway Park and Trails project, also known as Northreach, was dedicated on July 27, 2012 The project consists of 9 miles of trails in the Laughlin area for bicyclists, pedestrians and equestrian riders, and includes expansion of the Laughlin Riverwalk, fully developed restrooms and trailheads, picnic sites, shade shelters, fishing piers, and a highway pedestrian bridge overpass and underpass providing access to the Colorado River. Visitors of all abilities can enjoy the trails and accessible fishing areas. Recreational Activities include walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, fishing, picnicking, bird watching, children’s play area, and splash pad among many other recreational opportunities.

The Trailheads:

Pyramid Canyon Trail

1.7 Miles

Hard Surface

Relatively Flat Surface

Water Available

Pedestrian, Wheelchair, Bicycle

Horseshoe Trail

2.7 miles

Native Soil

Moderate Climb

NO water Available

Horses, Hikers, Mountain Bikes

 

Dam Overlook Trail

0.8 miles

Native Surface

Moderate Climb

NO water Available

Pedestrian, Mountain Bikes

 

Desert Trail

2.8 miles

Packed Surface

Relatively Flat

NO water Available

Horses, Hikers, Mountain Bikes

NOTE: This is a Trail through the Desert, Native Wildlife may be encountered.

When we’ve come to Laughlin in the past, we always just had the Riverwalk for the Colorado River view when walking. This path is way more enjoyable and less crowded than walking behind the casinos. We drove down from the Harrah’s casino and parked in the lot by the visitor center, at the base of the bridge crossing Hwy163. From there you start walking north towards the Davis Dam. I am not complaining, but this may be the most overbuilt park I have ever seen. The asphalt path has got to be 8-10 feet wide. There were several shelters with benches and charcoal grills throughout the 2 mile (?) path. There were some spots that the river was accessible. At the Davis Dam end, there is a playground with a water fountain area to cool off in. Restrooms are available at both ends of the trail. It really is a nice stroll walking through a desert atmosphere, but also seeing the Colorado River. This really was one of my favorite walking trails, serene.
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