The other day the three of us here at GuillermosTravels.com we went to the Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail. On this adventure you get to follow the path that the trains took to bring building supplies to the build site of the Hoover Dam.
The site was so remote at the time of the build that most of the work had to be done on site like concrete mixing and gravel sorting. Some of the materials for the construction needed to be brought in from other places like Portland! Which is where I am from, well the Portland area anyway.
At the entrance we were greeted by some rather ominous looking gates.
After safely entering the gates the area opened up and we were able make our way farther in. The path was long and I knew this would quite the adventure!The trail was long and after awhile we came upon some very large openings in the earth that people and other dogs seemed to disappear into.
I was amazed at how many of the other dogs had their humans trained to carry them. I don’t think I could ever con Mama and Papa into carrying me that far!
As we got closer to these openings they seemed to grow larger and larger.
Papa had read that these holes are man made and where made extra tall to allow fully loaded trains to bring rocks, gravel and extra large pipes to the site to build site for Hoover Dam.
There are multiple tunnels that you must walk through on this path. When emerging from the end of the tunnels you will find great views of Lake Mead as we did.
We wound up stopping and taking a rest here. While we were resting a nice man with his family were passing by and offered to take a picture of all of us all together. So Papa scooped me up.
Along the path they have two very special rocks. We were unable to find out what was so special about them.
Normally I would look to Mama and Papa for answers but even they were stumped. Along the whole path these were they only two of their kind and they had big cones protecting them.
Shortly after these rocks we came to the end of the main trail. Apparently the trail continues for a few miles all the way to Hoover Dam. Mama and Papa remembered I am not welcome there so I decided we should turn around and head back into the tunnels.
The last tunnel on the trail was never actually used and was completed much later than the actual dam was. This is the sixth tunnel that the path runs through.
This path has great scenery and from what we are told there is all kinds of wild life here like big horn sheep, owls, various desert lizards and many others.
Unfortunately we did not see any of these and were told by one of the signs that are scattered along the path that the best time to see them is at dawn and dusk. This is when the animals are most active.
If you every find yourself around Las Vegas site seeing we highly suggest checking out the Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail to add to the marvel that is Hoover Dam.