Nevada November 17, 2016
One Of The Most Overlooked Natural Areas In Nevada Is Downright Breathtaking
The Logandale Trails System is often unnoticed compared to its nearby neighbors, Valley of Fire State Park and the Lake Mead National Recreational Area. This park is not to be missed if you’re an outdoor enthusiast and desert lover!
The park has more than 200 miles of trails. It is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Valley of Fire State Park.
The total area covered by the trails system is 45,000 acres.
The area was once the home of the Virgin Anasazi.
Remnants of their civilization can still be seen to this day. Foundations of pueblos and petroglyphs are a part of the trail system's attractions.
The park is also a great place to see local wildlife.
The desert tortoise (an endangered species) and three "BLM Sensitive Species" live in the park. These are Chuckwallas (a type of lizard), Gila monsters (the only poisonous lizard in all of North America) and Desert Bighorn Sheep. Visitors have also been known to see Bald Eagles.
The most popular activities in the park are hiking, mountain biking and off-highway vehicle (OHV) driving.
The area also draws campers, rock climbers and horseback riders.
The trail system actually came into being because of a push by OHV drivers who wanted a place where they could enjoy their passion.
Together with the Bureaus of Land Management and Reclamation and the Valley of Fire State Park officials, they created a trail system that could appeal to all types of outdoor activites. At the same time, their goal was to conserve and protect the natural beauty of the area, the historical aspects (such as the petroglyphs) and the local wildlife.
If you want to try out driving an OHV in the park, you can rent one or take a guided tour through companies in nearby Overton and Las Vegas.
The trail system is also the site of a popular marathon each year.
As with other activities, if you plan to run/jog in the park, make sure you have more than enough water!
If your goal is camping, there are designated campsites for use.
Camping is "primitive" as there is no water, RV hookups or dumping stations. Make sure you bring in plenty of water, particularly if you camp in the summer.
If you plan to visit, there are maps that you can download from the Logandale Trail System's website.
These tend to be much more accurate than using a GPS, so obtaining the maps before you go is important!
The Logandale Trails System is about an hour's drive from Las Vegas.
To reach the park, take the I-15 heading north. Exit on the 169 Nevada Highway, driving to Logandale/Overton. Make a right on Liston Road and continue on Liston past the railroad tracks and into the park.
Have you visited the Logandale Trails System? Let us know in the comments!