Nevada March 22, 2017
These 6 Trails In Nevada Will Lead You To Extraordinary Ancient Ruins
Forget horror movies like “The Ruins” and the creepy fate that befalls travelers interested in exploring them. Ruins provide a glimpse into a colorful and oftentimes historic past; one of which exemplifies Nevada. Take a look at these stunning hiking trails that lead into the past and to extraordinary ancient ruins and other historical markers.
1. Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail - Boulder City
This easy 8-mile round-trip hike provides a glimpse into the history of the Hoover Dam and its construction. This trail takes visitors through five different railroad tunnels, each of which are full of remnants of the past, including some ruins from arson fires.
Visitors can see the remnants of old pioneer trails adjacent to the railroad beds.
2. Sloan Canyon - Henderson
During this 5.5-mile loop, hikers can view spectacular rock formations and indigenous wildlife; however, the best part of this trail is the petroglyph gallery. Sloan Canyon has been called the Sistine Chapel of Native American rock art due to the many petroglyphs' size and significance.
There are more than 300 rock art panels that contain an impressive 1,700 individual art elements that archaeologists believe were created by native indigenous cultures.
3. Eldorado Canyon Trails - Nelson
The canyon is decorated with many trails taking hikers to such natural features as Keyhole Canyon and Stone Bridge.
However, the hike to the abandoned Techatticup Mine immerses visitors in Nevada's gold rush history and offers several relics and artifacts to see.
4. Pine Creek Canyon Trail - Red Rock Canyon
Just 30 minutes west of the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas is Red Rock Canyon and the Pine Creek Canyon Trail.
One of the area's scenic hikes is a three-quarter-mile round trip jaunt to Lost Creek. Another trail takes hikers on a 2-mile round trip trek that leads guests to the ruins of an old home surrounded by Ponderosa pines.
5. Ward Charcoal Ovens Historic State Park - Ward
Trails to and from these amazing ovens await visitors in Ward. The charcoal ovens (measuring 30 feet high, 27 feet in diameter, with two-foot thick walls at the base) are two miles to the south of the town, and six of them are in excellent condition. Additionally, the smelter, mill foundations, and a cemetery remain in the town.
The view looking up from inside one of the ovens.
6. Osceola Ditch Trail - Great Basin National Park
This .3-mile hike wanders through the remnants of an 18-mile long ditch built by miners in the 1880s as well as the remains of the town's cemetery and other mining artifacts and ruins.
Remnants of the Osceola Ditch Tunnel along the trail.
Nevada is a state filled with history and nature. Hiking is a popular pastime, and what better way to blend one’s love of both than by exploring one of these stunning trails to glimpse the past. Do you know of other trails that lead to fantastic ruins? Please comment below.