Nevada has a number of trails with minimal obstacles. Some are very easy and others are wheelchair accessible. Here are just a few of them.
Most of the links given were found through Internet search. Some places I have been able to visit and a few have been recommended to me by other people who have been there. With your help, we can share our knowledge with disabled people everywhere and also increase awareness of the need for more accessibility. Please e-mail me with your suggestions using the form to the right.
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Brochure Map
“Year-round hiking is permitted along designated refuge roads and trails. Refuge boardwalks provide an up-close view of the springs, fish, and plants of Ash Meadows without disturbing the fragile habitat.”
The photos of the boardwalks look as if they are wheelchair accessible, but you had better call 775 372-5435 to be sure.
Desert National Wildlife Range Map
Corn Creek Trail System Map the Bighorn (0.4 mile) , Jack Rabbit ( 0.1 mile) and Coyote (0.3 mile) loops are all accessible. Whispering Ben (0.1 mile) is rated easy. The Corn Creek Field Station ….”can be reached by travelling north on U.S. Highway 95 approximately 25 miles from downtown Las Vegas”. Described in LocalHikes.com
Lake Mead Accessibility Call 702-293-8990 for information.
River Mountains Loop Trail 35.3 miles from Boulder City to Henderson. As described on TrailLink “The surrounding River Mountains are home to one of the largest bighorn sheep populations in Nevada”.
? Historic Railroad Trail 3.7 miles from trailhead to Hoover Dam Parking Garage. “The Historic Railroad Trail is easily accessed either near the Alan Bible Visitor Center or via the Hoover Dam parking garage. It is an easy hike and has great panoramic views of Lake Mead, Boulder Basin, and Fortification Hill.” Soft sand may be a problem in places.
? Bluffs Trail Jim Boone of birdandhike.com describes this trail as ” a nice, relaxing, 0.9-mile stroll across the desert to a low summit overlooking all of the surrounding territory.” Judging from this youtube video of the trail by bigs2020, you would be wise to have trekking poles for balance. There are some pretty rocky stretches.
Oxbow Nature Study Area Described by the Lahontan Audubon Society:
“Oxbow Nature Study Area is one of the few relatively intact riparian areas along the Truckee River in Reno. It is characterized by mature cottonwoods, Russian olive trees, willows, dense brush piles, and a small pond with thick cattails. A [one third mile] wheelchair-accessible boardwalk begins near the Interpretive Center.” Reviewed on Yelp, AllTrails.
Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge Brochure Map
Pahranagat Lake (upper) spillway walk is a 0.6 mile round trip loop as described in LocalHikes.com
? Pahranagat Lake Upper Loop. LocalHikes.com describes this as 4.83 miles and easy, but with some “difficult spots”. Try calling 775-725-3417 or 702-515-5450 to find out how much of the trail is truly easy.
Information provided by staff: “One ADA trail near the visitor center that is about 200 yrd long. One ADA ramp down to a marsh area and a short wood deck. However, the parking there is not ADA.” Try calling Tim Parker at 775-725-3417 ext. 101 for more information.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Accessibility
Trails described by the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association Trails described in Bird and Hike.com Map of Day Hikes
The 0.25 mile round trip Overlook trail goes to a view of the Canyon.
Red Spring Boardwalk trail in Calico Canyon is a 1/2 mile boardwalk loop which “starts in a picnic area, switchbacks gently up a hillside beneath towering Velvet Ash trees, and then makes a wide loop around an alkali meadow to Red Spring, which is at the far side of the meadow from the top of the hillside. Shaded benches provide pleasant places to watch swallows flying over the meadows…”) Map and illustrations by Bird and Hike.com
Moenkopi Loop is a 2 mile loop which “…starts at the visitor center and traverses a prominent limestone ridge.” There are “panoramic views of the Wilson Cliffs..”
Lost Creek- Children’s Discovery is a 3/4 mile self-guided interpretive trail rated as easy.
Fire Ecology Trail is an easy 3/4 mile loop through a 1997 prescribed burn area.
Genoa Trail system includes two easy hikes at the Nature Conservancy’s River Ranch: “…The East Brockliss Loop is a 0.7 mile, nearly flat, natural surface trail with two short 24” wide boardwalks over water part of spring.”
The West Fork Trail is a 2-mile long, flat and wide trail also used occasionally as a ranch road that connects Genoa Lane and Muller Lane.” From Jeremy Vican, VP Trail Operations, “This on the River Fork Ranch Nature Conservancy property, a part of the Genoa Trail System most easily accessed from Genoa Lane.”
Genoa Vista Trail as described by the Carson Valley Trails Association, ” This is an approximate 1.3-mile ..trail between the town of Genoa and David Walley’s Hot Spring Resort.” and is fully paved in the town of Genoa.
From Jeremy Vican:
Fay-Luther Trail system. “The interpretive trail on Fay-Luther Trail System [BLM description] is the most accessible trail on that system. It is an interpretive loop, definitely not wheelchair accessible because of sandy soils, but easily doable for children and elderly.”
“Clear Creek Trail is a gentle grade…,not wheelchair accessible though.”
“Bently-Kirman Tract Trail is flat, but a natural trail with cattle present, so not wheelchair friendly but very easy to do my most anyone else.”
Cathedral Gorge State Park Trails descriptions
Nature Loop is one mile. The Park Service states that “Bridge may impede wheelchair use.” You might want to call them at 775-728-4460 for clarification.
Juniper Draw is 4 miles in a dry wash, described as easy with negligible altitude gain.
There are a 1/3 mile wheelchair accessible boardwalk nature trail and a picnic area here as well as an accessible path to a sandy beach. Even better, you can borrow one of their two beach wheelchairs, free of charge. The wheelchairs are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Entry to the park is $12 per car for non-residents of Nevada, but it’s worth it.
Spooner Lake Back Country
The Spooner Lake loop trail described by Tahoe Adventure Sports. Said to be “good for all skill levels” by AllTrails. These two references disagree on length — 2.1 or 1.8 miles.
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park Trails Map with details on slope and surface. The park is within the Red Rocks Canyon National Conservation area. Two of the trails, 0.4 mile Lake Harriet and 0.3 mile North Ash Grove have crushed gravel or aggregate surfaces. Although both have low average gradients, each has a relatively steep stretch might make them too difficult. Call 702-875-4141 to inquire.
Valley of Fire State Park Facebook Brochure Trail Map with surface and slope details
I found one reference which claimed some trails here were handicapped accessible, but the descriptions sound as if they might still be a little difficult for anyone with unsteady balance. Call 702-397-2088 to learn more.
Washoe Lake State Park Trail Map Brochure
The park has a number of mostly low-gradient sandy trails with short steeper stretches. Call (775) 687-4319 to learn more.
Equestrian Trails page 36. This Truckee Meadows area guide states that the 15 miles of equestrian trails north of the paved bike path are ADA accessible. I don’t see these trails on the park trail map.
Paved Bike Path runs 2.7 miles on asphalt and is 8 feet wide. It is not shown as wheelchair accessible in the park literature, so you had better check first. 775-687-4319.
Clark County Wetlands Park Map
Wetlands Nature Preserve “Trails wind through 210 acres of varied habitat, including: tall trees, ponds and streams, mesquite woodland, and desert scrub” Map There are ADA compliant trails shown on the map.
Duck Creek “Accessible trails tall shrubs, grass, and small trees. ….. Trails are currently accessed from the cul-de-sac at the east end of Wetlands Park Lane (outside of the Nature Preserve parking lot).
Wetlands Park Loop Trail “…. circles the entire Wetlands Park, totaling 13 miles and connecting all of our trailheads.” Most of it is paved, but one part of the trail, “along the south side of the Las Vegas Wash …. is currently unpaved. Sections may be periodically impassible due to construction.” The loop trail connects with the River Mountains Trail.
Las Vegas Parks and Recreation call 702-229‐6541
Floyd Lamb Park is a 680 acre park described as “… a welcome oasis in the desert of northwest Las Vegas. With its wildlife, lush vegetation, lakes and views of the Sheep and Spring Mountain Ranges, Floyd Lamb is a natural park unique to the typical Las Vegas urban experience.”
A 1 mile paved trail loops around the pond. Described in AllTrails.com
Reno Parks and Recreation call 775-334-2262.
Huffaker Park Lookout Trail page 30. This compacted gravel trail in Huffaker Park “wraps around a pair of hills offering a view of the Truckee Meadows. Visitors can hike a .75-mile or a 1.6-mile loop….”
Oxbow Nature Study Area Trail page 56 “From the trail inside Oxbow Nature Study Area, visitors may see deer, wild rabbits, beaver, golden eagles, hawks, falcons, quail, several types of ducks, snakes, lizards, muskrats and other native species. The trail has multiple access points to the Truckee River.”
Virginia Lake Loop Trail page 34. A one mile loop around the lake.
Washoe County Parks and Open Space call (775) 823-6500
Rah Rah Interpretive Trail page 38. This paved, half-mile “interpretive nature loop trail inside Golden Eagle Regional Park highlights the Native American and natural history of the Rah Rah range.”
Swan Lake Nature Study Area page 50 ..”features an unusually diverse population of birds, including swans. Boardwalks take visitors throughout the wetlands area. Hiking trails also are available to the lake shore.”
The Falcon Guide “Best Easy Day Hikes Lake Tahoe” by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré is very helpful for pointing you to easy hikes.
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy lists wheelchair accessible trails in Nevada.
The Truckee Meadows Trails Guide is the source for many of my posts. The guide is about public trails around the Truckee Meadows and is a cooperative effort by Reno, Sparks and Washoe County. The link will take you to the top and you need to scroll down the the given page number.