Las Vegas Trail Running

The trails around Las Vegas are spectacular, but the local trail running scene is just starting to develop. Desert Dash is taking the lead in putting on trail races in the Las Vegas metro area. They offer moonlight trail races for the 5K, 10K, and half marathon, as well as 5K, 10K, half marathon and 50K distances in October and March.

Desert Dash also offers no-drop, non-competitive group runs out at Bootleg Canyon (in Boulder City, southeast of Las Vegas) on Wednesday evenings.

Another inaugural race in 2010 we think will be a big success is the Coyote Springs 50K, Half-Marathon and 10K, put on by Desert Sky Adventures. The Coyote Springs Trail Runs are going to be 50 miles north of Las Vegas in the new master-planned Coyote Springs development.

Trails: 

River Mountains Loop Trail

Southern Nevada now has an amazing set of trails for hiking, running, mountain biking, and in some places, horseback riding. The River Mountains Loop Trail is a 35 mile long trail that loops around the River Mountain Range, connecting the Alan Bible Visitor Center in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Henderson, Boulder City, Railroad Pass, and the Hoover Dam.

35.00miles

Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail

One of the most interesting trails in the Las Vegas area is the least natural. The Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail in Lake Mead Recreational Area goes from its trailhead by the Lake Mead NRA entry gate to the Hoover Dam parking garage.

3.50miles
Trail Races: 

Desert Dash Trail Run

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Sat, 2010-10-02

The Desert Dash Trail Run is an October trail run on the west side of Las Vegas in the Cottonwood Valley part of Red Rocks. The race offers a 50K trail ultramarathon, which is new for the Vegas area, as well as a 5K, 10K, and half marathon. There are no cut-offs for the race, so they are walker friendly.

Race Types: 
Running race
5K
10K
Half Marathon
50K Ultramarathon
Trail Run

Desert Dash Moonlight Madness Trail Run

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Sat, 2010-10-23

Ever wanted to try night running? On a trail? in Vegas? Desert Dash puts on a series of evening trail races - 5K, 10K, or half marathon.

The races are held out at Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City on nice singletrack trails.

Race Types: 
5K
10K
Half Marathon
Trail Run

XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run

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Sat, 2010-04-24

This trail half marathon race around Lake Las Vegas is guaranteed to get your heart moving with big hills and rocks. The half marathon is the tough race here - there are also a 10K and a stroller-friendly 5K on crushed gravel and paved paths if you don't want to run on singletrack.

Plans for 2011 aren't available for this race, but typically XTERRA races have the trail race on Saturday and the off road triathlon on Sunday.

Race Types: 
Running race
5K
10K
Half Marathon
Trail Run

Mt. Charleston Forest Challenge

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Sat, 2010-09-18

Want to race at Mount Charleston? The Las Vegas Track Club puts on the Forest Challenge trail run on the Bristlecone Trail at Mount Charleston. Three distances are offered - 4, 6, and 11 miles.

Race Types: 
Running race
10K
Other short
Trail Run
Lengths: 
4.00miles
6.00miles
11.00miles

Laughlin/Runnercard 1/2 Marathon and 5k

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Sat, 2010-03-27

The half marathon and 5K run on a packed dirt road the organizers say is similar to a trail along the Colorado River. The race promises soft surfaces and a very flat run.

This isn't singletrack, but it's fun to be off pavement for a half marathon or 5K.

Race Types: 
5K
Half Marathon
Trail Run

Coyote Springs 50K, Half-Marathon and 10K

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Sat, 2010-11-13

The Coyote Springs 50K, Half-Marathon and 10K is going to be held November 13, 2010 in the new Coyote Springs master-planned community 50 miles north of Las Vegas. The development has a trail system that Desert Sky Adventures is using to put on the ultramarathon.

Entrants get a nice technical T-shirt and a medal, with a BBQ feast after you finish.

Desert Sky Adventures puts on excellent races, so don't worry about getting lost just because this is a first year race.

Race Types: 
Running race
10K
Half Marathon
50K Ultramarathon
Trail Run
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