Discover a Ghost Town

 

Discover a Ghost Town

St. Thomas
The foundation of the St. Thomas School House can be explored at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

NPS Photo

The Mormon settlement of St. Thomas was founded in 1865. For decades, it thrived as a stopping point between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City along the old Arrow Highway (US 91). After the construction of the Hoover Dam, the town was overtaken by the waters of Lake Mead. Waters had reached more than 60 feet above the tallest structure. Because of the ongoing drought in the Southwest, now visitors can roam the remains of a true western town. St. Thomas lies in the northern part of the park near the Overton Arm along the Muddy River, which feeds into Lake Mead. The access road is dirt and sometimes bumpy, so visitors with low riding vehicles may want to be careful. Most vehicles should be able to handle the approximately three-mile dirt road. There is a dirt trail leading to the town site from the parking area. The hike around the trail is about four miles. Learn more…