Saddle Up and RideHorseback riding is allowed as we provide spectacular scenic vistas of Lake Mead and rugged and isolated backcountry. Striking and dramatic physical features include deep canyons, dry washes, sheer cliffs, distant mountain ranges, the lakes, colorful soils and rock formations and mosaics of different vegetation.
There are many trails and marked backcountry roads perfect for riding with only a few limitations. Desert ecosystems are fragile and require special care. Desert soils, when disturbed, take years to heal, so it is important for riders to travel on established trails.
The lack of available drinking water is both a challenge and a limitation for riders and horses. Care should be taken when planning your trip since stock animals may not use natural or man-made water sources within the park. The use of loose hay or grain containing viable seeds as feed is prohibited. Please be sure to pick up after your horses.
Horseback Riding Locations
Horses and pack animals may be ridden or used throughout the recreation area. Around 50% of the River Mountains Loop Trail is open to equestrian users.The equestrian section begins at mile marker 1 just north of Railroad Pass in Henderson and ends at mile marker 14.5 near Las Vegas Bay within the park. The equestrian trail parallels the paved trail.
Equestrian use is prohibited in picnic areas, campgrounds and these areas:
There are opportunities for horseback riding in the backcountry at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. A network of backcountry roads has been developed within the park to provide access to the lakeshore and other areas of interest that are off the beaten path. Learn more by visiting the maps page.
Last updated: September 2, 2020