St. Thomas Trail is a 2 mile loop trail located near Overton, Nevada and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from September until May. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Walk among Nevadas own Atlantis-a ghost town that was underwater over 60 yrs. St. Thomas has emerged from the depths of Lake Mead due to the decreasing water level, which is caused by the severe multi-year drought we are experiencing in the southwest. One of the few bright spots to appear from our critical water shortage, St. Thomas had been underwater for 65 years, since Hoover Dam was completed, and Lake Mead was created. St. Thomas was settled by Mormons in 1865, abandoned, then re-settled in 1880. The 1930 U.S. Census listed St. Thomas' population at 274. This small agricultural community never had electricity or running water, but was a tight-knit group, whose inhabitants mostly relocated to Logandale-Overton when the water covered their town. There is much information available about St. Thomas on the internet, and in local publications. The trail is being rapidly improved -- already much easier to walk on than last year. It's a dangerous proposition to wear short pants or sleeves since the tamarisks are dense and brutal on bare skin.
Just did this hike on Nov 2 when temp was low 80s. (I would not attempt this hike in the summer) It was spectacular! The hike was easy, scenery beautiful. The ruins were very interesting. There are several artifacts that people have uncovered. The best part was the solitude. I have never in my life been miles away from civilization with only one other human being. The quiet was almost a religious experience.... The only sounds were grasshoppers, birds and an occasional plane. Oh and then of course my cell phone (better signal there than in the hotels on the Vegas strip!) But turn your cell phone off and commune with nature! It's very calming and cleansing. Will definitely do this hike again!