St. Thomas to Overton Beach is a 7.3 mile out and back 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.

Length7.3 miElevation gain22 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Lake Mead National Recreation Area charges a fee to enter. Fees are $25 per vehicle or $20 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $45. Walk along the newly created shoreline from St. Thomas townsite to Overton Beach. When you look at this route on the topo, it looks as if you'd have to be able to walk on water (or swim) in order to hike between St. Thomas and Overton Beach. However, the water level has dropped so dramatically along Lake Mead due to the severe drought, that a new shoreline has been created. You might want to carry water shoes (socks) with you in case your hiking boots get soaked, or if you get the urge to walk/play in the water. This shoreline is not the sandy beach most people prefer, it is rocky, muddy, and doesn't smell very good. On the positive side, you should have an isolated hike, with plenty of lake critters visible -- fish, gulls, rabbits, coyotes; and no humans. There are people at Overton Beach, of course, but by then you should be ready for them. This hike can also be done as a point-to-point, with 2 vehicles (or drop off) -- one at St. Thomas, one at Overton Beach. Of course, if you fish as well as hike, this is one to bring your rod along for.

Lake Mead NPS (702) 293-8907, emerg (702) 293-8932 or (800) 680-5851

St. Thomas is located 76 miles NE of Las Vegas. Take I-15 North 48 miles to Logandale-Overton exit (Nevada Route 169). Turn South and travel 29 miles to Valley of Fire Road (the State Park enters to your right) -- do NOT turn towards Valley of Fire State Park. Instead, turn on the dirt road entering SR 169 on the opposite side of Valley of Fire. Follow the dirt road to it's end -- St. Thomas Point. There is a portable toilet, and a volunteer ranger lives on-site in a trailer. There are signs leading you to the town of St. Thomas; which is visible from the parking area. Do not wander off the trail or you can easily get stuck in the mucky sediment that used to be underwater until recently. Dress appropriately for walking in mud, sand & water. You can also reach St. Thomas via Northshore Road, which takes you along this scenic route at Lake Mead. Lake Mead is a fee area. There is no drinking water available at St. Thomas, or along the coves.

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Kenneth May
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Hiking

Went off trail at St Thomas and walked directly toward Muddy River following a cow path and so glad we did. We came upon an old beaver dam and house which had been pretty much washed away. Walking along the river was awesome. We came back to the start following burrow trails. It was so cool.

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Megan Elise
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Nature tripsNo shade

It was nice. Gives a piece of information as to what happened because of the Dam. I would recommend going when it’s 70 degrees or cooler out. And bring water. Not stroller friendly.

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Mario Er
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Kay Ray
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Super easy and great history!

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Michael Ochoa
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HikingOff trailOver grownRockyScrambleWashed out

I recommend traveling on the high ground earlier and circle back near the river and areas with trees for cover. We did it the other way around. Enjoyed the hike to a place we have spent a lot of time in. It has been over 10 years since we set foot in the Overton Beach Marina area. Mixed emotions over the years of memories made in that place, but extreme disappointment in the folks that vandalized the facility and residential buildings.

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Jason Wheat
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Overgrown with Tamarix. If you’re protected and want to hike through there is still a trail. The entrance is across from the large building on west end. The schoolhouse?

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Tamara aka Dahlia
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