St. Thomas to Overton Beach [CLOSED]

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Lake Mead National Recreation Area

St. Thomas to Overton Beach [CLOSED] is a 11.7 kilometer 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.

Distance: 11.7 km Elevation Gain: 7 m Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly


horseback riding




This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. 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.

road biking
1 month ago

3 months ago

Super easy and great history!

off trail
over grown
washed out
7 months ago

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.

Sat Dec 30 2017

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?

Sat Apr 06 2019