St. Thomas Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews

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.

2.0 miles
9 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly


horseback riding



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 in the southwest. One of the few bright spots to appear from the critical water shortage, St. Thomas has 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. It's a dangerous proposition to wear short pants or sleeves since the tamarisks are dense and brutal on bare skin.

9 days ago

The trail is rated as moderate but I consider it more of an easy trail. It's short and the trail itself is pretty smooth. I would go in the morning or during cooler months; just take plenty of water and sunscreen. The road to the trailhead is narrow in some parts where you cannot see around the curves, so go slow.

3 months ago

Trail is open and very nice. Very cool to see. The Overton trail down the river is overgrown with Tamarix

4 months ago

Do your homework. Research the history of this town online before going. Get a map that shows the location of the buildings and of which each building was. As you walk through this Ghost Town with the aid of a map, you can get a pretty good idea just what the town must have looked like. A nice getaway.

11 months ago

Interesting and easy. Hiked down to the Muddy River for fun.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Cooll little ghost town. Don't hike it in the summer there is zero shade. I would rate this as an easy hike it's about 3 miles with 85 ft of elevation change. Easy peasy.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Super easy walk. Beautiful, quiet open spaces.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

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!

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