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St. Thomas (Lake Mead NRA)

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Walk among Nevadas own Atlantis-a ghost town that was underwater over 60 yrs
Near:Overton, NV
Distance:3 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:100 ft
Hike Time:1.5 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: 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
Trailhead: 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 (scenic route & fee area). THE VIRGIN & MUDDY RIVERS (they merge at St. Thomas) BOTH FLOODED IN JAN. 05 & DIRT ROAD IS TEMPORARILY WASHED OUT. HIKE IN FROM PAVED ROAD. (Lat:36.46918 Lon:-114.38394)
Trail Guides for St. Thomas (Lake Mead NRA):
Lake Mead free map and Desert Lake View brochure
by National Park Service (Lake Mead National Rec Area)

Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Lake Mead NPS (702) 293-8907, emerg (702) 293-8932 or (800) 680-5851
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Kat Green, who has posted  86 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 3   Submit your own review
Reviewed by JBE on 12/30/2012
There is now a $10 fee (for cars) to enter the Valley of Fire State Park, which you must enter to reach St. Thomas. Cool hike.

Reviewed by Shana H. on 3/27/2011
Really cool hike, kind of spooky, but easy/moderate hike. Great example of an old kind of ghost town.

Reviewed by J on 6/8/2010
A little crispy now...

Reviewed by Debbie on 12/20/2009
Definitely worth the drive and the hiking is easy and ruins are amazing to see.

Reviewed by bill on 12/20/2009
worth the trip

Reviewed by ML on 11/8/2009
Went in October. A very easy, pleasant hike. Loved the vegetation, and the ruins were fantastic (even though I managed to scare myself! Too many movies!) Will do it again.

Reviewed by M.H. & kids on 12/21/2008
12-20-08...The day was beautiful, having just snowed, the mountains were blanketed and wasnt too cold. I took 2 of my daughters on this hike with me. ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING !!! To be able to walk back onto history, to walk where a past generation walked and to see what hasnt been seen in so many years. My daughters were in awe of the town. At each foumdation or homesite we would find, we sat and pondered who lived there or what the site used to be. We spent a few hours exploring the sites, looking at the plates, glass, rusted metal and thinking about the lives of those before us. I myself was amazed at the construction of the foundations and the technology used then. A great hike!!! Got a lot of great photos..Will return to St. Thomas...

Reviewed by FamilyMan on 2/24/2008
My family and I hiked St. Thomas today for the first time. I called NPS to make sure the gate was open and recommend the same to anyone. The road just underwent maintenance after recent rains and is in really good shape for any car. The tamarisk has really overtaken the roads in the townsite. It is like walking in a maze. I was glad I read about St. Thomas on the internet before I went as it brought more meaning to the experience. NPS also does guided tours of this hike open to the public complete with photos and history. Check their website at for schedule. The weather was perfect. I really enjoyed this hike!

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