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About Union Hills

Sitting on unused land owned by the county, the Union Hills trail system has a handful trails with a good mixture of flat and fast trail and short, steep climbs and is well-suited for mid-week runs for those living in the area.

Union Hills contains about 10 miles of singletrack trails spread out between (and around) two small hills straddling the Union Pacific Railroad near Desert Oasis High School. The trails are fairly well maintained with new construction still occurring from time to time.

Getting to Union Hills

Union Hills is located in the southwest area of Las Vegas, between the master-planned communities of Mountain's Edge and Rhode's Ranch, accessible by paved roads at both unofficial trailheads.

Unofficial Trailheads

Tortoise Gate

Providing easy access to the west side of the Union Hills system, the Tortoise Gate has dirt parking along Rainbow Blvd with no other amenities. Trails accessed from the Tortoise Gate are Inner Baking Powder and Baking Powder Loop, but the east-side trails can be accessed via tunnels under the railroad.

How to Get There

From I-15 take the west exit onto Blue Diamond Rd and continue for approximately 4 ⅞ miles to Buffalo Dr. Turn left onto Buffalo Dr and drive south for 1 ½ miles until Buffalo Dr ends at Starr Ave and turn left, continuing until Starr Ave turns left onto Rainbow Blvd. About ⅛ mile north on Rainbow on the right side there is a gate leading to the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center. Park near the gate — but do not block the gate — and access the Union Hills trails via the dirt road behind the gate.

Cell Towers

With parking along Jones Blvd or further up the hill in a dirt lot next to the namesake cell phone towers, the Cell Towers area provides the most direct access to the Union Hills trails with no amenities other than parking. Trails accessed from the Cell Towers are primarily Leonidas Loop and Sidewinder, but the west-side trails can be accessed via tunnels under the railroad.

How to Get There

From I-15 take the west exit onto Cactus Ave and continue for approximately 2 ½ miles and turn left onto Jones Blvd. Drive another ½ mile south on Jones Blvd and either park along the road south of the intersection of Jones Blvd and Erie Ave or continue up the hill on the dirt access road the cell phone towers.