History of the Logandale Trails
by Christine Ward
photos by Awesome Adventures and Logandale Trails
Logandale Trails is a multi-use trail system that consists of well marked trails, restrooms, information kiosks, and primitive camping. It encompasses over twenty-one thousand acres.
The area has always been very popular with Moapa Valley locals for Easter egg hunts, family reunions, Scouting events, and of course, trail riding.
In 1998, the Nevada Trails Coalition, working with the Nevada United Four Wheelers Association and the Las Vegas District of the BLM, announced the groundbreaking of the first of several projects funded by a grant from the Nevada Recreational Trails Program. The projects consisted of surveys and renovations of existing trails, construction of a restroom, installation of trash receptacles, and loading and unloading areas for people with disabilities. The BLM estimated that approximately two hundred people per month visited the Logandale Trails at that time.
Over the next fourteen years, the popularity of Logandale Trails increased tremendously. A 2012 estimate from the BLM put the visitor count at 168,248, or 7.97 visitors per acre that year. Contrast that with the figure of .83 visitors per acre for ALL public lands open to recreation in Clark County, and one can see that Logandale Trails is one very popular place. While no official counts have been done since then, estimates put the annual visitor count around two hundred thousand.
In 2014, after nearly six years of planning, Partners in Conservation (PIC) was designated as site steward for Logandale Trails. PIC is a local Moapa Valley nonprofit administered by Elise McAllister. The designation was the first recreational stewardship program in the region.
While the BLM is still in charge of Logandale Trails, and all permitting is still under their jurisdiction, PIC became responsible for much of the day-to-day upkeep, including dumpster services, caring for and improving restrooms, cleaning up campsites, monitoring sensitive areas, and establishing more of a watchful presence in the area.
PIC relies on funding from the BLM, as well as various grants, but by far PIC’s most important source of labor and materials to implement their projects for Logandale Trails comes from their many supporters, volunteers, and their unique and interactive fundraisers. These fundraisers always include a Trail Clean Up, and it is partly through these clean-ups that PIC has been so successful in keeping the area looking as spectacular as it does.
In January 2017, Logandale Trails had a ground-breaking ceremony celebrating the first ever on the ground project funded by State OHV registration fees to replace the original restrooms.
On March 25, Logandale Trails held its First Annual Fundraiser, Beauty and Beast, in which participants decorated their vehicles in hopes of being awarded the Most Beautiful or Most Beastly in their categories. This event was a success, with many prizes awarded. And of course, a cleanup of the trails followed.
Logandale Trails has become incredibly popular, not just for local and out of town off-road enthusiasts; it also attracts various businesses and other entities.
JP Magazine, Self-billed as the largest Jeep magazine in the world, had a trail run in early April with the Vegas Valley Four Wheelers as a planned stop on their way to the Jeep Fest in Moab, Utah. Also in early April, a commercial for a perfume was filmed there. A mule riding organization from Colorado spent a few days on the trails in 2016, and a manufacturer of remote controlled OHVs utilized the trails for building courses for their vehicles.
Of course, the biggest event for Logandale Trails is the annual Hump-N-Bump held in November and sponsored by Vegas Valley Four Wheelers. This event celebrated its thirty-fifth Hump-N-Bump last year. The Vegas Valley Four Wheelers are a huge supporter of PIC and Logandale Trails, and they generously donate each year to show their appreciation.
Logandale Trails is one of the finest examples of a multi-use trail system in the region, and all of us who use it owe a huge debt of gratitude to those who make it possible for us to enjoy such a diverse trail system for FREE: BLM, Partners in Conservation, Moapa Valley Rotary, Moapa Valley Chamber, MVRP, Local Scout groups, Moapa Valley businesses, and all of the hundreds of volunteers who spend their leisure time supporting the trail system.