Residents embrace newly completed River Mountains Trail

Southern Nevadans who enjoy the outdoors are willing to endure summer’s stop-drop-and-roll heat because they know the sun will eventually retreat from the Mojave Desert and give way to perfect fall days.

Those days have arrived, and that means bicyclists and hikers, joggers, dog walkers and picnickers are heading to the just-finished River Mountains Trail, a 35-mile loop linking Henderson, Boulder City, Lake Mead and Hoover Dam.

The vegetation is sparse, dominated with creosote bushes, jimson weed and the occasional cactus. But by March — a more colorful time for hiking and biking – the primrose, buckwheat and lily, three of the many wildflowers of the Mojave, will carpet the desert floor.

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