UPDATE TO SUMMERLIN TRAILS: I had an email from someone asking for more information about the Summerlin Trail System and a map. I do apologize to that person I had computer troubles and lost the email. Hope you read the blog again for this update. I know there is a map at www.summerlin.combut I came across an amazing array of pictures from Southern Nevada Regional Trails and Open Spaces Summit. Now I will continue to take my own pictures and add to the blog when I am out and about but these pictures of Summerlin and the trails are amazing!!!! ENJOY!
Trail Pictures and Maps:)
This picture is just a very small snippet of the walking trails in the master-planned community of Summerlin. Located on the NW rim of the Las Vegas Valley.
The Howard Hughes Corporation who is the developer of Summerlin received the Trails Developer Award recently. The award recognizes developers who establish quality, well-designed, multi uses trail systems with in private developments. It is the only award of its kind in the nation. “Summerlin’s extensive trail system is a model of efficient. The 150-mile trail system connects neighborhoods and amenities throughout Summerlin.” According to the National Association of Home Builders trails are the number one amenity homeowners seek when buying a home. The Howard Hughes Corporation conducts routine resident that echo this same information. ( I know this true because I have participated in these surveys after living in Summerlin for so long.) The last survey revealed trails rank well ahead of parks, golf courses, and other recreational facilities. In use 70% of the residents say they use the trails at least every couple of weeks. On any given day thousands of Summerlin residents can be seen walking, running, or cycling on one of the community trails. The trail system in Summerlin includes five types of planned trails. Street-side, village, bike, regional and natural. The regional trails will link Summerlin with the link to the BLM in Red Rock Canyon. Red Rock National Conservatory Area is being designed for multiple non motorized uses.
Summerlin’s trail system will eventually connect to more than 2,000 miles of regional trails. This will make it most efficient trail system in the Southwest. These regional trails will be done in public and private partnership. This involves the Howard Hughes Corporation, Clark County and the city of Las Vegas.
Street-side trails vary in width from 5-8 feet and are designed for both serious and casual runners and walkers.
Village Trails are 8 feet wide and are in natural creek beds or man-made open space corridors. They cater to long distant walkers and runners as well as bicyclist.
Dedicated bicycle routes and stripped bike lanes are typically 4 to 6 feet in width and are geared toward the more experienced cyclists.
A network of natural trails is planned along the western rim of Summerlin. These will be designed for the outdoor enthusiast and serious hikers.
Summerlin just keeps getting better and better to live in.