Rail Explorers Las Vegas Division is a unique and thrilling adventure that offers visitors the opportunity to explore the Mojave Desert in a way they’ve never experienced before. These pedal-powered rail vehicles are designed to ride along the train tracks that were once used by trains hauling minerals and supplies to California. The tour takes you through the pristine desert landscape, where you will have an opportunity to see native plants and wildlife, and also to learn about the area’s rich history.
The tour starts with a brief orientation, where you will learn about the rail explorers and their operation. You will also receive a safety briefing before embarking on your journey. Once you are all set, you will board your rail explorer and set off on your adventure. The tour typically takes about 90 minutes and covers a distance of approximately 4 miles.
The rail explorers come in two-seater or four-seater versions, making them perfect for couples, families or groups. The four-seater vehicles are great for families, while the two-seater vehicles are perfect for couples. The vehicles are comfortable and easy to pedal, making the experience accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels.
During your tour, you will ride along the train tracks that were once used by the Union Pacific Railroad, which served the Hoover Dam construction site. You will also see some of the area’s other landmarks, such as the River Mountain Loop Trail, the Lake Mead Recreation Area, and the historic town of Boulder City.
One of the highlights of the Rail Explorers Las Vegas Division tour is the chance to see the desert landscape up close. The area is home to a variety of plant and animal species, and you may see coyotes, jackrabbits, and other wildlife along the way. The tour is also a great way to learn about the history of the area, including the role it played in the construction of the Hoover Dam.
The rail explorers are also a popular option for special events, such as weddings, birthdays, and corporate events. The company offers a range of packages, which can include catering, live music, and other amenities to make your event extra special.
If you’re looking for a unique and exciting adventure in Las Vegas, Rail Explorers Las Vegas Division is definitely worth checking out. The tour offers a fun, safe, and eco-friendly way to explore the beautiful Mojave Desert, and it’s suitable for visitors of all ages and fitness levels. Whether you’re looking for a fun family activity or a romantic outing for two, the rail explorers are sure to provide an unforgettable experience.
What is a Rail Explorer?
A rail explorer is a pedal powered vehicle that rides on railroad tracks. They have 4 steel wheels, hydraulic disc brakes, pedals for each seat, and are comfortable, fun and easy to ride. Although the rail explorers require pedalling, the magic of steel wheels on steel rails makes the experience very different from riding a regular bicycle. There is no need to carefully watch the road ahead, there is no need to steer and riding is hands free - making it easy to take photographs and video as you roll along. Choose either the Tandem Rail Explorer (2 seats) or Quad Rail Explorer (4 seats) for your ride. Single rider 'VIP Seats' are also available. Pedal powered rail vehicles date back to at least the 1850’s, when maintenance workers used hand-cars and ‘rail bikes’ to travel along the tracks. They were used to transport crew and materials for track inspection and repairs. Today, there are a variety of designs in use around the world: the ‘Draisine’ of Europe; ‘rail bikes’ with aluminum frames and rubber wheels; and modified road bikes with an outrigger wheel. Our custom built explorers are the latest development of this technology, and are the global leader in safety, design and ease of operation.
Who can ride the rail explorers?
Everyone! Couples young and old, groups of friends, and families of all ages and abilities can enjoy this unique experience. Check out some of the great reviews from our riders.
Can children ride the rail explorers?
Yes! The explorers are easy to ride and children are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a rider at least 16 years of age to operate the brakes. Groups of children can ride on their own explorer, provided it is coupled to an adult's explorer. For safety all riders must be secured in their own seat. The only exception is infants, who must be secured in a chest harness to an adult rider. Infants in a chest harness travel free. Younger children may not be able to reach the pedals but can be safely buckled in to enjoy the ride. We offer toddler harnesses for additional security for little explorers. It is not safe for children to be seated on your lap and this is strictly forbidden.
How do the tours work?
All the rail explorers leave at the same time, with a tour guide in the lead and a tour guide in the last explorer. The group spreads out along the track so that there is up to 500ft between you and the explorers ahead and behind. This allows each group to enjoy the freedom of the outdoors and the magic of the railroad at their own pace and in their own space.
How can I pass a slower rider?
Passing is not possible - the aim is to enjoy the journey, not to go as fast as you can. A slower rider in front means you will have more time to relax and enjoy the ride. Give other riders space - PLEASE DON'T TAILGATE!!!
What about riders coming the other way?
The tours are timed so that all explorers have reached the destination before they are turned around for the next tour.
What about TRAINS!!!?
Rail Explorers only operates on rails that do not have any train traffic. Our staff co-ordinate closely with the railroad managers and dispatchers to ensure that there are no other vehicles on the rails during our operations. In Las Vegas, the 'Southwest Ramble' tour includes a ride on one of the historic trains in the Nevada Southern Railway Museum's collection! For more information on the trains and the museum please visit https://www.nevadasouthern.com. In Rhode Island, you can combine your Rail Explorers Tour with the many train tours and experiences available on the Newport and Narragansett Bay Railroad. Enjoy an elegant dinner train experience on the Grand Bellevue, or take a ride on the Murder Mystery Train! For more information and tickets visit https://www.trainsri.com.
What if it rains?
Rail Explorers will operate rain or shine, provided it is safe to do so. Our tours run in light to moderately inclement weather, but will not run in heavy rain that is unlikely to stop, or if threatening weather appears imminent. We'll check the radar before every tour and if it looks like it's going to start pouring and rain for most of the tour, we'll cancel or delay departure until the weather passes. The exact timing and path of thunderstorms is difficult to predict, therefore a decision to cancel a tour because of a thunderstorm is typically only made 30 minutes before departure. Tours will go ahead in light rain or showers. Umbrellas are provided on every Rail Explorer and rain ponchos are available. Riders are expected to dress appropriately for the predicted weather conditions and temperatures. Tours are outdoors and the railbikes are open to the elements. Rescheduling or cancellation due to weather will only occur if Rail Explorers consider it unsafe to be on the rails. Customers who cancel due to weather are subject to our cancellation policy.
Do I have to book ahead of time or can I just show up?
Booking ahead is strongly recommended. Due to the popularity of Rail Explorers, and the limited number of seats available, many tours sell out quickly, particularly on weekends. Seats are not held in reserve for walk-ins.
Are tickets per person?
No, tickets for our regular tours are not sold per person. When you book you choose your rail explorer: either a Tandem, Quad or any combination of these, depending on how many are in your group. A Quad has 4 seats, a Tandem has 2 seats. There is no discount for empty seats. Each rider must have their own seat. It is not safe for children to be seated on your lap and this is strictly forbidden. For more information check out the explorers page. Special event tickets may be sold per person. Please check specific event details for ticket options and prices.
How much does it cost?
Tour pricing varies depending on the location. Special tours and events may be priced differently. Please check the locations page for pricing.
Can I buy a Gift Card?
Yes! Gift Cards are available on our website. After purchasing a Rail Explorers gift card you'll receive a gift code. This code can be redeemed when making a booking either online or over the phone, and the value of the gift card will be deducted from the total booking cost. Premium Tours may require additional payment. There are several delivery options for your gift code: You can choose to have the code printed on a custom gift card, delivered via post to either your own street address, or the street address of your recipient. A $5 card and postage fee applies. You can choose to have the gift code emailed to yourself as an e-card, so you can pass it on to your recipient however and whenever you wish. You can have the code emailed directly to your lucky recipient as an e-card - the email will show that the gift is from you, but will not list the price. You can add a personalised message to the recipient to go with the email. Gift cards may be used at any Rail Explorers location. Card is redeemable for purchase only. Unused value remains on card and cannot be redeemed for cash, except where required by law. Gift card purchase does not guarantee tour availability - bookings essential.
How do I get back to where I parked?
We won't leave you stranded! Return journeys are built into each tour and vary depending on the location and the tour details. Most tours are 'one way' on the explorers, and the return is via shuttle bus or train. The return journey is included in the ticket price. Some tours will offer a 'round trip' option, which means you can book a second tour to pedal back to the start instead of taking the shuttle. Round trips are offered with a 10% discount.
How long does it take?
Tour durations vary depending on the location, the type of tour and the speed of the riders. Check the tour details before you book to make sure you know how much time to allow before your next activity.
What should I wear?
Please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately for the predicted weather conditions. Tours are outdoors and the railbikes are open to the elements. Comfortable and loose fitting clothes suitable for hiking or cycling are recommended. Closed toed shoes are recommended.
What should I bring? Is there a place to put a bag or backpack?
Each rail explorer has a basket for bags and backpacks, cameras, phones or water bottles. There is also a deck under the seats where additional bags or coolers can be secured. Umbrellas are provided on all explorers in case of rain or to provide shade on hot days. During cooler temperatures some riders bring a blanket to wrap up in!
Can I bring my camera? My GoPro?
Yes! Part of the magic of riding the rails is that the experience is 'hands free' - you don't have to steer! So you have lots of opportunities to take pictures and video to capture this unique experience. Just be sure to share your pics with your friends and tag us! #RailExplorersUSA Check out what our riders are sharing on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are permitted but their safety and control is your responsibility. Riding on the railbikes may not be suitable for every dog. The ride can be noisy, and there is vibration from the rails. Dogs must be able to sit calmly on the floor of the railbike or ride in a carrier. Dogs are not permitted to be carried by the brake operator. Dogs must be restrained with a leash or harness. Many dogs have ridden with us, but space on the explorers is limited, so larger dogs may not fit comfortably and may be in danger of being struck by the pedals or pinched by the chains. For this reason there is a limit of one dog per railbike.
What about COVID? Should I wear a mask?
Please see our COVID-19 guidelines.