I know there are quite a few trails around the valley and in the surrounding mountains because I've used some of them. Summerlin has several miles of them, Mount Charleston is famous for a few tough ones, Red Rock Canyon offers really nice and scenic routes, as does the Lake Mead area. But they are sort of scattered here and there and in many cases lack any inter-connections.
To try to improve the fractured trail network and to build it to meet the future needs of its residents, some valley enthusiasts decided to organize a high-powered meeting between local, state and federal folks. This kind of thing has been penciled in before on many a calendar, but continually failed to become a reality. Now it happened, though. The Outside Las Vegas Foundation and a few other groups hosted a summit recently at the Springs Preserve to hold deep trail discussions to everyone's delight. Including me.
Those at the meeting were exploring how best to use the money they already have to build an integrated trail system. If you noticed, the money is there. What usually happens is it's the other way around. No money. See, when federally-owned land is auctioned off in Southern Nevada, the proceeds by law stay here and are designated to go towards parks, trails and preservation of natural areas. Over $1 billion has been put aside for those purposes and so far only about 20% of it has been spent. You might ask; what are they waiting for?
The big picture has present and future trails, whether built by developers on private tracts or laid on public lands, combined into one large grid covering the entire valley. The ever-growing population here would then have an incentive to rely less on fossil-fuel burning transportation emitting greenhouse gases. And it'd be an open invitation for everyone to go out and exercise. Now the planners just have to find a suitable balance between the continuously rapid development in Southern Nevada and improving the quality of life for the residents.