Arrowhead Trail (1914-1924)
Original Date Visited: 3/16/09
Into the Valley of Fire
The SHPO chose a great spot for this marker by locating it right in the middle of some of the state's loveliest scenery. Yes. This is a state park so you will have to pay an entrance fee. The most popular route into the park happens by way of park's west entrance on the Valley of Fire Road. Use the Crystal exit (Exit 75) off I-15 then south on SR 169 for 13 miles.
If you're up for a longer and more leisurely route, you can find it from Henderson by following the Lake Mead Parkway (SR 564) into Lake Mead NRA. Here, you can follow the scenic Northshore Drive right to the eastern entrance to Valley of Fire. Keep in mind that you'll still need to pay an entrance fee to take this route through the NRA. Northshore is an interesting alternative to the boring 15 freeway and well recommended if you have the time! By going this way you can also conquer  Powell of the Colorado at Echo Bay without having to double back from Valley of Fire. Choose whichever route you like, but you will be treated to something special. Have a great trip!
Las Vegans claimed to be the originators of this all-weather route between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. From the beginning, the Arrowhead Trail was a "grassroots" effort including promotion by the various Chambers of Commerce and volunteer construction by local citizens. However, it was Charles H. Bigelow, from Los Angeles, who gave it great publicity. During 1915 and 1916 he drove the entire route many times in his Twin-Six Packard "Cactus Kate."
The trail, as seen behind you, was built in 1915 and completed the section between St. Thomas and Las Vegas.
Related Links & Markers:
 -- Arrowhead Trail II Valley of Fire (Nevada State Parks) St. Thomas & Lake Mead Nat'l Rec. Area (NPS)
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