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October 20, 2014

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Part of hiking trail near Hoover Dam closed till Sept. 29

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Richard Brian

A small group of hikers walk through the tunnels at the Historic Railroad Trail at Lake Mead on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008. The route to the Hoover Dam was a government-owned trail used for carting materials to build the historic landmark 24 hours a day.

A section of the 3.7-mile historic Railroad Tunnel Trail near the Hoover Dam is closed until Sept. 29 so crews can reseal the Hoover Dam Parking Garage.

The quarter-mile segment was closed on Tuesday. The closure will prevent hikers from reaching the dam from the trail, Lake Mead National Recreation Area National Park Service spokeswoman Christie Vanover said.

The trail spans from Lakeshore Road to the Hoover Dam Parking Garage, and takes hikers through a series of former train tunnels that were last used in 1961. It is the last remaining section of the Hoover Dam railroad system that isn’t damaged or underwater.

Vanover said the rest of the trail is still open.

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