Recreational Trails Program

Recreational Trails Program project - Incline Flume Trail

The Nevada Division of State Parks administers grant funds from the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Approximately $1.2 million in funding was awarded for the 2022 fiscal year. The program funds motorized, non-motorized, and educational recreational trail projects for federal, state, and local governments, American tribes, special government districts and private individuals and organizations. Previous projects have included the Kershaw-Ryan Mountain Bike Trails, the Tamarack Lake Trail, Outdoor Ethics and the Elko SnoBowl Trail System. For further information or questions, please contact Heather Giger at 775-684-2784 or

Call for Recreational Trails Program Project Pre-applications

CARSON CITY, NV – Nevada Division of State Parks is currently accepting grant project pre-applications in anticipation of the 2023 Federal Highway Administration funding of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Submittal of a pre-application is required to determine project eligibility. Eligible pre-applicants will be encouraged to submit full funding proposals in the fall of 2022. 

RTP funding may be awarded to counties, municipalities, state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and Native American tribal governments for the purpose of constructing and/or maintaining motorized and non-motorized outdoor recreational trails, trailhead amenities, and trailside signage. Funds can also be used to support outdoor education programs and eligible project planning and clearance activities. Previous RTP projects have included the development of the Flume Trailhead parking area in Washoe County, construction of the Capital to Tahoe Trail near Carson City, design and printing of Lincoln County Development Authority Trail Brochures, and environmental resource surveys for the Las Vegas Loop OHV Trail. 

RTP funding is limited to approximately $1.2 million per year. Allocation of funds will be competitively determined by the RTP Advisory Committee and State Parks Administration in December 2022, following the annual meeting and evaluation of proposed projects.

Pre-applications may only be submitted through the State Parks Online Grant Portal, located at Paper copy or e-mail submissions will not be accepted. 

Pre-applications are due Monday, August 22, 2022. Contact Heather Giger, Park & Recreation Program Manager, at 775-684-2784 or, with any questions related to RTP pre-applications or to request additional information.

View the list of the 2022 Recreational Trails Program Awards.

All future applications and grant management actions will now take place through the WebGrants Portal.

Training materials are available in the ftp folder.

For information on Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) registration, visit the Department of Motor Vehicles or visit the Off-Highway Vehicle Program for information on its grant program.


Elyse Jolly
Park and Recreation Program Manager/State Trails Administrator
(775) 684-2775

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