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 Elyse Jolly at 775-684-2775 or

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 2023, following the annual meeting and evaluation of proposed projects.

View the tenative list of 2024 RTP Grant Awards. The final awards list may vary slightly depending on the 2024 budget apportionment from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). For those applicants receiving an award, our grants staff will contact you in the near future to work out the details of the RTP agreement and NEPA/NHPA clearances. Please note that the grant approval process may take several months due to budget and approval delays at the state and federal levels. We will send follow-up emails updating awardees on the anticipated timeline once more is known.

After thoughtful and lengthy discussions, based on advice provided by the RTP AC, NDSP has decided to re-open the motorized grant round for new applications, with more information coming soon.  While the provided applications were eligible for funding, the RTP AC would like to see most motorized funds going towards on the ground projects vs staff time. 

Training materials are available on the ftp site:
Username: Parks_ftp
Password: Parks@4321
Public/NDSP WebGrants Training 7.26.2023

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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