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The Short Loop (also referred to as the Little Loop) is a trade route that traverses through several towns in California and Nevada, primarily connecting New Vegas and the Boneyard.[1][2]


Short Loop, contrary to its name, is one of the larger trade routes in the American Southwest. It connects New Vegas and the Boneyard, while also passing through Sac-Town and New Reno[3] in the north. The trail leads through several hundred miles of solid desert, making water a precious commodity. Its scarcity is one of the reasons why Hub-backed caps became the standard currency of the wastes once more in the late 23rd century: NCR merchants back their caps with water, sold to caravans traveling the Short Loop.[1] Private Jeremy Watson's father worked on the route as a caravan guard. This fact is mentioned by President Aaron Kimball in his speech to the troops at Hoover Dam.[4]


The Short Loop is mentioned only in Fallout: New Vegas and in its add-on Honest Hearts.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 J.E. Sawyer: "Traders from the Mojave travel the Short Loop into NCR, which means that they have to go through a few hundred miles of solid desert. Carrying enough water to travel from New Vegas to the Boneyard (or vice versa) would undercut cargo capacity significantly. Even the communities around the Mojave Wasteland (other than New Vegas itself) have water brought in and stored in local towers. Of course, the Colorado River is nearby as long as you don't mind walking through an active war zone."
    (Something Awful Forums)
  2. The Courier: "Tell me about Happy Trails Caravan Company."
    Jed Masterson: "We're a smaller company out of Sac-Town, up in the northern part of the NCR. We run some business through New Reno, there on the "Little Loop." Had a nice run to Salt Lake City, too - but then we lost contact with New Canaan, and that went all to hell."
    (Jed Masterson dialogue)
  3. J.E. Sawyer: "Yes." in response to, "How does the Hub 'back' caps? Can you exchange a certain number of caps for a standard measure of water?"
    (Something Awful Forums)
  4. President Kimball: "Born in a tin shack on the outskirts of One Pine, Jeremy Watson never had it easy. His father worked as a caravan guard on the Short Loop, and his mother, like many Californians, braved the ruins of the Old World as a prospector."
    (President Kimball dialogue)