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    Lake Mead National Recreationn Area

    by machomikemd Written Nov 15, 2013
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    If you are taking US Route 93 bypass road going to the Hoover Dam, there is a small round about road there that leads to a vista point overlooking Lake Mead.

    lake mead is a man made lake as a consequence of Making the Hoover Dam and is the largest reservoir of water in the United States and is part of the Colorado River, is located about about 30 mi (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, in the states of Nevada and Arizona and it extends for 112 miles beyond the Hoover Dam. It was named after Elwood Mead and the Lake has become one of the landmarks in visiting Southern Nevada area and in the lake, there are various things to do and water activities such as fishing, boating, sailing and other water sports.

    There are nine main access points to the lake. On the west are three roads from the Las Vegas metropolitan area (of which US route 93 is the fastest route). Access from the northwest from Interstate 15 is through Valley of Fire State Park and the Moapa River Indian Reservation to the Overton arm of the lake. Lake Mead offers many types of recreation to locals and visitors. Boating is the most popular. Additional activities include fishing, water skiing, swimming and sunbathing. There are five marinas on the lake: Forever Resorts at Callville Bay, Echo Bay, and Temple Bar Marina; and Las Vegas Boat Harbor.

    The Lake Mead Visitor Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

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    Arizona Vista Point of Hoover Dam

    by machomikemd Written Nov 15, 2013

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    this was the main stopover of the various Grand Canyon Day Tours from las vegas who pass by hoover dam for the Photo and Video Stops and is still is, but the road traffic is less nowadays since the Mike o'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge wasw opened.

    Boulder Dam or HOOVER DAM, is a concrete gravity-arch dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada (it also acts the border between the Pacific Standard Time and Rocky Mountain Standard Time!) The dam is located 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, and is named after Herbert Hoover.Construction began in 1931 and was completed in 1935. The dam and the power plant are operated by the Bureau of Reclamation of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, Hoover Dam was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.

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    Nevada-Arizona Time Towers

    by machomikemd Written Nov 15, 2013
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    Nevada is at Pacific Standard Time (PST) while Arizona is on Rocky Mountain Time (RMT) so that there will be a time difference of 1 hour once you cross the bridge from Nevada to Arizona but since Arizona don't follow the Daylight Savings Time, when you visit the hoover dam during the Daylight Savings Time Periods (from early march to late october) the Arizona time and Nevada Time will both be the same. You cannot go inside the towers but you can take pictures with your zoom cameras and videos outside.

    The Visitors Center:

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    Parking Garage: Open 8:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m.,

    Visitor Center: Open 9:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m. Tickets sold until 5:15 p.m. The Hoover Dam Visitor Center is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    ADMISSION FEES: Parking fee: $8.00 (cash only), Adults (Ages 17-61) $15.00, Seniors (62+) $12.00, Juniors (Ages 7-16) $8.00, U.S. Military and Dependents (Adults & Seniors) $12.00
    Children (Ages 0-6) Free

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    Walking Along Hoover Dam

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    Boulder Dam or HOOVER DAM, is a concrete gravity-arch dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada (it also acts the border between the Pacific Standard Time and Rocky Mountain Standard Time!) The dam is located 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, and is named after Herbert Hoover.Construction began in 1931 and was completed in 1935. The dam and the power plant are operated by the Bureau of Reclamation of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, Hoover Dam was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.

    Lake Mead is the reservoir created behind the dam, named after Elwood Mead, who oversaw the construction of the dam. Hoover Dam serves as a crossing for U.S. Route 93 but more than that, It is an attraction in it's own right.

    OPERATING HOURS:Parking Garage: Open 8:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m., Visitor Center: Open 9:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m. Tickets sold until 5:15 p.m. The Hoover Dam Visitor Center is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    ADMISSION FEES: Parking fee: $7.00 (cash only), Adults (Ages 17-61) $11.00, Seniors (62+) $9.00, Juniors (Ages 7-16) $6.00, U.S. Military and Dependents (Adults & Seniors) $9.00
    Children (Ages 0-6) Free

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    Mike-O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Vista Point

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    The bridge also has good vista points on viewing the Hoover dam from the pedestrian walkway in it but you would walk a long way up to a hill to be able to view it and it also has a mini museum on the history and constuction of the bridge.

    The Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge which is a Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, was started in 2005 and finished in in October 19, 2010. It was intended to be a bypass bridge to lessen the bottleneck at Hoover Dam going to Arizona via US Route 93 since the hoover dam has only has 2 lanes. The Bridge is an all weather, multi-lane archway type of bridge, spanning 890 feet high / 271 meters high1,060 foot span / 323 meter length. It is the second highest bridge in the United States. The bridge was officially named the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tilman Memorial bridge in 2004. Mike O’Callaghan was a former Nevada Governor from 1971 to 1979 and later became an editor of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper. Pat Tillman was an Arizona State University graduate who left a lucrative NFL football career to join the Army in 2002. He was killed in Afghanistan from a friendly fire incident in April of 2004 at the age of 27.

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    Mike-O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

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    The Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge which is a Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, was started in 2005 and finished in in October 19, 2010. It was intended to be a bypass bridge to lessen the bottleneck at Hoover Dam going to Arizona via US Route 93 since the hoover dam has only has 2 lanes. The Bridge is an all weather, multi-lane archway type of bridge, spanning 890 feet high / 271 meters high1,060 foot span / 323 meter length. It is the second highest bridge in the United States. The bridge was officially named the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tilman Memorial bridge in 2004. Mike O’Callaghan was a former Nevada Governor from 1971 to 1979 and later became an editor of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper. Pat Tillman was an Arizona State University graduate who left a lucrative NFL football career to join the Army in 2002. He was killed in Afghanistan from a friendly fire incident in April of 2004 at the age of 27.

    The bridge also has good vista points on viewing the Hoover dam from the pedestrian walkway in it but you would walk a long way up to a hill to be able to view it ( will have separate pictures of it)

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    Hoover Dam Visitors Center

    by machomikemd Written Nov 15, 2013
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    This hoover dam tips will be more pictures in and around the Hoover Dam Parking lot and the Visitors Center.

    The Vistors Center:

    OPERATING HOURS:

    Parking Garage: Open 8:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m.,

    Visitor Center: Open 9:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m. Tickets sold until 5:15 p.m. The Hoover Dam Visitor Center is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    ADMISSION FEES: Parking fee: $8.00 (cash only), Adults (Ages 17-61) $15.00, Seniors (62+) $12.00, Juniors (Ages 7-16) $8.00, U.S. Military and Dependents (Adults & Seniors) $12.00
    Children (Ages 0-6) Free

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    Hoover Dam with Pat Tillman Bridge Pictures

    by machomikemd Written Nov 15, 2013
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    This will be my pictures of the hoover dam with the now finished O'Callaghan-Tillman Bridge Bypass which was started in 2005 and finished in in October 19, 2010.

    Boulder Dam or HOOVER DAM, is a concrete gravity-arch dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada (it also acts the border between the Pacific Standard Time and Rocky Mountain Standard Time!) The dam is located 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, and is named after Herbert Hoover.Construction began in 1931 and was completed in 1935. The dam and the power plant are operated by the Bureau of Reclamation of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, Hoover Dam was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.

    Lake Mead is the reservoir created behind the dam, named after Elwood Mead, who oversaw the construction of the dam. Hoover Dam serves as a crossing for U.S. Route 93 but more than that, It is an attraction in it's own right.

    OPERATING HOURS:Parking Garage: Open 8:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m., Visitor Center: Open 9:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m. Tickets sold until 5:15 p.m. The Hoover Dam Visitor Center is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    ADMISSION FEES: Parking fee: $7.00 (cash only), Adults (Ages 17-61) $11.00, Seniors (62+) $9.00, Juniors (Ages 7-16) $6.00, U.S. Military and Dependents (Adults & Seniors) $9.00
    Children (Ages 0-6) Free

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    Hoover Dam Pre Pat Tillman Bridge Pictures

    by machomikemd Written Nov 15, 2013
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    This will be a hoover dam multi tips with more pictures of around the Hoover dam circa 2005 and my revisit in 2011 and this is the first, with the backbround without the still not started Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge which is a Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, which was started in 2005 and finished in in October 19, 2010.

    Boulder Dam or HOOVER DAM, is a concrete gravity-arch dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada (it also acts the border between the Pacific Standard Time and Rocky Mountain Standard Time!) The dam is located 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, and is named after Herbert Hoover.Construction began in 1931 and was completed in 1935. The dam and the power plant are operated by the Bureau of Reclamation of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, Hoover Dam was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.

    Lake Mead is the reservoir created behind the dam, named after Elwood Mead, who oversaw the construction of the dam. Hoover Dam serves as a crossing for U.S. Route 93 but more than that, It is an attraction in it's own right.

    OPERATING HOURS:Parking Garage: Open 8:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m., Visitor Center: Open 9:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m. Tickets sold until 5:15 p.m. The Hoover Dam Visitor Center is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    ADMISSION FEES: Parking fee: $7.00 (cash only), Adults (Ages 17-61) $11.00, Seniors (62+) $9.00, Juniors (Ages 7-16) $6.00, U.S. Military and Dependents (Adults & Seniors) $9.00
    Children (Ages 0-6) Free

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    Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

    by Africancrab Written Aug 28, 2012
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    There are not enough words to describe the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge constructed over the Hoover Dam, well over the Colorado river. For years, I traveld to and from Las Vegas, crossed the dam, and there was construction going on. I believe in three years, I saw the bridge progress each time. The last time I had gone past the dam was a little over a year. Today I was amazed to find it completed.The bridge is also called the Hoover dam Bypass.

    Coming in from Arizona, there is no access to the dam anymore, except over the bridge. One must go over the bridge then make a right turn loop back to the dam at an almost 35 degree slop. The bridge was officially opened in October 2010,and became the second highest in the United States.

    Highly recommended.

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    Hoover Dam

    by Africancrab Written Aug 28, 2012
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    Hoover Dam is one of the top 100 Wonders of the World. Located between Arizona and Nevada, it is a straddle for the Colorado River, a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the River. An engineering and architectural wonder it was the world's largest dam in 1930 when it was constructed. It is a Historic landmark and one of the most visited structures in the United States.
    After the September 11 tragedy of 2001, the security of the dam became heightened. Nothing to be feared, it’s nothing like boarding a plane security. In late 2010 the construction of a bypass bridge over the dam began. The bridge was to divert the overwhelming traffic away from the dam. The original two way highway crossing the dam could no longer handle that much traffic.

    With a little over 3500 visitors daily, you could say the traffic is great. But is it also an income bringer to the state of Nevada. If you are driving in from Las Vegas, getting there is easy. Just take Tropicana Avenue to US highway 515 south, this turns into Interstate 93 South which leads directly to the dam. The drive is scenic and dramatic giving way to sudden rise at Boulder city to reveal Lake Mead. Keep your cameras out; this is a great photo op. From here on, the rise and drop into the canyon of the dam is without a doubt one of the most scenic and photo perfect.

    In the last two years since the beginning of the construction of the bridge, I have crossed the dam three times; this time around the bridge was complete.

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    Drive Through Lake Mead Recreation Area

    by lisa85202 Written Mar 25, 2012

    I drove through Lake Mead Recreation Area from Boulder City back to Las Vegas, up Lakshore Rd on the West side of the Lake. I then drove down Lake Mead Pkwy back through Henderson to the freeway into Vegas.

    I did pay a $10 fee for the day- even though I was just passing through.

    I enjoyed the quiet time to myself and stopped at many of the lake overlooks to enjoy the views.

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    Walk over Hoover Dam

    by lisa85202 Written Mar 25, 2012
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    I was too late on a Sunday afternoon, and missed the last tour of the Hoover Dam. I will plan that for next time. It is, however, a great place to walk around and enjoy the views of the Colorado River and view the bypass bridge.

    If you park at the covered parking garage at the visitor center, it will cost $7. For free parking, drive over the dam to the Arizona side. Up the hill are a couple of free parking lots.

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    Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge (Co

    by lisa85202 Written Mar 25, 2012
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    This Bridge on Highway 93 cross over the dam and the Colorado River, so that you now bypass the 2-lane road and traffic jam over the dam when travelling between Nevada and Arizona. From Hoover dam, the view of the bridge is spectacular! While driving over the bridge, you can't hardly tell you are on it!

    Great information about the construction of the project can be found here: http://www.hooverdambypass.org/

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    The O'Callaghan- Tillman Memorial Bridge

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated Sep 23, 2011

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    Located just a few hundred yards from the Hoover Dam, the Mike O'Callaghan/ Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge is an extraordinary structure. The bridge was just completed in October of 2010 and was intended to divert traffic that currently goes over Hoover Dam to a quicker and less "terrorist friendly," route. It stands nearly 900 feet above the Colorado River below. The bridge connects the states of Arizona and Nevada. The structure is 1,900 feet long and is intended to reroute traffic that formerly went over the Hoover Dam.

    O'Callahagn/Tillman is the seventh highest bridge in the world and the second highest bridge in the United States. Only one bridge in Colorado is higher.

    The bridge took over 1,200 laborers and 300 engineers to complete. Its support arch at 1,050 feet is the longest arch in the Western Hemisphere.

    The bridge is named named after Mike O’Callaghan, a Korean War veteran and former governor of Nevada. It was also named after American hero Pat Tillman, an Arizona Cardinals football player who gave up a multi-million dollar career at the NFL to fight in Afghanistan against the Taliban. Pat Tillman was allegedly killed by friendly fire in on April 2004.

    Walking The Pedestrian Access on the Bridge

    One of the most exciting things about the bridge is the pedestrian access. Receiving access from a parking lot below, a series of stairs, with stop posts explaining the bridge construction, lead you up to a sidewalk. The sidewalk, located on the dam side of the bridge, takes you across nearly 900 feet or some 60 stories above the Colorado River. The views are absolutely phenomenal. The day I went, which was in April, the winds were so strong it almost felt that I was going to be blown down into the canyon. However the sidewalk or pedestrian access feels very firm. However the walk across is definitely not for the faint hearted.

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