I didn't actually do this but the Bureau of Reclamation offers self-paced tours of the dam called The Discovery Tour with presentations and talks at strategic locations both within the dam and at the visitor centre.There can be queues and it is recommended that you allow about 2 hours if you want to go on one. Website has all the info:more
In 1931 as railroad spur was built to bring in supplies of the building of the dam. After the completion of the Dam in 1935 it was abandon. In 1962 the rail tracks were removed. Today you can walk or bicycle along the elevated railroad bed while enjoying the spectacular views of Lake Mead and the surrounding desert landscape. It was nominated in...more
Located along the route towards the dam is a road that takes you to a beautiful overlook of Lake Mead. A great place to take some wonderful photographs. There are so really helpful information plaques that talk about significant areas from the overlook.By Mail601 Nevada WayBoulder City, NV 89005By PhoneVisitor Center (Open 7 Days a Week)(702)...more
Lake Mead has plenty of wonderful boat ramps, but it is always a good idea to know which ones are open or closed. All of course according to summer and winter seasons which ramps are open or closed. Plus they have some very serious regulations and you could easily be inspected at anytime. So its always another good idea to observe this for your...more
Boulder Beach, just after the entrance station coming from The Hoover Dam, has a lakeside picnic area which is popular with local residents for a day out complete with the whole barbie kit - gas-fired BBQ, spare gas bottles, portable stereos, guitars, steaks, salads, and whatever. This is done quite seriously with the whole extended family invited....more
2 good areas for viewing- 1) Coming over the hill from Boulder City , the lake seems to pop up out of nowhere. Stop by the Lake Mead Recreation Area sign. (There is a small pulloff area there.) 2) On the way to Hoover Dam (coming from Boulder Beach), there is a viewpoint on the left side. You will have to drive up a slight hill. There will be a big...more
Young children will love the chance to feed the fish in Lake Mead. Carp are related to those cute little goldfish that swim lazily around bowls. Feeding carp is nothing at all like a pet goldfish. So make sure to buy a bag of popcorn and feed the carp. In this picture you can see the little pieces of popcorn floating on the water. I have a few more...more
We planned on camping at Boulder Beach for 3 nights.
The first day hit 109 degrees. We barely slept that night. It must have been in the high 90's. We had to get a hotel for the next 2 nights. This was in the first days of June.
Not totally a tourist trap but when you get inside the recreation area, you'll get almost same sights, rock formation, dusty road, the lake, few desert plants.
No shops nor restaurants and even a gas station.
Unique Suggestions: If you think you'll staying here for a day, better bring some food/snacks and drinks with you and stop by at any picknick area, there are tables and benches, even a fire grill ready.
Fun Alternatives: If you prefer not to bring foods, restaurant are only located at the resort....you don't have choices of resto there, It is a resort restaurant that prices quite high than any reastaurant outside the area.
When we went to the camping area we saw these group of people swimming, I think they're going to do kayak as well...they have their own kayak boat and even have personal life jackets with them.
Equipment: Within the Lake at the camping place you can go swimming at your own risk, no lifeguard around.. you can do what you want just be aware to safeness.
The scenery en route alone makes this a place worth visiting. But, if you have the time and the weather, a more in depth exploration is in order. This is definitely the place for the water enthusiast stuck in the middle of the desert and needing an aquatic fix. Fishing is extremely popular here, as are waterskiing, boating, kayaking and canoeing....more
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