Boulder City is the Gateway to lake mead and the hoover dam, US Route 93 passes by here going to Arizona and although the City itself is small, it has some attractions and is just one of the two areas of the whole of Nevada where gambling is prohibited. Boulder city was voted as one of the 25 cities all around the United States to live hance there is a number of retirees in the city from all around the United States. The city was originally constructed to provide housing for the workers of the Hoover Dam in 1932. At that time, alcohol, gambling, and the formation of unions were all strictly prohibited. To this day gambling was never made legal in Boulder City, so if you want to take a break from gambling away your money in Vegas, take a relaxing trip to this refreshing city and just hang around and enjoy.
Just around the corner of the Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge and not far at all from the Las Vegas is Hoover Dam.
Located in Black Canyon spanning the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada, about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada Hoover Dam is a testament to this country's grit to build a dam of monolithic heights during the depression no less and within some of the most inhospitable weather conditions. Thousands of men and their families flocked to this area looking for work. They found it within Black Canyon and along the beautiful Colorado River. Within five years time they accomplished in building the largest dam of its time. Still to this day, Hoover Dam still stands as a monument to those hardy souls who suffered much to accomplish their task. It is a National Historic Landmark and has been rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America's Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders. Hoover Dam weights more than 6,600,000 tons and it is 726.4 feet from foundation rock to the roadway on the crest of the dam. The towers and ornaments on the parapet rise 40 feet above the crest. Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity type, in which the water load is carried by both gravity action and horizontal arch action. The maximum water pressure at the base of the dam is 45,000 pounds per square foot. There are three and one-quarter million cubic yards of concrete. There are 4,360,000 cubic yards of concrete in the dam, powerplant and appurtenant works. This much concrete would build a monument 100 feet square and 2-1/2 miles high; would rise higher than the 1,250-foot-tall Empire State Building if placed on an ordinary city block; or would pave a standard highway 16 feet wide, from San Francisco to New York City. The first concrete for the dam was placed on June 6, 1933, and the last on May 29, 1935. Approximately 160,000 cubic yards of concrete were placed in the dam per month. Peak placements were 10,462 cubic yards in one day (including some concrete placed in the intake towers and powerplant), and slightly over 275,000 cubic yards in one month.
If or when you decide to visit Las Vegas. Not far is one of the man made wonders Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.
I don't know if how many folks in VT have visited this area, but if you visited in the 1980's it was busy. It was a major highway for traffic to get here and there from Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. I can remember the trucks trying to cross and how dangerous I thought to be a major tourist attraction with so many tourist who visit this wonderful piece of man made wonders. After 911 it changed the access dramatically with having check points before anyone enters this area and before the bypass that vehicles had to be inspected before they could cross. So, what does the highway commission decide to do? Well, build another man made wonder! It is awesome and the fact they built a walkway for us tourist to enjoy was a good idea. I guess they knew folks would try to drive across to see the dam that way.
Well, here is some advice. You will not see it very well if you try to drive and that is because of the huge concrete wall barriers they used to separate traffic from the walkway. So, just take the stroll instead to see such a beautiful view of the whole Hoover Dam and beautiful Lake Mead.
Frequently Asked Questions Q. DOES THE COLORADO RIVER BRIDGE HAVE A NAME? A. Yes, the United States Congress officially named it the “Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge” after two prominent local citizens who dedicated themselves to public service and the greater good. Mike O’Callaghan was a longtime Nevadan, former Governor, community leader, and businessman. He died in March 2004 at the age of 74. Pat Tillman graduated with honors from ASU and played professional football for the Arizona Cardinals before joining the Army. He was killed in Afghanistan in 2004 at the age of 27.
Q. WHEN WILL THE HOOVER DAM BYPASS BE FULLY COMPLETE? A. Construction of the Colorado River Bridge is now complete, and the Bypass has had traffic moving on it as of October 19, 2010. Q. WHAT IS THE BUDGET FOR THE HOOVER DAM BYPASS AND WHERE DOES THE MONEY COME FROM?
A. The design and construction budget remains unchanged at $240 million. The Colorado River Bridge construction portion of that budget is $114 million. The $240 million budget consists of $100 million in federal funds, $20 million each from the states of Arizona and Nevada, and $100 million in state bond funds. Of the approximate $130 million in bond funds ($100 million plus interest) advanced by the states of Arizona and Nevada, approximately $96.3 million has been repaid.
Q. HOW MANY PHASES OF CONSTRUCTION HAVE OCCURRED ON THE BYPASS?
A. There have been six distinct, yet overlapping, phases of Bypass construction: Relocation of portions of the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) transmission system and switchyard Arizona approach – 2 miles of bypass roadway Nevada approach – 3 miles of bypass roadway Colorado River Bridge Interim surfacing of Bypass Final surfacing and roadway tie-ins
Q. WHAT ARE SOME KEY FACTS ABOUT THE COLORADO RIVER BRIDGE?
A. The arch span is 1,060 feet long The Bridge is 1,900 feet long The Bridge deck and sidewalk is located approximately 900 feet above the Colorado River The Bridge is located approximately 1,500 feet south of the Hoover Dam Q. WILL THERE BE A SIDEWALK ON THE COLORADO RIVER BRIDGE?
A. Yes, it is located on the north side of the Bridge for optimum viewing of the Hoover Dam. The sidewalk is part of the pedestrian and visitor amenities, which include a parking lot, trail, and interpretive plaza. From the web site:http://www.hooverdambypass.org/faq.htm
I have seen both of the rims of the Grand Canyon and in my own experience, I like the North Rim than the South Rim! I was in Grand Canyon in 1990, in the North Rim to watch the sunrise. It was an experience of a lifetime!The Grand Canyon lit up like there was fire all over the horizon and it was beautiful and exhilirating...
Last year, I was on the South Rim. It is also beautiful. But, not equally as beautiful as the North Rim.
I heard about the helicopter ride. I have not experienced that because it was kind of expensive for us as a family. But, I am sure, when you take the helicopter ride that you will enjoy both the north and the south rims!
Nevada has at least three Red Rock Canyons; two are in sections of the Toiyabe National Forest near the center of the state but by far the most well-known is location is along the east side of the Spring Mountains - one of the ranges of hills that surround Las Vegas in most directions.
Just five miles from the edge of the city, the flat land rises to a great colorful escarpment, formed along a fault zone (the Keystone Thrust) with peaks over 8,000 feet, and including huge cliffs and ravines composed of bands of grey, white and red sandstone, all heavily eroded. The wide empty plains beneath the hills are studded with Joshua trees and other plants typical of the Mojave Desert, contributing to a most impressive spectacle.
I booked this trip before travelling from the UK online. It was a really good day out from start to finish. The coach guide was superb and gave a lot of information on the way to the Canyon. The coach was very comfortable and the whole booking experience was easy and hassle free.
The Grand Canyon was awesome. The 2 1/2 mile walk around the rim was easy and disabled friendly. Everyone visiting Las Vegas should try and get to the Canyon as it is a special site to take in and one i will not forget. The coach trip was very long but well worth the effort. There are easier and quicker ways to get there but it was nice learning about all the places along the way on the coach. The IMAX film was ok. It was nothing special but added to the day.
You don't have to go to the East Coast, to see the beautiful Change of Autumn Colors, because it's right here in our Las Vegas Desert's backyard! Up Highway 14, just East of Cedar City, is a 29-mile-drive through the most interesting terrain and topography, you'll ever experience in the world. Bring your A.T.V. in the Summer and your Ski Mobiles in the Winter to Duck Creek Village and Strawberry Point. There's Lake Navajo Fishing, surrounded by black LAVA FLOWS; Log Cabins for overnight visitors at Duck Creek Village; Horse Riding in the Summer; Brian Head skiing, in the Winter; "hoo-doo's" that remind you of Bryce Canyon Park; Majestic mountain views, -on a clear day you can see the top of Zion; old volcano spills on the side of the roads; tall pine trees lining a black-top winding road; you just want to pull over at every pull-out drive, in order to take in the views! Some curves take you along tall boulders in a well carved river canyon that is just breath-taking! Watch out for falling rocks as the Winter Snow in 2009, dropped large boulders which came crashing down and closed the highway road (Hwy 14) until the work crew were able to blast and remove all the debri and all the many toppled trees!
At the top of the gorgeous 29-mile-drive is Mirror Lake, and Duck Creek Village, where you can shop, eat, rest, sleep, see some real estate chalets, participate in yearly festivals and get some gasoline, if you drove up straight through from Las Vegas. To continue further past Duck Creek Village, you won't need a map to find the street sign to Strawberry Point, 2 miles ahead at the open meadows clearing, and turn Right ( West), to a dirt road dotted with lovely log cabins tucked away behind mature evergreen trees for the next straight 6.5 miles; until it turns to the south into a widing sinouous-snake road where you'll find a view only short of the Grand Canyon North Rim! Yes! You've reached Strawberry Point, and the miles of sky and red rocks and forested mountain views and lakes, will make such a grand color contrast for your eyes that you'll feel as if you're chewing up candy for the brain! Well worth the car wash to remove the red dust that sticks to the framework of your vehicle. If you own a 4-wheel drive; the better. Just don't come in early Springtime. The meadow flowers, the cows and sheep grazing thinks it's wonderful but since the snow is melting, you don't want to get stuck in the red mud!
You will find several ATV trails ( you can Rent ATV's or Snow mobiles, in Duck Creek Village ), all around as the local "Fire Roads" keep them pretty well carved, considering the weather. There are many cabins tucked into the hills and I heard from the locals that most of them are retirees from the Las Vegas Area! Gee... I couldn't think of a better place to retire, myself. When the harsh and un-plowed winter months come about, we can leave The Edge of the World ( 9,000+ feet elevation), because I don't "do" snow-mobiles, and travel the rest of the world. BUT we'd be missing some lovely sunsets at Zion View Mountain Estates' cliff-side, I can tell you. The sky is a never ending art canvas, as the clouds roll by. Fire, rain and evening lightning storms are seen from a safe and grand distance, atop Zion View. Christmas is lovely with snow covered pine trees against the deep blue skies.
The meadows are filled with birds, tiny chipmunk, numerous deer and antelope, as eagles and hawks soar the skies above. There is no hunting near this pristine Dixie National Forest /Residential Area, but there is a lot of dry firewood from fallen trees you can gather and take home for the fireplace. The Sheriff and his team are known for keeping a good watch with vigilant roadside checks for "undesirables"... but frankly, I think the local folks are pretty good at "keeping an eye out for each other or any trouble-makers". Good neighbors are found on all the trails, willing to help anyone in need, up here, in these "hills." It seems everybody knows who lives in their area, able to identify their vehicles from a distance, and WHO, has visitors overnight! After all, this is a great quiet family-oriented area, as the wind frequently carries children's joyous laughter across the fields. What a delight to hear! All human senses are awaken here. Another place you hate to leave and love to go back to.
An intertesting place to visit. In the south desert of Death valley CA. A very old , family run farm wiith a vbast variety of dates grown on site. They use old jerseys to keep pests off the dates as they ripen. You can get dates and various breads and stuff at the store.
There are a few great Pow Wows scheduled around Las Vegas. An outstanding experience. The culture, the dance tradition and some ethnic food all for a unique experience. It is best to google "vegas pow wow " to find the current dates . They are in Vegas area and in Paruhmp.
A preserve are north of Mt Charleston. A small community near where the small herd of wild horses are easy to approach. They are not frightened by vehicles and some are pretty tame. Some even beg for treats
This is an famous old mining area .. Eldorado Canyon .. The town, general store, and mione are just a bit south of Las Vegas. A good drive to a great old mining area. You can join a tour of the old mine at the store. If you continue thru town, you will come to an overlook on the Colorado River. Deep blue water, great place for a picnic lunch.
There are many and varied petroglyphs at Grapevine Canyon. It is a conservation area sdouth of the city. You park and walk in on a relatively flat approach. The entrance to the canyon is lined with a great number of wonderfull petroglyphs. You can walk right up to most of them. PLEASE do not deface this area ..it is not fenced off and is a treat to be able to see them so close. .. If anyone needs more detail , please post here.
I went to the coca-cola bottle on the strip to book. The lady there is just brilliant. She booked us with Maverick. Everything was totaly organised. They picked us up from the Hotel+dropped us back. It was the best experience of my life.We went in the morning+got a champayne breakfast when we landed on the Canyon. A must if you're heading to Vagus.
Don't miss Old Nevada if you have a car, its campy and fun, been around forever www.bonniesprings.com.
We were there 15 years ago and the cab driver told us this time they had been closed for years. Not so! They're still there and it's still a lot of fun. The restraunt is great too!
Hans and I have done this a couple of times and not everyone knows about it. You can TAKE THE SAM'S TOWN FREE SHUTTLE. Why? you ask!!! The Casino has a nice Family atmosphere. It has (had!) an absolutely wonderful Buffet. If you look in the Las Vegas magazines you will find a coupon for "FREE $10.00 Slot PLay" when you play $20.00. Sign up for your Free Prime Rewards Membership Card to receive your FREE Slot Play.
Sam's Town Shuttle Stops:
Harrah's Las Vegas
Tropicana Resort & Casino
Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon