Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, Las Vegas

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    Monument to those who worked on the dam
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    Don't skateboard down this!
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    View of Lake Mead
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    LAte afternoon in Lake Mead

    by davesut Written Jan 30, 2014
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    After the Hoover Dam experience we got into Lake Mead, we had wanted to go on the paddle steamer ride but got there too late, you need to get there around 2pm for that.

    First you have to pay to get into the area, that appears standard for national parks and recreation grounds in USA.

    We headed for the marina for a bite to eat in the restaurant, enjoyed looking at the rather large fish feeding on scraps thrown into the water and contemplated our next move. "Come on," I said, "Let's get the swimming togs on." We drove to one of the beach areas and went for a dip. Now I use the term beach loosely, there is no shoreline as such, it's just a load of baked mud and my there is no shade whatsoever. Many of the 50 or so people who were there had brought their own sun shade. We just got changed and got in the water to cool down. I say cool down but this was the warmest water that I have EVER swam in. Mrs Sut said she had experienced something similar in a hot spring in Turkey many years ago but my it was hot. We were swimming round trying to find a cool bit. Great fun all the same. Around 6pm a bunch of locals arrived for an evening dip, must be great to be able to do that every day.

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    One of America's greatest engineering feats!

    by HispanicYob Written Jan 7, 2014
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    Built between 1931-1935, Hoover Dam stands as one of America's greatest engineering accomplishments. It has provided flood control, irrigation, drinking water and power to this part of the American Southwest. It's something you need to see! 3.25 million cubic yards of concrete and about 726 feet high! It's definitely a marvel and a testament to hard work and human endurance!

    Up until my January 2014 visit, it had been many years since my first visit to Hoover Dam. I had first come through here around 2003 with my family on our way to Las Vegas. I barely remember that trip to be honest. So, with one of my cruise ship buddies, who had never been, it was a good excuse to return! It was a nice, mild day. The crowds weren't too bad and manageable. It was a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. The drive isn't very far from Vegas, a little over 45 minutes give or take traffic. For me, that's the equivalent from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. It's not far at all. If you don't rent a car and go on your own, there's plenty of areas on The Strip where you can ask about and purchase tours. Our trip didn't involve any tours of any sort. Only to sightsee. But tours can also be purchased at the dam itself if you drive out to Hoover Dam.

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    Hoover Dam

    by WBeall Written Jan 16, 2013

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    The Hoover Dam is super close to LV. It is only about a 30 min drive. If you have about 4 hours in the middle of your day I would highly suggest taking a drive to hoover dam. You can take a tour of the inside of the Dam and learn how it was built. It is just fascinating.

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    Abandon the Noise and Bustle for a Day!

    by lmkluque Updated Dec 21, 2012

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    While in Las Vegas take a side trip out to Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Hoover Dam.
    There are camping, boating and picnicing facilities at Lake Mead as well as open areas along the shore to stop for a picnic or a swim. Stop at the visitor's center and find out about the ruins of St. Thomas.

    Interesting tours of Hoover Dam are offered and it is possible to walk from the state of Nevada to the state of Arizona along the wall of the dam.

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    Trip to Hoover Dam

    by kris-t Updated Dec 8, 2012

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    Hoover Dam was built between 1931 and 1936 in the Black Canyon, 726 feet (220 m) above the Colorado River and in 1947 named after America's 31st president Herbert Hoover.

    We had only 15-minute Hoover Dam photo stop on our way to the Grand Canyon West Rim. Hope one day we will be back for more. It's well worth a special visit.

    If you would like to spend more time there and see the Hoover Dam in detail, you can book the Ultimate Hoover Dam Tour (6.5-hour trip: Government's Power Plant Tour + Government's Visitor Center and Exhibit Tour +A Walk on the Top), or Super Hoover Dam Express Tour (4.5-hour trip: 45-minute walking tour over the top of the Dam + Government's Visitor Center and Exhibit Tour).

    More than 13 different tours are available, from 'Hoover Dam Exotic Car Tour' to 'Hoover Dam Mountain Bike Tour', from 'Hoover Dam Express' to 'Hoover Dam Deluxe & Cruise'.

    For those who travel by car:
    Notes:
    - Hoover Dam is located in a desert climate. It is extremely hot in the summer.
    - Power Plant Tours are not recommended for anyone who suffers from claustrophobia, or has a pacemaker or defibrillator (because of electromagnetic frequencies).
    - Pedestrians are prohibited from the top of the dam during hours of darkness.
    - Trafic around the dam during holidays and weekends can be extremely heavy.
    - Due to maintenance issues, Hoover Dam Power Plant tours may not always be available.
    - Stopping on top of the dam in any vehicle is prohibited.
    - All vehicles attempting to cross the dam are subject to inspection.
    - Dam Power Plant Tour tickets must be purchased in person and are on a first-come first-served basis.
    - No children under the age of 8.

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    see the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon

    by xymmot Written Jun 28, 2012

    You can go to the Hoover Dam on your own with buses or a rental car. GC by heilcopter or plane fly you into the North rim I think? I took those tours many years ago, but it is not like driving to the canyon to the South Rim. there is a bus tour that starts at 700am and takes you to hoover and the south rim 5hours going and 5 hours back. return by 930pm. it's a all day affair, but you see everything, and the best of. here is the link:::http://www.grandcanyontours.com/bussouth.html regardless, it is a site to behold anywhere you go.

    cheers tommy x

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    The Hoover Dam tour

    by Benson35 Written Feb 5, 2012

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    When you travel to the Grand Canyon by coach, most will stop at a view-point for the Hoover Dam. You can see that it is a magnificent structure just by looking, but by booking a tour, you get taken into the depths of the Dam. It is really very interesting.

    It is a guided tour of the workings within the Dam. The tour guide explains how the Dam works and what kind of up-keep it needs. You are also told some really interesting information about the construction of the Dam and the people that were involved.

    The cool thing is that in the middle of the Hooevr Dam, is the state line between Nevada and Arizona. There is a plaque saying this at the exact point, so if you so wished, you could stand with half of your body in Nevada and the other half in Arizona!! I did LOL!

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    Hoover Dam Tour

    by Agraichen Updated Dec 4, 2011

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    I've toured the Hoover Dam a number of times over the years and while some remains the same, the tours for me just get better. The years when you were not allowed into the dam itself were not as good and much depends on the tour "guide" you get. On my last trip, I lucked out with a very old guide that had been touring for many year. He enjoyed every minute of the tour and as such so did his audience.

    The 4 year construction of the dam changed history in a number of areas from the construction itself to the landmarks around the dam. Power from the dam has increase over the years but for 10 years (1939-49) it was the largest hydroeclectric plant in the world.

    It's probably one of the few Federal Projects that has actually paid for itself. The electricity from the 17 generation units is sold to the western US.

    The Dam is 726.4 feet high and 1244 feet wite at the top. It consumed 3.25 million cubic yards of concrete to build. The power plant itself is only 650 feet long, 55 feet wide and 75 feet high. The plant currently generates 2080 megawatts of electriciy.

    Touring the facility is an easy drive from Las Vegas by car or (using locally available discount tickets) a $35 tour by coach. The tour by coach takes 4-5 hours and avoids the hastle of driving what can be heavy traffic.

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    Visit Hoover Dam

    by semper.max Updated Oct 22, 2011

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    Situated right at the borders of Nevada and Arizona, don't miss visiting Hoover Dam. Better still, you may also opt to pass by the dam as you make a visit to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. All of these can actually be done in a day with Las Vegas serving as your jumpoff point.

    A two-hour tour is being provided for a fee but if you are just after photoshoots, you would have lots of material just walking along the top of the dam. Try to get there early in the morning to avoid the crowds.

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    Vista Point in Lake Mead

    by machomikemd Written Oct 4, 2011
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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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    Lake Mead

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 4, 2011
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    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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    Hoover Dam: walking at the Dam part 2

    by machomikemd Written Oct 4, 2011
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    Part two of my Walking at Hoover Dam tips with more pictures.

    Walking at Hoover Dam from Arizona Side to Nevada Side and Vice Versa is free unless you want to experience the inside of the hoover dam which has fees as listed here at my tips below. Walking at the dam is a wonderful experience as you would see part of Make Mead and the dam below. Parking is mostly free is you get the free parking slots at the Arizona side, however the visitor center at the Nevada Side Charges Parking fees and some of the Vista Sites at the Arizona Side also charges parking fees.

    The Visitors 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: walking at the Dam part 1

    by machomikemd Written Oct 4, 2011
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    Walking at Hoover Dam from Arizona Side to Nevada Side and Vice Versa is free unless you want to experience the inside of the hoover dam which has fees as listed here at my tips below. Walking at the dam is a wonderful experience as you would see part of Make Mead and the dam below. Parking is mostly free is you get the free parking slots at the Arizona side, however the visitor center at the Nevada Side Charges Parking fees and some of the Vista Sites at the Arizona Side also charges parking fees.

    The Visitors 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: Driving At the Dam

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 4, 2011
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    Before the O'Callaghan-Tillman Memorial Bridge was finished last year, Hoover Dam was a bottleneck of US Route 93 since it is just a two lane road and since it is a popular tourist site as well, traffic congestion ensues but since late last year, there has been not much traffic along the dam hence driving along it is pure pleasure since the maximum speed limit is just 15 miles per hour and there are no tolls too. Once you cruise along it, you can park at the vista points at both the Arizona and Nevada sides but some vista points at the Arizona side will charge a parking fee while others are free. After the Hoover dam at the Arizona side, it connects again to US Route 93.

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    Hoover Dam: Nevada & Arizona Time

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 4, 2011
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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.

    The Visitors 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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