| Lake Mead & Hoover Dam
Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a 30-mile ride east of Las Vegas for those interested in water sports. The lake is the world's largest man-made reservoir and provides a wide variety of year-round recreational activities, including: boating, swimming, hiking, scuba diving and sport fishing. The 1.5-million acre recreation area that surrounds the lake is equally unique. Three of the nation's four desert ecosystems meet here - the Great Basin, Mojave and Sonoran deserts.
Lake Mead is open year-round. A small admission fee is now required. As with any outdoor recreation getaway in southern Nevada, visitors should bring plenty of water and dress for the season.
- Hiking Trails
- Visitor Center
Hoover Dam is named after President Herbert Hoover,
who championed the construction of the immense concrete dam, in order to harness the power of the Colorado River.
The spectacular dam created a new water supply, hydroelectric power, and water for
irrigation, both municipal and industrial, bringing life to the desert surrounding it. Hoover Dam is an astonishing 726 feet
high and 600 feet thick at its base, but it's at the observation points on top where the view is truly breathtaking.
For a close look inside the dam and how it operates, guided tours are available for a charge and river raft tours also.
The Visitor Center is open daily 9-5 except closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The newly built bypass bridge, nearly 2,000 foot long, connects the Arizona and Nevada Approach highways nearly 900-feet above the Colorado River.
Tour reservations: 702-494-2517
Hoover Dam Bureau of Reclamation