Hoover Dam
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Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between Arizona and Nevada. Hoover Dam impounds Lake Mead, and is located near Boulder City, Nevada. Paid parking, visitor center and guided tours.
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  • M K
    1 contribution
    Scenic Hoover Dam
    Great views of the mountains and dam. Made several scenic stops. Tony, the tour guide, shared lots of information. Note: the instructions on the pick up location(s) need much more detail as we and several other guests were confused.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 December 2022
  • Rick H
    8 contributions
    Make the trip
    One of the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century and a modern wonder of the world. Take the full dam tour option. Not unlike what is depicted in Vegas Vacation with Chevy Chase. Over 33 million people have visited since its construction. Art Deco design accents recall the beginning of the golden age of American progress.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 22 December 2022
  • Alex M
    Kitchener, Canada160 contributions
    A good afternoon tour
    Interesting place you can visit and stay as long as you like. The traffic down the hill was interesting coming from Las Vegas and so there is a long line of traffic to get to the park entrance. The park staff ask that you roll windows down so they can do a security check - and note - no drones allowed even if they stay in the car. They mention paid parking but if you go through to the Arizona side you will be fine if you are prepared for a little walk. So you can enter the park for free and walk around for free and its MASSIVE along with the view of the bridge by pass which is also a marvel to behold.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 27 December 2022
  • Suellen B
    Marietta, Georgia17 contributions
    Historically interesting and what an engineering feat!
    The best part was learning about the dam's history. Save enough time to walk through the museum as well as see the tour. Suggestion: go early enough so that you can see the top view while it is still light out. Very informative and great to know about the history. Parking garage was ample.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 30 December 2022
  • Canadi-Lynne
    Edmonton, Canada167 contributions
    So Unique!
    The Hoover Dam is a very unique experience! From the time you arrive it's unlike anything else. First thing to note is security. This area is very protected and secure so you will be submitted to a security check upon entry. Our RV was entered and checked (understandably) so don't be concerned or surprised if it happens to you. The size of the Hoover Dam is impressive! Pictures don't do the size of it justice. I know they do tours, but we couldn't partake in that because we couldn't get a big enough parking space for our RV and tow vehicle, so we will see that next time. I think it would be amazing to learn how such an important facility works. There are clock towers on each side of the Dam displaying the differing times between Nevada and Arizona. So cool to think you are going back and forth over state lines when visiting the Dam. I would recommend stopping here to anyone interested in landmarks, industry, and history.
    Visited July 2022
    Written 3 January 2023
  • 4famfun31
    South Elgin, Illinois24 contributions
    Amazing!
    We went to the Hoover Dam in the beginning of January 2023. The whole family enjoyed this experience! We easily parked in the parking garage on the Nevada side of the Dam. There was a fee to park, but it made access easy. In the same structure is the visitor center and a souvenir shop. We took the mid level guided tour. We watched a quick movie and then attended the tour. Our guide took us down to two areas of the plant and was very informational. After there is a museum about the history of the Dam, and a great opportunity for photos on the observation deck. All included in your ticket price. You are able to walk/drive across the bridge for free. It was crowded the day we went, but could easily be more crowded. There is a marker that shows the state boarders for Nevada and Arizona, a fun picture spot. And the two states are in different time zones, something to keep in mind if you are coming from Arizona as the time for opening and closing is driven by Nevada time. All in all, it was a great sight to see and learn more about.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 January 2023
  • WickedCakes
    Columbus, Ohio1,316 contributions
    Innovation at its best
    As I get older, I appreciate our American history more and more. I’ve always enjoyed history lessons in school but I’ve never really heard a lot or read a lot about the Hoover Dam. I’m sure local schools in NV or AZ must teach it more than in other states, or at last I hope so since it’s part of their states. But the time & era of the dam built, it’s not only innovated design but a beautiful design. And all those workers in the time of the depression too. The history is rich. Plan to do a lot of walking. Wear comfortable shoes and there is water available for purchase, but if you don’t want to spend $5 on a Hoover Dam steel water bottle, then bring some with you. The tours at the dam are also cool. We took the 1/2 hour tour ($15), there’s an hour tour for $30, then a $10 but that won’t take you below, that’s more for the observation deck above.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 January 2023
  • Kristina S
    1 contribution
    Must visit
    We just visited the Hoover dam with our children and had a great experience! Everyone that worked there was very friendly and had a wealth of knowledge of the dam and its history. We went on the power plant tour and our guide, Danny, was fantastic: friendly, super informative, had interesting stories of the dam history and was so nice to our kids! We learned so much and it was incredible to see the inner workings of the dam and the beautiful art deco design throughout. Highly recommend!!
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 January 2023
  • mrjonesii
    Indianapolis, Indiana323 contributions
    Can skip the tour
    There’s a vehicle security check point upon arriving. If doing the tour park in the garage at the gift shop/cafe.($10) If not there’s free parking if you want to just view the Dam. In order to tour the dam you will have to go through security check point. The 1 tour inside the dam was $30 each. Depending what time you arrive you may have time to view the short film and/or visit the museum upstairs. If not you will have an opportunity after your tour. As for the tour itself my husband and I agree it was not worth the money. Although we were told by a guide the tours help to run the dam and pay their salaries. The tour guides were just ok. Seem like we had a lot of idle time. A little disappointed. You won’t miss out on too much if you skip the tour. *btw a guide informed us in the summer time it is hot. Today was a little cool.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 January 2023
  • tyandjess
    94 contributions
    An awesome experience. Go early in the day to avoid the lines.
    This is truly a wonder. Totally worth it to do the extra dam tour, in addition to the power plant. Get there early, as the dam tour tickets go fast. The place is immense and spectacular. You get to walk through the tunnels and look out one of those vents in the side, like that scene from The Fugitive. Our tour guide was super knowledgeable and a good story teller, but lost us a bit with his anti-government rhetoric and advocacy for the Gold Standard. Definitely go early. We got there a few minutes before opening, and got in the second tour. By the time we left before lunch, the line of cars to enter the grounds (to visit the dam or just drive across it) was backed up all the way to highway.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 January 2023
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BackPacker518591
3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Dwayne is the best tour guide ever! Very knowledgeable funny and kind. Give him a raise! It was incredible to go down inside the dam!
Written 26 November 2023
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Karen V
Miami, FL22 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Cool trip to do with kids. The private tour was worth it. If not, it would have been boring! Can do it in 2 h. Plenty of parking. Can get in from Arizona or Nevada side. It’s at the border.
Written 26 November 2023
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Shana Bradley
Rockford, OH19 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Hoover Dam was very interesting. It was mind blowing to see how they built it so many years ago. It has held up so well. It is also mind blowing the amount of electricity it provides.
Written 25 November 2023
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The B
Scottsdale, AZ16 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
US historic monumental site, best time to visit October/ November not too hot, not too cold, and definitely not a lot of people. Something special to see- a good day trip outside of Vegas.
Written 17 November 2023
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guycc1
Matlock, UK299 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Took a coach tour from Las Vegas to the Dam…stopped at the bridge lovely views then boarded the coach and headed to the dam…went inside the dam and power station and had a walk outside,found it very informative
Written 16 November 2023
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Mojca G
4 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Great to visit it out of season. It is huge and magnificant. In season could be an issue with parking, in late October it was ok.
Written 16 November 2023
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Dr Javed Rasheed
Kurnool, India2,685 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Visited this historic place on the 21st of May 2023 on the way to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas by road. It was the month of May so it was very hot but found a few historic facts about this dam : Hoover Dam is 726 feet (221 metres) high and 1,244 feet (379 metres) long at the crest. It contains 4,400,000 cubic yards (3,360,000 cubic metres) of concrete. Four reinforced-concrete intake towers located above the dam divert water from the reservoir into huge steel pipes called penstocks. The water, after falling some 500 feet (150 metres) through the pipes to a hydroelectric power plant in the base of the dam, turns 17 Francis-type vertical hydraulic turbines, which rotate a series of electric generators that have a total power capacity of 2,080 megawatts. Nearly half of the generated electric power goes to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the city of Los Angeles, and other destinations in Southern California and this is amazing !
Dr. Javed Rasheed
Written 9 November 2023
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DetDuke
Toronto, Canada267 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We were only able to to the generator tour. Go earlier if you want to get the full tour. It is an amazing feat of engineering.
Written 5 November 2023
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Cathy D
9 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
The websites did not provide all the info about dogs. We had to park on the AZ side and then walk all the way to the visitor's center. I had purchased tickets believing that we could park on the NV side. I cannot walk that far so I wasted $20. Adequate info on the website regarding parking and pets would have saved me that money.
Written 3 November 2023
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Johnny G
Envigado, Colombia757 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Iconic emblem of the American spirit and engineering ingenuity. A must-see when in the Vegas area.

You can easily spend a few hours here at the various lookouts and taking tours. Hadn’t been here in years so this time we saw the multi-level for a few parking garage…great additional. There is also parking along the access road at various points and they’re connected by steps so you can walk your way down to the dam.

Highly recommend the visit!
Written 1 November 2023
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