“From Boulder Dam to Hoover Dam”
19th of September, 2012
Not far from Las Vegas is this world renown engineering masterpiece, a National Historical Landmark, the Hoover Dam. Located in the Colorado River, it also creates an immense lake names Lake Mead.
The dam produces enough electric power and water supplies for Las Vegas and many other cities across different states.
Since it’s so near to Las Vegas it’s definitely worth to spend some hours to come and visit it. Many options are available on how to get here, while of course, the easiest and cheapest is to have a rental car. Otherwise check for the many daily tours organised here either by bus, limousine, and even helicopter.
How to get here and opening hours:
If you have a rental car, all you need to do is following the signs to Boulder City, signs for the Hoover Dam will appear next. It will not take longer than 30 minutes until you reach the car parks.
The dam is opened from 9am-18pm daily. For full information and booking of advanced tickets visit their website.
As for tickets, it is advisable to book them in advance and have the confirmation printed. Then swapping the confirmation for the final tickets at the pre booked tickets counter, avoiding the queues, which can get long as this is a very popular tourist attraction.
It costs $11 to access the Visitor Center & Powerplant and 30 minutes guided tour. Another options is an in-depth tour, costing $30. But most of the people go for the first option. The second one will take you more inside some tunnels, making not big difference.
Where to park:
All the car parks you will come to see when you enter the site cost $7. But what people do not know is that there are some free car parks! All you need to do is drive past the main entrance, to the other side of the dam driving on top of it, and after the first car park you get to see (still charging $7), the next ones are free. Park wherever you see a space, and then walk back to the main entrance. This way, at least you will get to see the dam in full and walk on top of it rather than walking few steps before or after the visitor centre to take some shots.