This massive engineering marvel stands 726 feet tall and weighs more than 6.6 million tons. It was constructed during the Great Depression from 1931 to 1936 to generate power as well as control flooding and foster irrigation. In the process, the dam formed Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, with 759 miles of shoreline. Today, the Hoover Dam welcomes millions of visitors who come to tour the facility or to simply walk or drive across it, traveling between Arizona and Nevada in the process.
A visit is as simple as parking either in one of several lots on the Arizona side, or in the garage on the Nevada side, adjacent to the gift shop, café, visitors center, and Art Deco-style memorial plaza. A walk across the dam’s crest takes only 10 to 15 minutes, though stopping to appreciate the bas-reliefs and other ornamental details, as well to contemplate the dam’s sheer immensity, takes a bit more time. An admission fee is charged for official visitor center entry, and guided 60-minute dam and 30-minute power-plant tours are offered several times daily. A private tour operator, Black Canyon River Adventures (blackcanyonadventures.com, 800/455-3490), offers raft trips to the dam’s base.
30 miles S.E. of Las Vegas
- Nevada, United States of America 89005
- 36.01622200, -114.73724500
- Visitors Center: daily 9--5. Parking garage: daily 8--5:15.
- Visit Website
- (702) 494-2517