Hoover Dam

Visiting The Hoover Dam: 7 Things You Need To Know

Situated on the border between Arizona and Nevada, this famous dam was originally called the Boulder Dam from 1933. It was officially renamed Hoover Dam after President Herbert Hoover in 1947.

A National Historic Landmark, Hoover Dam is the highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere, standing at more than 725 feet above the Colorado River. Want to visit this amazing sight? Here’s all the info you need to know…

Visiting The Hoover Dam: Things You Need To Know

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1. What’s so special about The Hoover Dam?

The dam was built for the purpose to control floods, provide irrigation water, and produce hydroelectric power. The dam’s generators provide power for 3 states; Nevada, Arizona, and California.

The Dam was constructed during a difficult time in the US, The Great Depression. At the time of construction, resources were limited, the project was too large for a single contractor, it required a joint venture of six contractors, together they pooled their talents and resources in order to build this world-renowned dam. Now a major tourist attraction with nearly a million people touring the dam each year.

2. How do I get there?

Hoover Dam is located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, so if you’re driving just take route I-11.

Unfortunately, no public bus routes go to Hoover Dam. You can hire a tour company, rent a car, or use a ride-share app.

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3. How much will it cost?

Admission to the visitors center and a self-guided tour is $10

Guided powerplant tour:

  • Adults (Ages 17 – 61)  $15.00
    Seniors (62+)               $12.00
    Juniors (ages 4 – 16)   $12.00
    U.S. Military (with ID)  $12.00

4. How long will it take?

This doesn’t take a whole day; by the time you park and visit the dam and the bypass bridge, it will take you about 1 hour.

5. When is the best time to go?

If you want to take a tour, the least busy time of the day is from 9 am until 10:30 am. You can also visit the dam at night, it closes at 9 pm.

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6. Where will I get the best photos?

If you want to get the best shot of the Dam, the bridge walkway is the only place to get the perfect shot. Unless you opt for a helicopter tour, this will you give you ample angles for a great shot of the Dam (roughly $154 per person).

7. Any insider tips?

  1. If you want to visit the dam and not pay admission, you can drive across the dam for free, but you can’t stop on the dam. (They might pull you over!)
  2. Don’t come early on Monday morning, this is reserved for cleaning and you’ll have to wait a while!

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Siobhan McKenny