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Hoover Dam is named for Herbert Hoover, the nation's 31st president. After he left office, the names "Boulder Canyon Dam" and "Boulder Dam" were frequently used, allegedly because the new Secretary of the Interior did not like the former president.

 

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The Hoover Dam is an engineering wonder of the modern world. Constructed between 1931 and 1936 the Hoover Dam which is 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Las Vegas is located in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River at the Nevada-Arizona border.

 

The Hoover Dam stands 1,244 feet (379 metres) long, rises 72 stories high and cost $163 million to build. There is a 55-minute tour and exhibit gallery. Hoover Dam is visited by 2,000 to 3,000 people daily, and more than 32 million visitors have toured it since it opened. Tours inside and outside of the dam as well as raft tours below the dam are available. A trip to the Hoover Dam is one of the most popular excursions from Las Vegas.

 

The National Park Service offers tours of the dam for around $15.

 

Other interesting things to do while you are out there, go on past Hoover dam to Boulder City. A city that was created by the workers who built the dam and then to Lake Meade. Also, there are tour companies that will take you on a cruise of the river below Hoover Dam.

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Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas $46.99
Ultimate Hoover Dam Tour $79.99
Super Hoover Dam Express Tour $79.99
Hoover Dam Tour With Lake Mead Cruise $82.99
Hoover Dam Hummer Tour $89.99
Hoot and Hoover Dam Tour $98.99
Hoover Dam Mountain Bike Tour $158.99
Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas with Optional Skywalk $109.99
Vegas Strip and Hoover Dam Twilight Helicopter Tour $209.99

 

 

Getting to the Hoover Dam

 

Distance from Las Vegas to Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam is located approximately 34 miles (54.4 km) southeast of Las Vegas on the Nevada-Arizona border.

 

Driving from Las Vegas strip to Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam is about a 45 minute drive from the Las Vegas strip. To get there from the Vegas strip, drive east on Flamingo Road or Tropicana Avenue to U.S. 515 South, which automatically turns into US Highway I-93 South. Continue on US Highway 93 South for about 20 miles to Boulder City.
In Boulder City, take a left at the second stoplight in town (there are only 2 of them)
Continue on US 93 to the Dam on the Nevada/Arizona border (about 7 miles from Boulder City)
(Note: The highway runs right across the top of the dam)

 

GPS CoordinatesHoover Dam GPS coordinates

The Dam does not have a street address. If your car is equiped with a GPS navigator, use the coordinates: N 36.016222, W -114.737245 to locate the Hoover Dam.

 

Parking at the Hoover Dam

There is a 459-space parking garage located on the Nevada side of the dam tucked into a canyon across the road from the Visitor Center. The parking garage charges a cash-only $7.00 fee.

 

From the parking garage, walk toward the dam and take an escalator or elevator that will take you down to a reception lobby of the Visitors Center where you can purchase your tickets. All visitors are required to go through security screening when entering the Visitor Center.

Call Hoover Dam (866-291-8687), for more information.

 

 

Hoover Dam ByPass

 

The new Hoover Dam bypass bridge officially opened on October 19, 2010. Construction on the Hoover Dam bypass began in late January 2005.


The signature bypass bridge is located approximately 1,500 feet south of the Hoover Dam, and is 1,900 feet long. The arch span stretches 1,060 feet, and the deck stands 900 feet above the Colorado River.

 

Visitors can park their cars and walk the deck of the bridge. The bridge's pedestrian walkway gives visitors expansive views of Hoover Dam, Black Canyon, Colorado River, Lake Mead and is a great place to snap photos.

 

Connecting the Arizona and Nevada Approach highways, the Hoover Dam bypass significantly cuts down on drive times to Las Vegas. More Information.

 

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Driving distances from Las Vegas

FromToDrive TimeMilesKM
Las Vegas Grand Canyon South Rim 4.5 hours 275 443
Las Vegas Grand Canyon West Rim 3 hours 120 193
Las Vegas Death Valley National Park 2.25 hours 141 227
Las Vegas Hoover Dam 45 mins. 34 54.4
Las Vegas Great Basin National Park 4.75 hours 297 478
Las Vegas Zion National Park 2.5 hours 155 249
Las Vegas Reno, NV 7.25 hours 448 721
Las Vegas Laughlin 1.5 hours 97 156
Las Vegas Los Angeles, CA 4 hours 270 435
Las Vegas San Diego, CA 5 hours 332 534
Las Vegas Phoenix, AZ 5 hours 295 475
Las Vegas San Francisco 9 hours 570 917

 


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Comments to date: 2. Page 1 of 1.

Mike   

Oct 12, 2011

Not sure what Tour you took, but the Tour Costs don't change whether you book them in advance or pick them up upon arrival at the Visitor's Center?

Jill   

Nov 25, 2010

Had a great time in Vegas last week. A word of advice, book your tours in advance. The Hoover Dam tour we took would have cost us more had we not booked in advance on-line.

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Hoover Dam Facts

 

Built between 1931 - 1936 on the Colorado River at the Nevada - Arizona border. Hoover Dam stands 726.4 ft (221 m) high, 1244 ft (379 m) long and 660 feet (201m) thick at the base.

 

Do you know that Boulder City is one of only two Nevada communities where gaming is outlawed. Can you name the other community?

 

Hoover Dam was once the world's largest electric-power station and the world's largest concrete structure.

 

In July 1994, the 30-millionth visitor toured the Hoover dam since it opened.