Hoover Dam Sightseeing Tours

Hoover Dam Sightseeing Tours
One of the most ambitious engineering projects ever undertaken, Hoover Dam holds back the Colorado River at Black Canyon, about 30 miles to the southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. Hoover Dam was begun in 1931 and completed in 1936 at the height of the Great Depression. It is an arch-gravity dam, constructed of concrete and steel in a deep curve that spreads the pressure of the water behind it out over a wider surface. Behind the dam, Lake Mead is a major recreational site for residents and tourists.

Outdoor enthusiasts who are taking advantage of water sports on the lake or hiking in the desert close to Lake Mead may enjoy taking a few hours to tour Hoover Dam. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which is responsible for maintaining the dam, controls all on-site tours of the dam itself. In addition, several tour companies located in and around Las Vegas provide more elaborate tours of the dam and its natural environs.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Tours

The Bureau of Reclamation operates the visitor center at Hoover Dam and offers two separate tours of the dam site. Both tours take place at regular times daily. A fee is charged for the tours.

The Power Plant Tour takes about two hours. Participants get audio and film presentations, live presentations by Bureau of Reclamation guides and photographs and exhibits. This tour gives an overall description of the dam and its operations. This tour is wheelchair accessible.

The Hoover Dam Tour is a longer tour that incorporates all the elements of the Power Plant Tour, plus excursions into parts of the dam that aren't as well known. Each tour group includes no more than 20 people. It is not available to wheelchair-bound tourists because of accessibility issues in the interior of the dam.

Hoover Dam Visitor Center
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Boulder City, NV
(866) 730-9097

Premium Express Bus Tour

The Hoover Dam Tour Company offers several tour packages of Hoover Dam for those who would be heading to it from Las Vegas. These tours include some additional amenities. Tourists who opt for the Premium Express Bus Tour travel to and from Las Vegas in air-conditioned touring buses that feature video presentations about Hoover Dam. Upon arriving at the dam, visitors can take one of the tours or can explore the dam on their own. On the return trip, the bus stops briefly at the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory.

Hoover Dam Tour Company

Hoover Dam Top to Bottom by Luxury SUV with Colorado River Float

Viator offers several lengthier and more expensive tours of the dam, including one that includes transportation to and from Las Vegas via luxury sports-utility vehicle. Visitors can tour the dam facilities, including experiencing all the presentations and the powerplant. Patrons then will take a guided tour down the river via raft with an experienced tour guide. This portion of the tour gives guests the chance to experience the dam and the river from a completely different point of view.

Viator Tours
(866) 648-5873

Article Written By Cheyenne Cartwright

Cheyenne Cartwright has worked in publishing for more than 25 years. She has served as an editor for several large nonprofit institutions, and her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including "Professional Bull Rider Magazine." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Oklahoma Christian University and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Tulsa.

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