Intake towers of the Hoover Dam between Arizona and Nevada, USA
Intake towers of the Hoover Dam between Arizona and Nevada, USA

Hoover Dam

Boulder City, Nevada, 89005

The Basics

The dam is a popular day-trip destination from Las Vegas and transportation options range from comedy buses to mountain bikes. Learn about hydroelectric power from a tour guide, see how the dam generates and distributes electricity, and take in beautiful views of the surrounding riverways, canyons, and valleys.

You won’t need to buy Hoover Dam tickets as the attraction is free, but you may wish to join a guided tour from Las Vegas, particularly if you don’t have a car. Some tours include a Hoover Dam visit with excursions to the Grand Canyon’s West Rim or a cruise on Lake Mead. Want a bird’s-eye view? Opt for a helicopter tour.

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Grand Canyon West with Lunch, Hoover Dam Stop & Optional Skywalk
Grand Canyon West with Lunch, Hoover Dam Stop & Optional Skywalk
$79.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Very nice tour guide and organization
The tour was very well planned and the weather was perfect. There’s nothing to complain about the tour guide or the organization. However, one person got lost and the tour guide had to find them that’s why we were late in time but all in all it was perfect.
Kathrin_K, Feb 2024

Things to Know Before You Go

  • There are a variety of ways to see the Hoover Dam, from helicopter tours to mountain bike and boat rides.

  • Bring sun protection, comfortable shoes, and plenty of water.

  • A concession stand at the base of the dam’s parking garage offers a variety of food and drink options.

  • The Visitor Center and the powerplant tour are wheelchair accessible, but the dam tour is not accessible. Wheelchair users get free parking.

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How to Get There

The Hoover Dam is near the border of Arizona and Nevada. To get there from Las Vegas, drive southeast for about 30 miles (48 kilometers). The journey usually takes around 45 minutes. The nearest airport is McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

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Choosing the Right Las Vegas Show For You

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When to Get There

Because of the stifling desert heat in summer, spring and fall are the best times to visit the Hoover Dam. Expect long lines and heavy traffic on summer weekends or opt for an early-morning visit to avoid crowds.

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Inside Hoover Dam

A Hoover Dam tour features much more than just a view of the 726-foot (221-meter) wall. See the power plant and explore tunnels that workers bored directly into the mountainside and hear the harrowing tales of the people who carved them out by hand. The Hoover Dam Visitor Center offers even more information about America’s most famous dam.

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