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Lake Mead National Recreation Area

601 National Highway, NV 89005
702-293-8906
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Hoover Dam Tour With Lake Mead Cruise
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Biplane Tour of Las Vegas Including Hoover Dam...
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Ranked #99 of 594 Attractions in Nevada
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Deserts, National Parks, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Fishing
Fee: Yes
Owner description: A year-round recreational area for boaters, swimmers, fishermen...
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Type: Natural History Museums, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Deserts, National Parks, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Fishing
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A year-round recreational area for boaters, swimmers, fishermen, hikers, photographers, campers, and sightseers. Lake Mead is a huge reservoir impounded by the Hoover Dam. Approximately 30 miles from Las Vegas. Entrance fees charged.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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New Jersey
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

The view of the lake along the desert habitat made me wish I could paint. It was an easy ride, nice weather, and you didn't have to walk a lot. Stop in the visitor center before you go. They will give you a map to show you the scenic views and where you have to stop and park the car.... More 

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Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We have been reading recommendations for this hike (Railroad Tunnel Trail) for year and finally tried it. You can walk, on a level trail overlooking Lake Mead from Boulder City to Hoover Dam. How cool is that!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

On a usual sunny Sunday, my boyfriend and I wanted to get out and explore the Lake Mead area. We went to the tunnel trails - awesome spot for walking, hiking or riding bikes. The trails obviously were not paved but were in great condition for how much use they see everyday! We decided to try the tunnel trails for... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Ifyou get a chance to rent a boat and take a drive to the dam, it's absolutely gorgeous. From the top looking down was beautiful, try sitting on a boat looking up. We visited twice and rented a boat and sped around Meads lake. One year with the kids. They enjoyed it and swam in the water. Beautiful. The carps... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

My friend and I took her grandson and my two kids here Presidents Day weekend. It was free for the holiday to get it and it wasn't crowded and the weather was warm. We had lunch, fed the fish and played in the water along the shore. Perfect day!

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Less than an hour from the strip, you can find this incredibly untouched and lovely lake to spend some time. We couldn't get around the whole lake in a day, but the Boulder section and the area that has the Valley of Fire Park nearby were beautiful. Walking the old railway trail was also a really cool experience. I highly... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We rented a car for under $30/day to take an outdoor excursion while visiting Vegas. We skipped a visit to Hoover Dam as we have visited it before - and knew we could see it from the water - and instead rented a boat from the Las Vegas Boat Harbor at Lake Mead - $80/2hrs. This was our first time... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We only passed through and wanted to cool off in the lake. We came out of the water feeling dirtier than when we had entered - a full day without a shower, driving and walking around plus being scared witless after skydiving... Mud and seaweed, folks, mud and seaweed.

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Central Saanich, Canada
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

After a wonderful visit to the Hoover Dam, my girlfriend and I decided to take a trip out to Valley of Fire State Park (via the most direct road on the map). Little did we know that there was a $10 park fee (or in my opinion, a toll). The park ranger was great and he gave us a map... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

It's a secluded lake that you pass by on your way to the Grand Canyon from Vegas. Beautiful view, blue waters, and a very nice driving break.

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