Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam, Boulder City: Address, Hoover Dam Reviews: 4.5/5

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Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between Arizona and Nevada. Hoover Dam impounds Lake Mead, and is located near Boulder City, Nevada. Paid parking, visitor center and guided tours.
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Babu2773
Chicago, IL843 contributions
Aug 2021
The only downside to this site is the cafe. Too small. Too hot. Too slow. No one should have to wait 20 minutes for a hot dog, even if it's the best dam dog. We arrived on a 100-degree plus day around 11:30 a.m. and easily found parking in the garage. ($10). No lines existed for the visitor's center ($10) but it was also in late August, so we decided to eat at the cafe first since it would be easy to enter. After waiting 20 minutes for our food, we sat outside in the scorching heat because the dining area is tiny and everyone has masks off for eating. After lunch we headed back to the visitor's center. You can take an elevator down if the stairs are challenging. Quick security, and you enter the pay area. If you have a National Park Passport book, you get it stamped as you pay. Ask about it. A second stamp is at the gift shop on the Arizona side where a dour woman pointed at the stamp without a word. The visitor's center has a movie and then a slide show with a guide explaining what you're seeing. Then you are released to the museum. Again, stairs and elevator option. The museum is interesting and offers a nice observation deck. Afterward, walk the area and be amazed at the deco details of the dam and the beauty of the area. Interested in authentic deco bathrooms? Check out the restrooms on the dam as you walk. Hubby said the men's bathroom was particularly interesting. The original 1930's visitor's center houses a diorama that lights up during a 10-minute presentation. You need your ticket from the main visitor's center to enter. Walk across the dam, drive up to the Arizona gift shop for beautiful views, and then drive back toward the exit to the Tillman Bridge so you can walk across and get another spectacular view. We've done the tours before and when tours resume, we will come back.
Written August 18, 2021
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T3916QYmarcp
Colorado, United States18 contributions
Feb 2022
Incredible sights and views. Very interesting. Close drive to the strip. Paying the extra $30 for the tour was worth it. They take you inside the dam. (there are 2 levels of tours I think. Make sure to pay for the more expensive one or your tour will suddenly end while others keep going) Make sure to arrive for tour at least 15 mins early to watch the pre tour film. They didn't tell us that and we got there when the tour started and were not able to see the quick 10 min movie about the history and building of the dam.
Written March 5, 2022
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MFC31
London, UK3,845 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
The sheer scale of the construction involved make this a worthwhile stop between Vegas and the Grand Canyon.
You can simply drive over the dam and be on your way, or you can stop off and do tours to learn more about how it came to be and then how it was built and it’s role in power generation today. I recommend doing the tour, it’s $10 and is super informative.
Written January 6, 2022
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Nebraskachick23
McCook, NE67 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
Dam itself is worth seeing. The $10 self guided visitors center tour isn't really worth it. You just get a very very small museum and a scenic overlook area for your money. We had 7 people so it was expensive. Walking across the dam itself is free. Next time I'd just do that.
Written March 17, 2022
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northernk
Phoenix, AZ10,134 contributions
Nov 2021
I am trying to picture why anyone would give a review of less than 5 to the Hoover Dam lol Perhaps a bad experience with an employee or they didn't like the wind. The Hoover Dam is amazing and what they were able to accomplish and to see it.. also amazing. How could one not be impressed lol I walked here on the Historic Railroad Trail which ends or begins at the Dam parking lot garage top level. The Dam was amazing as always to view and while there are no tours per se at the moment you can for 10 dollars go into the visitors center which to me was pretty reasonable. The staff at the center were super nice and seeing the short movie which while maybe a bit over zealous in it's positivity was interesting and the ranger chat was as well. You also get to go up to the top level of the visitor center and from the roof have a wonderful view of the dam. By the way if you buy water at the dam or it's machines don't spend the 5 dollars on the metal cans they are single layer insulated and won't keep water cold very long. Otherwise loved it.
Written November 18, 2021
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RochesterJean
Rochester, NY11 contributions
Aug 2021
Tours inside the dam are not available (assuming due to COVID), but we were able to go to the observation deck and see the dam, view a short movie, and explore some exhibits. I was not sure we would be able to go inside since I had read tickets were on a first come, first serve, basis. We went late in the day (after 3 pm) on a weekday and had no trouble getting in. Felt like there were more workers than tourists in the building.
Written August 30, 2021
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AjayJM
Plano, TX169 contributions
Jul 2021
One can only imagine what must have been the thought to build this massive dam almost about 100 years back. I was amazed with the engineering and the depth of thinking that must have gone to build it. As we went to visitor centre, we took the tickets for the 30 min tour (around $15). There was a short movie (with a long waiting), followed by taking a elevator down to where the turbines are. It is amazing to see the huge turbines in operation. The guide does a fantastic job of explaining it. In terms of sight seeing, take photos on the dam itself and then from the bridge. One small tip, park on the Arizona side and save $10
Written July 25, 2021
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8ric
Tampa, FL1,135 contributions
Feb 2020
If you're in Las Vegas and enjoying the strip and you have a couple extra hours, make sure you peal yourself away from the strip and venture to Hoover Dam. I would highly recommend not missing out on visiting. It is in amazing feature of the early days of construction in this country.

They have a museum area that does a fantastic job explaining how and why the bridge was constructed. You can easily spend anywhere from one to three hours at the dam taking photographs or looking at the museum exhibits.

TIP - Parking is $10.00 and that does not include a paying tor or the museum entrance fee, which are all separate.
Written February 23, 2020
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Peter B
Atlanta, GA44 contributions
Jan 2020
Drove our rental car from Las Vegas out to the Hoover Dam after breakfast. Quick trip. Parked on Arizona side of Dam in lot 10 for free. (Lot 9 and under cost $10). Paid for the all inclusive $30 tour which includes Visitor Center Museum, Powerplant tour, and Dam tour of inside the Dam (service tunnels). AWESOME. This place is an engineering marvel. You will leave so very impressed with the American will and know-how that built it. Spend the $30, well worth it. Not for young children though.
Written January 17, 2020
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kevindm
London, UK39 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
The trip was fantastic. We took the arranged tour from Las Vegas to the dam and back. I would advise taking the morning trip rather than the afternoon as it is a lot better when it comes to the daylight, pictures etc.

Visiting the lower part of the dam was fantastic. The tour guide even drove up to the bridge so we got the best of both.

One advice I have is when the bus gets to the dam, make a straight dash for the hoover dam documentary. It is worth it and if you hang about you waste another 10 mins of your tour time. You only get 1.5 hours in total at the site.

As for the tour company, we used canyontours.com. It was ok but not great. The signage for the bus wasn’t good and with all the busses that were waiting outside, it wasn’t clear which bus it was. We ended up missing the bus as we waited, the bus got in and left without us so we had to take a taxi to the depot at our own cost. Not ideal.
Written January 26, 2020
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