Explore tunnels that were bored directly into the mountainside, hear the harrowing tales of workers who carved them out by hand, and tour the power plant. Construction required 5 million barrels of cement and 45 million pounds of reinforcement steel. We only explored the top of the dam on recent trips. Archived from on January 13, 2015. In addition, two spillways, 27 feet below the top of the dam, stand ready to send any water reaching that high into tunnels that connect to two of the original diversion tunnels. There is only one small parking lot at the bridge, compared with hundreds of spaces at the dam.
What to Bring Hoover Dam is located in the desert and temperatures will usually be hotter than 100 degrees F in the summer. Tour options cover a wide range of interests—visit on a comedy bus, cruise in a Hummer, or even pair the trip with a stop at an outdoor shooting range. Back in town, cruise down the famous Las Vegas Strip, stop downtown to see Fremont street the original Las Vegas and take photos at the 'Welcome to Las Vegas' sign. There is no parking charge for those with accessible plates and placards. Inside Grand Canyon National Park, stop at Mather Point and Bright Angel Lodge. We typically stay in Las Vegas when we visit Hoover Dam.
Find out about our event and activity reservations here. While gambling was legal, drinking was not. Topping out at 726 feet above the Canyon floor and stretching 1,244 feet across Black Canyon, the Hoover Dam was the tallest dam in the world when it opened in the 1930s. Physically, Hoover Dam is a massive, concrete arch-gravity dam, 660 feet thick at its base and wide enough at its crest that traffic on old U. The bridge is located within the approximately 30 miles 48 km southeast of , and carries over the Colorado River. To beat the crowds, consider stopping at the bridge first if you arrive in the morning, or last if you arrive in the afternoon. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure with hotel pickup and drop-off select Las Vegas properties and lunch included.
The filming of this episode took place before the start of work on the arch. As a day trip, this is a good diversion from the typical Las Vegas action as you will see some of the deserts of the Southwest and you'll be able to see a modern day engineering marvel. Lastly, experience the breathtaking views from Eagle Point and Guano Point. The tour was very informational and very well organized. On our last visit, we spotted several mountain sheep just above the bridge, across the road from the Welcome to Nevada sign.
The nearly complete bridge seen from a helicopter in February 2010 By mid-April 2010, all of the girders were set in place, and for the first time construction crews could walk across the structure from Arizona to Nevada. Visitors can tour the power plant, learn how the dam generates and distributes electricity, and see stunning views of the surrounding riverways, canyons, and valleys. Without this cooling system, the Dam would still be cooling and solidifying today. May be repurchased every 30 days. In 2014, Three Gorges broke the global record for annual hydroelectric power production, generating 98.
This was a great tour but it was marred by a couple of unfortunate events. Hang on to your hats! The creation of Lake Mead named for Elwood Mead, commissioner of the U. Enjoy a Champagne picnic lunch, and soak up the view before the return trip to Las Vegas. There may be little shade. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the dam was closed to visitors for the rest of the war. With a knowledgeable guide, learn about the history and mechanics of the dam through engaging and informative commentary. Follow Hoover Dam on Facebook! Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
At 890 feet 270 m above the Colorado River, it is the second after the , and is the world's highest concrete arch bridge. It was during dedication ceremonies on September 17, 1930, that Secretary of the Interior Ray L. The Powerplant Tour offers a combination of presentations by Reclamation guides, audio and film presentations, exhibits and other media that provide a comprehensive view of the massive dam and its operations, as well as highlight many of the unique features around the site. We love to get out of the house to see and do fun things, both far away and in our own neighborhood. A tour guide provides narration of the sights as they pass through cities that include Henderson and Boulder City. Loved his interaction with the guests, always making sure everyone has their questions answered. Archived from on November 11, 1998.
Enjoy a scenic 45-minute flight from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. Additional parking is available on the Arizona side of the dam. Most did not not know this until we were on the bus. The second time, in 1983, was during a flood. I am the founder of Tips for Family Trips. High winds caused a cableway failure in September 2006, resulting in a further two-year delay.