Visiting the Hoover Dam from Vegas

Posted November 21, 2016 | By Vickie Wilson

Below we have a guide on visiting the Hoover Dam from Vegas focusing on directions, parking, and things to do. For information about best food in the area, view our blog on eating in Boulder City.

Hoover Dam Driving Directions and Parking Information

Hoover Dam is located approximately 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, on the Nevada-Arizona border. The Dam does not have a street address, so directions are provided below.

Visitors with GPS navigators can use the coordinates: N 36.016222, W -114.737245 to locate the site.
Those who want to use an Internet map service should try one that allows input of landmark names instead of a street address.
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Driving Directions to Hoover Dam from Las Vegas — About 30 miles/45 minutes

• Take US Highway 93 South and continue about 20 miles to Boulder City
• In Boulder City, take a left at the second stoplight in town (there are only 2 of them)
• Continue on US 93 for about 5 miles (just past the Hoover Dam Lodge) to the turn-off to Nevada State Route 172 – the Hoover Dam Access Road
• Take NV SR 172 for about 2 miles to the Dam on the Nevada/Arizona border

(Note: Visitors who wish to continue travel into Arizona must re-enter Nevada and access Highway 93 to cross the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge; the roadway across Hoover Dam is no longer open to through-traffic.)

Traffic Advisory: Motorists can expect periodic delays on Highway 93, especially during holiday travel times. Also, all vehicles are required to undergo a security inspection prior to crossing the dam.

A 459-space parking garage is located on the Nevada side of the dam set into a canyon across the road from the Visitor Center. The parking garage charges a $10.00 fee.

Access to the Visitor Center is most convenient from this parking garage. However, oversized vehicles, recreational vehicles, and vehicles with trailers must use the parking lots on the Arizona side of the dam.

In Arizona, the closest lot to the dam (to the left of the roadway as you enter Arizona) requires a $10.00 fee. The other 4 parking areas further up the canyon have no fees, but require a lengthy walk to access the Visitor Center on the Nevada side. (The crest of the dam is nearly a quarter-mile long.)

What to do when visiting the Hoover Dam

Drive across the Dam for free: The old road over the Hoover Dam is open for tourists who want to drive across the dam and use the parking lots on the Arizona side of the river, but visitors will have to drive back across the dam and up to the interchange near the Hoover Dam Lodge to get back onto U.S. 93. The highway no longer connects to the dam in Arizona.

Walk across the new Mike O Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge at The Hoover Dam. You can park for free and walk across the bridge. That said, there are many stairs involved to get to the top where the bridge is. The bridge is 1,900 feet long and at 880 feet over the Colorado River, it is the second-highest bridge in the United States and the highest concrete-arch bridge anywhere. (The bridge is named for Mike O’Callaghan, a former Nevada governor and executive editor of the Las Vegas Sun, and Pat Tillman, an Arizona Cardinals football player who joined the Army and was killed in Afghanistan. Both died in the spring of 2004.)

FYI: If you drive across the bridge, the bridge’s sidewalls are too high to see the dam or much of anything else. That helps to prevent people from slowing down or stopping on the bridge’s travel lanes so that is great for traffic; however, also means that you need to park and walk to see the Hoover Dam from the bridge.

The Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which crosses the Colorado river to allow traffic from Nevada to Arizona

The Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which crosses the Colorado river to allow traffic from Nevada to Arizona

Tours at the Dam:

The Dam Tour

The Dam Tour includes a 1-hour guided tour of the powerplant and passageways within the dam itself, and admission to the Visitor Center;The first Dam Tour is offered at 9:30 a.m. (Pacific Time); tours continue every half hour throughout the day until 3:30 p.m. For additional information about this tour, click The Dam Tour link above.

Hoover Dam Powerplant Tour

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. It takes about two hours to discover all the features at Hoover Dam. The Powerplant Tour includes a 30-minute guided tour of the powerplant only, and admission to the Visitor Center.

Tickets may be purchased on-site from 9:00 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. (all times are Pacific Time), or visit the Ticket Vendor — Denison Parking — to purchase them in advance. For additional information about this tour, click The Hoover Dam Powerplant Tour link above.

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