From the Lake Mead Overlook, you’ll be transported to the Colorado River by van on the Lower Portal Road, where you’ll see the original gauging station used to measure water level and flow and dynamite storage bunkers used during construction. Then, a guided Colorado River float tour by raft will offer a close-up view that few people have ever seen of Hoover Dam, mighty power plants and Black Canyon. You'll also learn uncommon historical facts and get an astounding view of the Hoover Dam Bypass project and see construction of the nearly 2000-foot-long bridge spanning 900 feet above the river.
Upon arrival at the Hoover Dam, you will be issued a Discovery Tour Ticket (included in tour price) to receive access to all Dam attractions, such as an elevator ride 500 feet down into the Dam to tour the expansive generator room. The Discovery Tour is designed to offer ample time to explore this historic landmark. Bring your camera for plenty of photo opportunities—you might catch a glimpse of the majestic desert big horn sheep!
CLASSIC BY JEEP
See the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the Colorado River
Travel to Hoover Dam in style and comfort aboard a custom Tour Trekker, led by an experienced and informative guide. See live presentations, a fascinating film on the Dam's construction and history, an exhibit gallery and the observation deck. You’ll also venture down to the observation room in the power plant to view the massive generators, and you’ll encounter dramatic views of both the Colorado River and Lake Mead -- the largest manmade body of water in the Western Hemisphere.
LAKE MEAD +
HOOVER DAM TOUR
See Lake Mead, Fortification Hill, Boulder Island and more
Climb aboard the air-conditioned “Desert Princess” and tour the waters of Lake Mead. You’ll enjoy a two-hour visit to the Hoover Dam, as well as a bonus stop at the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign! Created when Hoover Dam was built to tame the Colorado River, Lake Mead is the largest man-made lake in the United States. On board this 300-passenger, Mississippi-style paddle wheeler, you’ll see the colorful Arizona Paint Pots, Fortification Hill and Boulder island; plus, you’ll take the Bureau’s Power Plant Tour.
See the Hoover Dam, the Arizona spillway and the Arizona Lookout
Experience one of the engineering wonders of the world – the Hoover Dam. When completed in 1935, it was both the world’s largest electric power producing facility and the world’s largest concrete structure, and it is currently the world’s 34th largest hydroelectric generating station. During the tour you will be able to view the seventeen turbine-generators that produce up to 2,074 megawatts of hydroelectric power. You’ll also see the Arizona spillway and the Arizona Look Out.