HOOVER DAM
TOUR COSTRANGE FROM $12 TO $30
CLOSED HOLIDAYSTHANKSGIVING AND CHISTMAS
CLOSED DOWN TEMPORARILYDURING WORLD WAR II
Bordering Arizona and Nevada, the Hoover Dam has come to be one of the most visited US attractions. The dam plays host to just over one million people per year. Given its enormity, its presence and the wonder of its construction, the dam has been fascinating tourists since opening to the public in 1937. Over 1200 feet long and 726 feet high, this monumental concrete structure was completed within just five years. As it was built during the Great Depression, laborers looking for work flocked to the Black Canyon from all over the country.
The story of its actual construction is nothing short of amazing. In order for the massive dam to be built, the Colorado River actually had to be moved first. Thus, the project began with a series of small cofferdams along with diversion tunnels meant to reroute the entire river. Ultimately weighing 6.6 million tons, the dam consists of 4.3 million cubic yards of concrete and is capable of sustaining 45,000 pounds of water pressure per square foot.
  • TOURS

    There are a few different official Dam Tours that visitors can go on. The most comprehensive gives you a look not only into the power plant but also takes you through the passageways of the dam itself. There are also several viewing points and observations decks throughout, from which you can take in a number of Dam angles.

  • STREET LEVEL

    There is plenty to see before you even enter the Dam center. Immediately surrounding the Dam, tourists can check out huge bronze statues, the spillways, as well as the Old Exhibit Building which represents the first of many visitor centers available.

  • TOP OF THE DAM

    You may just opt to stroll the sidewalks along the top of the Dam. While tours conclude here, this area is free to visit. And this area certainly gives tourists some amazing views of the lake, river and dam itself.

THE WEATHER
  • Winters are cool with daily highs topping out around the mid-50s. Many of the tours and activities are outside so winter is generally not the best time to visit.

  • Spring is the dry season (even dryer than normal). It is a great season for visiting the park and exploring outdoors. April highs are in the upper-70s.

  • Hot dam! Summers are hot and crowded. Many families visit the dam during summer break, so it is generally a good season to plan around.

  • Fall is another fantastic time for visiting. October daily highs are around 80 degrees. Plus, you can miss the high-time of the summer visitors.