Hoover Dam Half Day Group Tour Experience
Las Vegas is considered a fun hub for just about everyone. Families, singles, and couples find plenty to do in this desert city. If you want to break away for a while and see the surrounding landscape, you have come to the right place.
Canyon Vegas Tours offers half-day group tours from Vegas to the Hoover Dam that you won’t want to miss. Not only are they family-friendly, they also include meals and our money back guarantee. Why rent a car to visit the Hoover Dam when you can conveniently be picked up and dropped off at your hotel in one of our luxury vans or tour buses?
Not only will you enjoy comfortable and cushioned adjustable seats, you can view the passing desert landscape from panoramic windows. Our Hoover Dam half-day tours will get you to your destination in about 45 minutes.
Taking a Tour of the Power Plant and Dam
On your way to the dam, your friendly and knowledgeable tour guide will provide you with interesting details about the dam’s history and construction. You can choose to take a power plant tour (approximately 30 minutes) or an hour-long guided tour of the power plant and the dam.
However, visitors are served on a first-come, first-serve basis, and you cannot make tour reservations ahead of time. Only 20 people can take a tour at one time. A tour through the dam and power plant is about a mile long, and involves walking on hard concrete. Therefore, make sure you are wearing footwear that is kind to your feet.
Learning More about the Hoover Dam
Naturally, it helps to know something about the dam before you arrive, or during your visit. Our friendly travel guides have all sorts of information to share. For example, Boulder City, close to the dam, was originally constructed for the dam workers. The dam is 725 feet high, 1,244 feet long, and is 45 feet thick at the top and 650 thick at the base.
When It All Began
While the idea for the dam came about in 1900, Congress did not pass a law to build the dam until 1928. Construction began in 1931 and ended in 1936.
Why the Dam was Built
The reason the dam was built was to control flooding, provide power, and supply water for irrigation and residential use.
A Large Concrete Structure
The concrete used to build the dam is enough to construct a two-lane highway, spanning from San Francisco to as far as New York City.
The dam can provide as much as 1,345 megawatts of electric power, and can produce as much as 4.2 billion kilowatt hours (KWh) in a year. It took $49 million to build the engineering marvel. It would cost $811 million to build a similar dam today.
A Massive Use of Labor
Of the 10,000 workers who built the dam, 100 died during the construction.
The Design of the Dam
The dam is designed as an arch-gravity dam, which means it curves and narrows, so water moves against the canyon’s walls.
Because Hoover Dam sits next to Lake Mead and the Lake Mead Recreation Area, you have some great opportunities for picture-taking. You can upload these images to Instagram and Facebook, and share your day trip with your family and friends.
The Best Places to Take Pictures
The Colorado River Bridge
This bridge is also popularly known as the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. The bridge is unique as it is the longest concrete bridge of an arch design in the Western Hemisphere. You can take some great photos here. If you walk the bridge, you will find a plate in the concrete that notes the state line, or the Arizona-Nevada border.
Stand at the state line, and you can tell friends you stood in Nevada and Arizona at the same time. Take a picture to record the experience. You are also standing in two time different zones.
You will also want to take plenty of pictures of Lake Mead, the reservoir that is located on the Arizona-Nevada side of the Grand Canyon. Another reservoir, Lake Powell, sits on the Utah side. Named after Dr. Elwood Mead, the Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner from 1924 to 1936, the artificial lake was filled after the Hoover Dam was built in 1935.
Making the Name Official
While the dam was known as the Boulder Dam at that time of its construction, it was later called the Hoover Dam in 1947 to commemorate the 31st U.S. President Herbert Hoover. Hoover was also an engineer. The name was made official by a joint resolution of Congress.
Art Deco Styling
While visiting the dam, you also want to take pictures of some of the structure’s Art Deco motifs. Native American animals and plants, in the Art Deco style, embellish the dam’s exterior and spillways.
Planning Your Day Trip Adventure
To prepare for your half-day trip to the Hoover Dam, call Canyon Vegas Tours several weeks in advance of your Vegas trip. Doing so will make it easier to plan your Vegas itinerary and will give us the lead time we need to ensure a safe and pleasant adventure.
By taking a luxury bus and participating in a group half-day tour of the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, you can sleep in a little later and still have time to savor dinner at a Vegas restaurant or catch a show that night. Our half-day tours begin at 9:00 AM and end at 5:00 PM, giving you ample opportunity to explore the dam and easily make other plans.
Canyon Vegas Tours will pick you up from and drop you off near or at your Las Vegas hotel. After that, the adventure begins! We’ll make sure you have something to eat and plenty of water to rehydrate from the desert heat. Enjoy an air-conditioned journey when the temperature climbs, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.
Are You Pressed for Time?
Whether you want to arrange a small group walking tour or simply schedule a trip and explore the Hoover Dam yourself, we can accommodate your trip request. You will spend approximately 4.5 hours at the dam, which will give you plenty of time to take a tour, enjoy a picnic lunch, or take pictures. If you are pressed for time, this is the trip to take.
Call Canyon Vegas Tours Now
Call Canyon Vegas Tours today to arrange a day trip that will add to the excitement of seeing Las Vegas and participating in its myriad of activities. Remember, if you want to ensure your reservation, book ahead of schedule.
Make your Las Vegas adventure stand out by learning more about Canyon Vegas Tours’ Hoover Dam Half Day Group Tour Experience. Call today for further details and to book a trip during your Vegas holiday.
I heard of the Hoover Dam but never knew how magnificent it really was. The perfect tour, a half day left me time to combine it with a dinner and show. What a fun experience. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! I will tell my friends.