|Traffic Advisory: Hoover Dam is located approximately 1 hour southeast of Las Vegas, on the Nevada-Arizona border. During the spring and summer months, visitors can expect traffic delays of up to one hour or more.|
Hoover Dam is located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas on US Highway 93. From Las Vegas go southeast on I-515. I-515 turns into US-93, so just continue on until you reach the dam. A 400 passenger car parking garage is adjacent to the Visitor Center. The parking garage charges a $3.00 fee. Several Las Vegas based service providers offer bus service to Hoover Dam.
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Parking and access to the Visitor Center is most convenient from the parking garage on the Nevada side of the dam. Oversized vehicles, such as recreational vehicles, and vehicles with trailers will need to use the parking lots on the Arizona side of the Dam. From the parking garage walk toward the dam. A short distance from the parking garage you will find both an escalator and elevator that will take you down to the Reception Lobby where you can purchase your tickets for a tour or the exhibits.
Moving past the cashiers you will enter the visitor lobby. To the right you will see the Information Desk. There you will be able to get brochures, and if you are taking the Hard Hat Tour, this is where you get your hard hat. Straight out from the cashiers is the entrance to the theater. A 36 minute multimedia presentation about water use, early exploration of this area, and the construction of the dam is shown throughout the day. At times, a 25 minute film on the construction of the dam will be substituted for the multimedia presentation in the theater. The story of the Marble and the survey conducted on the Colorado River in 1922 is shown on a monitor next to the rest rooms. Rest room facilities are behind the Marble. At the far side of the visitor lobby, by the large windows, are the staging areas for the tours. Just look for the banner for your tour.
Before, or after, your tour you can visit the Exhibit Gallery. NOTE: If you have the last tour of the day, you need to view the Exibit Gallery BEFORE your tour, because the last tour gets out around 5:45 PM and the building closes at 5:45 PM. The Exhibit Gallery features interactive multimedia presentations about the construction of the dam and the ecology of the desert southwest. An observation deck is located on the upper floor of this level accessible by stairs and elevator. Concession facilities are located on the bottom level of the parking garage.
Several sculptures, commissioned by the Bureau of Reclamation, can be seen outside on the Nevada side of
Several sculptures, commissioned by the Bureau of Reclamation, can be seen outside on the Nevada side of the dam.
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