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Hoover Dam Nevada

Hoover Dam, Nevada

Hoover Dam is an engineering marvel and makes a great side trip from nearby Las Vegas. Hoover Dam is located in Black Canyon on the Colorado River. The dam is approximately 30 miles to the southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada.

It weighs more than 6,600,000 tons and is 726 feet from its foundation rock to the road at the top of the dam. The towers and ornaments rise an additional 40 feet from the roadway. Over a million people a year take the tour through the dam and many millions more drive across the dams crest.

Hoover Dam is open during the following times:

Parking Garage: Open 8:00 a.m. — Close 5:00 p.m.

Visitor Center: Open 9:00 a.m. — Close 5:00 p.m. Tickets sold until 4:15 p.m.

The Hoover Dam Visitor Center is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Note: To see it all, we recommend visitors arrive by 3:00 p.m. Pedestrians are prohibited from the top of the dam during hours of darkness.


Parking fee: $7.00. (cash only)


For reservation information about Hoover Dam tours during operating hours contact us at:

Tel: (702) 494-2517

Fax: (702) 494-2587

Toll free: (866) 730-9097

You can also visit the official Hoover dam page at the Bureau of Reclamation website.

Paddle Craft & Rafting Tours

Reservations and Access to the Launch Site

Directly below the Hoover Dam on the Colorado river is a site used to launch paddle craft like canoes, kayaks and personal rafts. You can use this launch site for an enjoyable tour down the Colorado river.

The area located around the launch site is a security zone and the access is limited. Therefore, if you wish to use the launch facilities you must first make a reservation with an authorized representative to transport your craft to the launch site. These authorized services can also provide rental craft if desired.

The Colorado river launch fees are $10 per person plus a $3 National Park Service entrance fee for adults age 16 and older. Shuttle service fees are determined by the individual outfitters.

Questions regarding launch permits should be directed to Black Canyon/Willow Beach River Adventures, a National Park Service concessionaire. This firm maintains an office in the Hacienda Hotel on Highway 93 near the dam, and can be contacted by phone at (702) 494-2204 between 10:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, for paddle craft reservations only. Their fax number is (702) 294-4464.

This concessionaire also provides raft trips down the river. The phone number for raft trips and other administrative information is (702) 294-1414.

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