Arizona Trail North Rim Half Marathon and Tator Tot Trot 7 Mile
Hummingbird Banding Session
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Half Price Tours for Arizona Residents at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West until September 30
Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West is pleased to offer a 50% discount on all tours of Taliesin West until September 30 to Arizona residents. Use code AZRESIDENT to redeem on Zerve.com/TaliesinWest
CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION: Magic, Mystery, and OOOH La La!
STEP RIGHT UP and get ready to Laugh, Have Fun,and Celebrate a Magical Night! This is a Must-See for tourists and armchair travelers alike.
Explore more than 700 miles of shoreline at Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States. With a wealth of activities and a beautiful desert environment, this enormous lake can hold as much as 9 trillion gallons of water – giving you ample opportunity to boat, swim, fish and generally soak up the sunshine.
History & Nature
Long before Lake Mead was created – 8,000 to 10,000 years ago, according to archaeologists – early Native American peoples inhabited this region of the Mojave Desert, known for its wide expanses and rocky canyons.
All that changed in 1936 with the opening of the Hoover Dam – originally known as Boulder Dam – which transformed the flowing Colorado River into America’s first national recreation area, Boulder Dam Recreation Area. In 1964, it was renamed Lake Mead to honor U.S. Bureau of Reclamation commissioner Elwood Mead.
Things to Do
Lake Mead is a hub for some of Arizona’s best outdoor activities, catering to boaters, swimmers, sunbathers, skiers and anglers on its waters, as well as hiking, wildlife viewing and roadside sights just off its shores.
Home to thousands of desert plants and animals, the surrounding desert can also be a great location for wildlife photography. Or, break up days spent boating, fishing and swimming with a day or two of perfect Arizona golf at one of the courses near Lake Mead.
If you want to explore the outer reaches of the lake’s shoreline, a Lake Mead houseboat rental may be your best bet. From aboard your comfortable floating home, you can hike up distant canyons, relax on your own private sandbar, watch the stars come out over the desert or just enjoy Arizona’s natural beauty.
Hotels, Lodging & Camping
Located on Arizona’s West Coast, there are plenty of places to stay near Lake Mead. For hotels, nearby Kingman offers plenty of options. Within Lake Mead National Recreation Area, you’ll also spots for both tent and RV camping.