Get face-to-face with one of the world’s most remarkable manmade structures, and discover how it was built. Named for President Hoover, one of the project’s original proponents, the Hoover Dam is still one of the largest hydroelectric power facilities in the country today.
Spanning the Black Canyon along the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada, the Hoover Dam is one of the Seven Wonders of the Industrial World. Since 1936, the immense dam has provided hydroelectric power to Arizona, California, and Nevada.
What makes the dam truly special is that you can get up-close. Take the winding road down and drive over the dam, with the beautifully blue Lake Mead on one side and the stunningly rugged canyon walls on the other. Tour the inside of the dam and power plant to see just how it provides 4 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity each year. Take note of the architectural details that are an elegant Art Deco-style with Navajo and Pueblo motifs.
The Hoover Dam is less than 20 minutes away from Lake Mead, where you’ll find lots of lodging options. Or consider taking a day trip from Kingman, which is about an hour’s drive, or from Lake Havasu City, a little over two hours away.
Daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Visitor’s Center Admission:
There is also a $10 parking fee.