Hoover Dam is a day trip from Las Vegas or a stop on the way from northern Arizona to Nevada. If you are in the area it is worth the trip to see. You can view the the dam from several different vantage points.
Visitors can drive across, park and walk around, and take an inside tour of Hoover Dam. The bypass allows visitors to walk across the bridge and to view the dam from hundreds of feet above.
The Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge or as I shorten it to the Hoover Dam Bypass saves visitors many hours of driving time. The bridge is an incredible feat to see. It is the 2nd highest bridge in the United States. Over 800 feet above the Colorado River a person has incredible views from the walkway of Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. The construction of the bridge started in early 2005. It was completed in October of 2010.
You will have incredible views from the walkway of Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. The construction started in early 2005, and was completed in October of 2010.
Things to Do at Hoover Dam
- Walk across the bridge walkway to see the Dam from above
- Take a Tour of the Dam
- Walk across the Dam
From Arizona take the first exit after you cross the bridge, there will be a parking lot on your right. From here there is a paved path to the bypass bridge.
A pull out area offers different vantage points of Lake Mead and the Dam. The bypass bridge has such a high barrier on either side that it is possible a person who was not paying attention wouldn’t notice they were driving over Lake Mead.
The construction of this massive dam is impressive. If possible take the forty minute guided tours. You get a better understanding of the history of the dam and the people who made it possible.
It is fascinating to see the dam from the inside and learn about the people who built it.