Hoover Dam, a national landmark and world-renowned structure, is located about 30 miles from Las Vegas and attracts millions of visitors each year. The visitor center is open 9 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and is only closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
In the early 1930s, thousands of men and their families came to the Black Canyon desert to work on the construction of the dam. At the start, it was essential to protect the site from flooding while moving the Colorado River. Therefore, the workers had to build two cofferdams and four tunnels diverting the river resulting in faster construction.
Boulder City became home to the families and workers on the barren land with harsh living conditions while the men worked on the construction. Today Boulder City represents the history of the era with statues, events and museums regarding the building of the famous dam.
Hoover Dam named after our 31st President
Originally the dam was called Boulder Dam but was officially named Hoover Dam by congress after Herbert Hoover, our 31st President. He was an integral figure in handling challenges during the building of the dam.
Power supplied for three states
Hoover Dam remains one of the largest of its type in the nation. The facility generates nearly four billion kilowatt hours of hydroelectric power which is used in Nevada, California and Arizona. The Bureau of Reclamation maintains and operates Hoover Dam.
Enjoy a tour
There are many guided tours offered throughout the day ranging from 30 minutes for a power plant tour to about an hour for the complete tour of the dam. Tour tickets can be purchased online or at the site.