Oasis in the Desert – Lake Mead & Hoover Dam at Nevada State, US Self Drive

Lake Mead Nevada

Lake Mead and Hoover Dam are two stops that you may consider stopping by on the way to Grand Canyon West.

Lake Mead

Lake Mead is situated just 30 mins drive from Las Vegas. It is a man made lake, the largest reservoir in the world.

Lake Mead Nevada

Many tourists who go to Grand Canyon West would stop by at Lake Mead because of the deep blue water. The reflection of surrounding mountains and canyons creates a wonderful landscape. It was an amazing site to have a huge lake in the middle of desert.

Lake Mead Nevada

Lake Mead is popular for boating, fishing and nature hikes. You can rent a kayak to explore the lake or just hike along the lakeshore trails, you get to see combination of desert bush and red rocks.

Lake Mead Nevada

Lake Mead Nevada

How Far is Hoover Dam?

From Lake Mead to Hoover Dam take you about 15 mins. You can see Lake Mead from the car but you won’t be able to see the Hoover Dam from the car because it was blocked by the big boulder of rocks.

Lake Mead Nevada

Purpose of Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam was built to help provide power and contain the flow of water. It also provide the water for cities and towns in Las Vegas. On top of that, also creating recreational areas.

Lake Mead Nevada

Hoover Dam Name

The original name of Hoover Dam was Boulder Dam as it was located at Boulder city (refer to below) but changed to Hoover Dam, renamed it after the President Herbert Hoover.

Lake Mead Nevada

Hoover Dam Plant Tour

The tour will bring you down to see the turbines and big engines. You will be walking through the dam tunnels and looking at the dam stairs and out the dam hatch and riding the dam elevators and finally to the top of the dam.

Lake Mead Nevada & Hoover Dam

Serving Nevada, Arizona & California States

Hoover Dam Power Plant generates a lot of energy each year for use in Nevada, Arizona and California.

Lake Mead Nevada & Hoover Dam

As Lake Mead and Hoover Dam is only 15 mins apart, you can do this together.  Just make a detour in while driving to Grand Canyon West.

Hotel Lodge is also available around Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.

Lake Mead Nevada & Hoover Dam

Housing near neighborhood of  Lake Mead, outskirt of Las Vegas City

Lake Mead Nevada & Hoover Dam

Petrol Station at Las Vegas

The gas company is called Terrible’s, one of petrol station located in Nevada area.  The gas station look super big, one side for heavy trucks and the other side for the normal sedan cars.

Terrible's Nevada Gas Station

Terrible's Nevada Gas Station

What I Found In The Gas Station Food Mart

Terrible's Nevada Gas Station

Poker Machines/slot Machines

Poker machines & sloth machines are easily access even at the food mart in gas station 🙂  Where are we again?  Nevada, Las Vegas!

Terrible's Nevada Gas Station

Crickets Snacks

Terrible's Nevada Gas Station

Bugs snacks in different flavor, Salt N Vinegar & Sour Cream & Onion.  Both looks delicious to me, should I get two?

Terrible's Nevada Gas Station

Alien Fresh Jerky

Buy some and chew in the desert!  Alien Fresh Jerky started recent 10 year partly due to inspiration from the secret nature – Area 51 which has connection with Aliens!!

Terrible's Nevada Gas Station

Final thoughts :

Drop by to Lake Mead and Hoover Dam if you have few days in Las Vegas, only 30 mins from the Strip Vegas.  You can do the two in a day and explore slowly around the lake with some lake activities.  After that you can explore Hoover Dam plant tour to get an insight experience of how the plant generate power in this desert area. The plant guide would explain some interesting fun facts and history about the plant.  Fees apply for entrance to Hoover Plant tour.

Don’t rush your tour in a day together with Grand Canyon West Rim.  That would be too rush because you need to reach Grand Canyon West Rim before noon so that you have a whole day to explore the canyon!

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31 Replies to “Oasis in the Desert – Lake Mead & Hoover Dam at Nevada State, US Self Drive”

  1. This trip is on my bucket list. I would love to take this road trip with my kiddos. I’m not sure if we’ll be brave enough to try the Crickettes though! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photographs!

  2. Beautiful picture s of the water! This place sounds pretty cool. I however don’t think I could bring myself to eat a cricket no matter the flavor lol

    1. The Mandalay Bay Casino Resort has very big convention center for business meeting. I am glad you made it to Hoover Dam last year! It is really a hidden gem, an oasis in the desert!

    1. Wow, I didnt know cats eat crickets?? I know my neighbor birds eat a lot of cricket per week. Is about 20 cents for one cricket, aren’t cheap but full of protein for the birds.

  3. Wow, what an incredible view! I’d love to visit here myself one day. There’s something so fascinating about seeing a little water oasis in the midst of a scorching hot desert.

  4. I went to Vegas years ago and visited Lake Mead and Hoover Dam while I was there. They were both a day trips but I wouldn’t mind going back and spending more time at both places. I didn’t stop at a has station but it would be funny to see slot machines there.

    1. Glad to know that you have wonderful time at Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, I agree with you going for a day trip for both places is a great idea. We should have another day to Grand Canyon West, dont try to put everything into a day, that would be too much! Slot machines in everywhere, even gas station has some, it is so accessible and convenient for people to gamble!

    1. Hoover Dam tour is great for learning tour for children and even adult could have so much fun learning about how the energy is generated and learn about the plant. The guide in the plant is humorous and crack jokes along the tour. You will enjoy it but lots of walking up and down.

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