Lake Mead and Hoover Dam are two stops that you may consider stopping by on the way to Grand Canyon West.
Lake Mead is situated just 30 mins drive from Las Vegas. It is a man made lake, the largest reservoir in the world.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Serving Nevada, Arizona & California States
Hoover Dam Power Plant generates a lot of energy each year for use in Nevada, Arizona and California.
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.
Housing near neighborhood of Lake Mead, outskirt of Las Vegas City
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.
What I Found In The Gas Station Food Mart
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!
Bugs snacks in different flavor, Salt N Vinegar & Sour Cream & Onion. Both looks delicious to me, should I get two?
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!!
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!
Nearby Attractions :
- Grand Canyon West Rim – Skywalk
- Road Trip Grand Canyon West
- Las Vegas Strips
- Las Vegas China Town
- Las Vegas Mandalay Hotel Casino – Michael Jackson “One” show
- Calico Ghost Town