Nevada: Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam

As some of you may know, I have now lived in Las Vegas for 7 years now… wow time sure does fly by!!! The craziest part is, that this was my first visit to Hoover Dam! I know, it’s only 30 minutes outside of vegas &  I’ve driven right past it most my life so why haven’t I been there before, lbh i don’t know.

This was just a quick trip and a self guided tour, given by ourselves, but we were still able to see and learn a lot.


If you opt out of the tour, like we did, then this visit to Hoover Dam will only costs ya $10,  for parking. Interested in taking the tour? Plan on $30. Military, Senior, or a child then make sure to ask for the discounted rates. Hey who doesn’t like to save a little money?! Of course if you are staying in Las Vegas and want to book a full day off surrounding city attractions then the prices will be different. I’d highly recommend combining this trip with a visit to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, but that’s another post! 😉

For those of you really looking to save – there is free parking on the Arizona side of the dam.


What is Hoover Dam?

This might sound like a silly question for some of you, but a lot of people don’t know what or where Hoover Dam is located. Hoover Dam was built from 1931 -1936. The original name was Beaver Dam, but soon after changed to Hoover Dam. Named in honor of Herbert Clark Hoover.

This location was chosen due to its ability to support a dam that size. They were looking to construct one that would control floods, administer the irrigation of water + produce power. The construction of Hoover Dam would be the first of its kind. Never in history had such a large concrete structure been built and to make things even crazier the process in which they planned to build it had never been done before!!

Back in 1931 there was very little resources and facilities nearby so this added to the stressors of taking on such a great challenge. I don’t want to give it all away so I will leave it at that.


Plan on a bit of walking. Oh yes they do have elevators to avoid the many stairs you will take leaving the parking structure. I highly recommend bringing water, sunblock, sunglasses, and a camera. duhhhh! Incase you left all that at home or at the top of those million steps – they have a cafe/ gift shop located by the front entrance. I will warn you, it’s pricey!!! We went to buy a small water for the ride back and it cost us $5.

Pictured below is a clock labeled Nevada time – this is located at one end of the Dam and on the other is Arizona Time. During certain months of the year you can stand on the stateline and be in two different time zones. Always a fun picture opportunity!


It’s nearly impossible to leave this experience without being totally impressed by the hard work, engineering, and ingenuity that was involved in the creation of this.


Have a beachin’ day!


Beachin’ Traveler


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