Hoover Dam & Lake Mead Tour

DurationDuration 8-12 hrs
DirectionTour Directions 1
tour Tour Stops 17


From Las Vegas to Lake Mead, this tour gives you a bit of everything – iconic spots in the city, a visit to Hoover Dam, a walk along the incredible bridge that towers over it mixed with some scenic drives, overlooks, and hikes.

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!

• Take a selfie at the “Welcome to Las Vegas Sign”
• Walk across The Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge
• Hike the Historic Railroad Trail
• Visit Boulder Beach at Lake Mead
• Check out the Little White Wedding Chapel


Recommended Start Time: Before 8:00 a.m.
Tour Direction(s): Counterclockwise Loop
Tour Starting Point(s): Las Vegas
Time to complete: 8-12 hours

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Tour Stops

Preview Audio

The Iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
Boulder City Hoover Dam Museum
Hemenway Park
Just How Big is Hoover Dam?

Tour Route

Important Travel Info

Safety & Etiquitte
Budgeting, Fees & Reservations
Time & Schedule
Suggested Packing List

If you are hiking alone, make sure that someone knows where you are.

Always take more water on a hike than you think you need - at least double what you would normally drink.

Keep track of young children (and pets) and make sure they don’t veer off a trail or climb too high on any of the rock formations.

There are no barriers and falls from very high places could occur if you’re not careful.

Do not count on a cell signal in any of the locations at Red Rock Canyon. You may not be able to call anyone or get a text to go through in a hiking emergency.

Beware of others on the Scenic Drive. This is a public, one-way road and open to bike riders, horseback riders, electric scooters and pedestrians.

$15 per car - one-day entry to Red Rock Canyon

$50 per car - full tank of gas 

$10-15 per person - picnic lunch, snacks, water and souvenirs

The scenic drive can be done in about one hour if you don’t leave the car; but what fun is that? Each stop not only features fantastic viewing areas and photo opportunities, but trailheads for your hiking pleasure. Even if you choose not to hike an entire trail, walking even just a few hundred feet and back along the start of a trail will give you even better views of the rock formations.

Car charger - Important!

Cell phone mount 

Charged, portable back-up charger - There is nothing worse than a dead cell phone when you’re in the middle of nowhere…or when you want to take photos.  

Hiking Boots

Sun Protection -  Sunglasses, a large hat for shade and to protect your face from burning and sunscreen are essentials for this tour.

Long pants - Even if it’s hot, it is recommended when hiking in the desert that you keep as much of your skin covered as possible to help protect it from the sun.

Long-sleeved shirt - Again, even if it’s hot, protect yourself from the severe sun and sudden cold gusts and changes in temperatures.

Light jacket/layers - The desert can get surprisingly and suddenly cool or cold in the early morning and evenings, and very windy, too.

Personal Locator Beacon if hiking alone.

Bug spray 

Small first-aid kit

Insulated water bottles - Have at least two on hand, especially if you want to keep your water cool. 

Snacks - Keep a protein bar or some nuts and crackers in your backpack in case you get hungry in the middle of a hike. 

Wet wipes/sanitizer

A good, positive attitude!

Tour FAQs

This tour has 15 stops. Check out the itinerary here for a complete list of stops and if you’re looking for more information to help plan your trip, here’s what you need to know before you go!

  • Car Charger/ phone mount - very important!
  • Layered Clothing - easy on and off layers are a must for changing desert temperatures.
  • Water bottle(s)
  • Hiking boots/ sneakers
  • Sunscreen protection - sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, long sleeves, long pants
  • Snacks
  • Bug spray
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer/ wet wipes
  • Hoover Dam Parking: $10 (but you do have the option of free parking)
  • Hoover Dam Guided Tour Tickets: $15 - $30 (or you can choose to walk around the dam free of charge without taking a tour)
  • Hoover Dam Exhibits: $10 (it is not mandatory to pay an entrance fee unless you want to see the exhibits.)
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area: $25 per vehicle (good for 7 consecutive days), or, your National Park Annual Pass is accepted
  • The Strat SkyPod Observation Deck: $30 (or less – this price varies, but parking is free.)

    • Hoover Dam is open daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. (except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). Tours run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last tour departing at 3:45 p.m.

    • Lake Mead is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Some beaches and other facilities are open dawn until dusk. Check in advance here

      Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. Just make sure that you follow the numbers in chronological order from where you are starting from.  If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience.

      No, this tour is only available in a counterclockwise loop. You’ll end the tour on the Las Vegas strip where you began! 

      Do you have other questions that we didn’t list here? 

      Feel free to message us through the in-app chat box, Facebook Messenger, our emailor give us a call at 1-888-250-2261. We will be glad to help and answer your questions as soon as possible!


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