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Hoover Dam Discovery
Hoover Dam Discovery takes riders around Boulder Basin at the southern side of Lake Mead Recreational Area, South Shores and Hoover Dam: Take a 30 minute foot walk of the Powerplant, so while you may be on a bike, quite a bit of time could be spent at the Dam vs. the Premiere Valley Tour, which is pretty much - Just 4 The Ride.
Depending on the time of year, either before or after Hoover Dam, have a meal at a local hotel then move into a slow paced relaxing ride around Lake Mead Recreational Area South Shores.
For the ambitious, there is an extended foot tour option called (Hoover Dam Tour) offered at the Dam itself which makes this about 1 hour with a walk of about 1 mile, which is an is an option for riders. This just extends the Powerplant tour by 30 minutes. Avoid farting in the elevators, they are crowded and quite musty already.
Either going in or on the way out, be sure and stop at the Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge at Hoover Dam. Take a short walk up the stairs or switchbacks (on foot). Definitely worth visiting first hand but not for the faint of heart and seems always be really windy, enough to blow off that nice John Deere hat!
It will take approximately 6 hours to complete the Hoover Dam Discovery Tour, 2 to 3 hours can be spent at the Dam itself.
There's an option for a Helicopter Ride a well.
Lake Mead water levels continue dropping as noted from the deposits left along the sides of the canyon. The water level hasn't seen the spill-over or the top of this white border since 1999.
As you're walking the areas of Hoover Dam You'll see an assortment of great photo opportunities.
Hansen's dedication plaza, on the Nevada abutment, contains a sculpture of two winged figures flanking a flagpole. Surrounding the base of the monument is a terrazzo floor embedded with a "star map". The map depicts the Northern Hemisphere sky at the moment of President Roosevelt's dedication of the dam. This is intended to help future astronomers, if necessary, calculate the exact date of dedication.
The 30 feet (9.1 m) high bronze figures, dubbed "Winged Figures of the Republic", were each formed in a continuous pour. To put such large bronzes into place without marring the highly polished bronze surface, they were placed on ice and guided into position as the ice melted.
A man represents the efforts of the building project of the Dam
A little about the construction deaths
Complementing Kaufmann and True's work, the Norwegian-born, naturalized American sculptor Oskar J.W. Hansen designed many of the sculptures on and around the dam. His works include the monument of dedication plaza, a plaque to memorialize the workers killed and the bas-reliefs on the elevator towers. In his words, Hansen wanted his work to express "the immutable calm of intellectual resolution, and the enormous power of trained physical strength, equally enthroned in placid triumph of scientific accomplishment", because " the building of Hoover Dam belongs to the sagas of the daring.
On the Hoover Dam Discovery Tour there is plenty of time to take in the scenery along the edge overlooking the Colorado river.
Inside the Mighty Hoover Dam Tour
This was a nice treat one day as we watched the Big Horn Sheep scale the
sides of these cliffs at
O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge at Hoover Dam from a distance. You can get a sense of how big this bridge is by the semi traveling across it.
It's interesting but when you are standing on top of it, it bounces up and down with the traffic, it's a bit nerve racking. In fact, we usually wait until a truck is coming then give the signal to blast his horn and watch people's reaction as they scream.
We didn't think this one particular tourist was overly brilliant (below). Notice the other pedestrian walking towards the wall, which most people do. One lady I was passing said to me, "OK, who's walking on the outside towards' the edge?" Another guy I was passing said, "I need to get the hell off this thing - RIGHT NOW". For myself, my stomach is queasy writing & thinking of this bridge. It makes me queasy for about 2 hours afterward. Can you handle it?
At the time of this writing, one person has jumped to their death. There is now talk of either closing it all together for pedestrians or building a cage over it.
As you can see from atop of the bridge, you'll get one heck of a view!
The bridge rules seemed a bit distorted. Just Saying...
On your way to the South Shores of Lake Mead above Hemmingway Harbor
Helicopter Ride Option -
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