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Single Day

1 Day - Northwest Mountains Tour -
Northwest Mountain Tour - 130+ Miles About 6 Hours

1 Day - Hoover Dam Discovery Tour
Hoover Dam Discovery Tour - 100 Miles About 6 Hours

1 Day - Premiere Valley Tour -MOST POPULAR SINGLE
Premiere Valley Tour - 180+ Miles About 7 Hours

1 Day - Southwest Mining Tour
Southwest Mining Tour - 296+ Miles About 9 / 10 Hours

Multiday

3 Days / 2 Nights
Light of Bryce Tour - 650+ Miles

3 Days / 2 Nights
High Desert Plains Tour - 800+ Miles

3 Days / 2 Nights - BEST 3 DAY RIDE!
Empire Canyons Tour - 750+ Miles

2 Days / 1 Night
Zion's Hidden Treasure - 500+ Miles

3 Days / 2 Nights
Zion's Hidden Treasure - 650+ Miles

3 Days / 2 Nights
Southern Utah's Wilderness Journey - 800+ Miles - (Seasonal)

Areas of Interest: Custom Group Tours
Bryce Canyon, Cedar Canyon, Capital Reef, Dixie National Forest, Grand Canyon North Rim, South Rim, Cedar Breaks, Eagle Valley, Zion National Park, West Zion Park, Historical Route 66, Sedona, Mining Town, Red Rock Canyon, Toiyabe National Forest, Valley of Fire, Hoover Dam, Oatman, California Cost, Redwoods, Sierras, Death Valley.

  • 2013 - Riding Season is over. However, there are detailed maps, free,  in the forum of every single one of these tours. Enjoy!
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Premiere Valley Tour Forum: Details / Roads 
About the Hoover Dam Discovery Motorcycle Tour :allalone:

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.

  • Powerplant Tour: The Powerplant Tour offers a combination of presentations by Reclamation guides (30-minute guided tour), audio and film presentations, exhibits and other media that provide a comprehensive view of the massive dam and its operations, as well as highlight many of the unique features around the site.
  • Extended Hoover Dam Tour: The Hoover Dam Tour offers a unique way to see, learn and appreciate what Hoover Dam is all about. This tour offers guided exploration into lesser known parts of the dam, and lasts longer than the Powerplant Tour.

    Note: The extended Dam Tour includes a 1-hour guided tour of the powerplant and passageways within the dam itself, and admission to the Visitor Center; the Powerplant Tour includes a 30-minute guided tour of the powerplant only, and admission to the Visitor Center.

Hoover Dam

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.

Winged Figures of the Republic - Hoover Dam

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.

Winged Figures of the Republic - Hoover Dam

A man represents the efforts of the building project of the Dam

A little about the construction deaths
Oskar Hansen's memorial at the dam which reads in part "They died to make the desert bloom."
There were 112 deaths associated with the construction of the dam. Included in that total was J. G. Tierney, a surveyor who drowned on December 20, 1922, while looking for an ideal spot for the dam. He is generally counted as the first man to die in the construction of Hoover Dam. His son, Patrick W. Tierney, was the last man to die working on the dam's construction, 13 years to the day later. Ninety-six of the deaths occurred during construction at the site. Many of the deaths were related to working in tunnels with heavy equipment not realizing they were being consumed by (carbon monoxide) poisioning.

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.

Man Scaling the representation of building Hoover Dam

On the Hoover Dam Discovery Tour there is plenty of time to take in the scenery along the edge overlooking the Colorado river.

Hoover Dam's Edge Walk

Inside the Mighty Hoover Dam Tour

Hoover Dam Generators

This was a nice treat one day as we watched the Big Horn Sheep scale the sides of these cliffs at
Hoover Dam.

Big Horn Sheep at Hoover Dam in Boulder City

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.

Hoover Dams new O'Callahagn - Tillman Memorial Bridge

Mike O'Callaghan  Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam Memorial Bridge

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.

Hoover Dam Bridge Crossing it

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!

Hoover Dam River Photo Bottom

The bridge rules seemed a bit distorted. Just Saying...

Bridge Rules & Fees for the O'Callaghan  Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge at Hoover Dam

On your way to the South Shores of Lake Mead above Hemmingway Harbor

Overlook at Hemmingway Harbor

Lake Mead Sunset View Overlook

Helicopter Ride Option -
They say they only charge $29 for a ride but this is only for a ride out over Lake Mead and back. The real Heli ride over the Black Canyon area is about $100.

 

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