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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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Originally known as Boulder Dam, a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada. When completed in 1936, it was both the world's largest electric-power generating station and the world's largest concrete structure. It was surpassed in both these respects by the Grand Coulee Dam in 1945. It is currently the world's 35th-largest hydroelectric generating station.

This dam is named after Herbert Hoover, who played an instrumental role in its construction, first as the Secretary of Commerce and then later as the President of the United States. Construction began in 1931 and was completed in 1936, more than two years ahead of schedule. The dam and the power plant are operated by the Bureau of Reclamation of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, Hoover Dam was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.

Lake Mead is the reservoir created behind the dam, named after Elwood Mead, who oversaw the construction of the dam.

During the concrete-pouring and curing portion of construction, it was necessary to circulate refrigerated water through tubes in the concrete. This was to remove the heat generated by the chemical reactions that solidify the concrete, since the setting and curing of the concrete was calculated to take about 125 years if cooling was not done. Six Companies, Inc., did much of this work, but it discovered that such a large refrigeration project was beyond its expertise. Hence, the Union Carbide Corporation was contracted to assist with the refrigeration needs.

While working in the tunnels, many workers suffered from the carbon monoxide generated by the machinery there. The contractors claimed that the sickness was pneumonia and was not their responsibility. Some of the workers sickened and died because of the so-called "pneumonia". Most are uncounted on the official death list.

There were 112 deaths associated with the construction of the dam. There are different accounts as to how many people died while working on the dam and who was the first and last to die. A popular story holds that the first person to die in the construction of Hoover Dam was J. G. Tierney, a surveyor who drowned while looking for an ideal spot for the dam. Coincidentally, his son, Patrick W. Tierney, was the last man to die working on the dam, 13 years to the day later. Ninety-six of the deaths occurred during construction at the site. However, another surveyor died prior to construction, while surveying a potential location for the dam, and these statistics do not include other incidental and coincidental (heat stroke, heart failure, etc) deaths during construction

The Discovery Tour of Hoover Dam is where you experience the very pit of Hoover's mighty belly, seeing how it was constructed, and the impact this Dam has on the country. You can explore the shops, purchase souvenirs and other trinkets, get a bite to eat at the concession stands, watch a brief film about the history of the dam in a theater or just browse across edge of the dam. There are lots of little places to see around the west side of the Dam. We'll get most or our best photos from the east side, where there is usually lots of free parking.

  • Hoover Dam Visitors Center is open year round except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

NOTE: The Hoover Dam Employee Guided Tour should NOT be taken by anyone who suffers from claustrophobia or those with a pacemaker or defibrillators. The tour will be in confined spaces and around generators emitting electromagnetic frequencies.

Hoover Dam Rules

The New Bridge (Below): The Mike O'Callaghan Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, also known as the Hoover Dam Bypass, provides a crossing of the Colorado River for U.S. Route 93, linking the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona 1,600 feet (490 m) downstream from the Hoover Dam. The bridge is located approximately 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada and opened on October 19, 2010. You really can't see over the edge driving across it, as the concrete barriers along the edge of the lane are higher than normal, unless you're in a semi-truck. A missing perspective is that you can't really tell from the angle below just how high this bridge is but looks to be as twice as high as the dam. Felt uncomfortable driving across such a high bridge.

The first concrete-steel composite arch bridge built in the United States, it includes the longest concrete arch in the Western Hemisphere. The bridge is believed to be the second-highest in the nation, at 840 feet above the Colorado River. Built as part of the Hoover Dam Bypass Project, which successfully finished within budget at a cost of $240 million, the bridge portion cost $114 million.

Prior to the bridge opening you could access Hoover Dam from both the east and west, this is no longer the case. Just one way in and one way out. Hopefully this will put an end to the traffic that was backed up clear to Boulder City.

Hoover Dams new O'Callahagn - Tillman Memorial Bridge
 

Pedestrians are not allowed on the top of the dam during hours of darkness.

Pets are not allowed anywhere on site.

Food, chewing gum, canned drinks and drinks in cups are NOT allowed on the Dam or in the buildings. Water bottles are permitted.

Hoover Dam Power Plant Tour:
What is the "Hoover Dam Discover Tour"? The Discovery Tour is a motorcycle tour with a guided foot-tour down into the Dam by dam employees showing you it's internal structure. If you have never done this, we highly recommend it. The tours run all day long, every 1/2 hour. First come, first serve for this particular tour.

There are two different tours at the Dam, one is about an hour and the other 30 minutes - The Power Plant Tour.

Hoover Dam
Seventh Wonder of the World

Who has not heard of the legendary MIGHTY Hoover Dam. Seventh Wonder of the World of engineering. For many years you've been able to drive across the Dam as a throughway from either Arizona to Nevada, or from Nevada to Arizona. Being able to drive across Hoover without paying a fee, will not always be the case I am thinking once the overhead freeway is completed. Millions and millions drive across this Dam every year and over 1,000,000 people a year frequent the tours. There is a marker on Hoover Dam where you can stand with one foot on the Arizona side and one foot on the Nevada side to visit both states at once! A great place to advertise Levi's.

Below is some information that I've gathered over the years, mostly photos from activity around the Dam. Sadly, some of this you may not be aware of, or realize about the recent trials of the great Hoover Dam. It isn't holding much water up these days behind those mighty walls.

We've had 2 marina's on Lake Mead that had to close due to low water levels. The fact is, it doesn't make Hoover Dam a bit less interesting. It's still an amazing wonder of the world, truly a site to behold that will keep you thinking for days to come.

 

The photo above was taken December of 2008, the photo below was taken in February of 2006. In the span of just 2 years, notice the water level on the side of Hoover Dam as noted by the arrow below (compare). What does this mean? I don't know about how much water a 10' drop is in 2 years but would guess it to be substantial. The water level even as noted by the alkaline watermark on the side of the rocks attest to one honest fact, Lake Mead is in trouble and residents of Las Vegas are being squeezed harder and harder about water conservation. This is the reason why. We are running out of water. It isn't a joke, it's the real world that we live in today. Vegas Wash? Gone...

If it isn't water level's threatening Hoover, it's the threat of terrorism.

 
 
 
An Outstanding Photo of the Mighty Hoover Dam

 
This is a place people like to visit year round. Over 1,000,000 visitors annually take the tour.

 

 

As you can imagine, if there was construction happening at Hoover Dam, it would be a very big project and guess what, it was. Construction is everywhere around Las Vegas, all the time. The amazing construction project around the Dam is finished for the most part. During the bridge construction, high winds took one of the HUGE cranes shown below to the ground.

 

Imagine one of these guys coming down.

Strong wind gusts across Black Canyon on September 15, 2006 appear to have been the cause for the collapse of the "high-line" crane system used to carry people and materials at the bridge site. No injuries occurred. Limited work resumed in October 2006, but the cranes' collapse caused a two-year construction delay.

Hoover Dams new O'Callahagn - Tillman Memorial Bridge

03/26/2009 - Is that from the movie Contact?

Hoover Dams new O'Callahagn - Tillman Memorial Bridge

03/19/2010

Hoover Dams new O'Callahagn - Tillman Memorial Bridge

 
Photo overlooking the west ridge of Hoover Dam near a restricted area.

 
 
The opening of the Hoover Dam overpass has been a welcomed site for those wanting to cross the Dam, as traffic can get to be a problem - see below. There were times when traffic was backed up clear to Boulder City from people who wanted to see the dam and people needing to cross it. After 911, no trucks were allowed to cross. Today, all RV's and trailers are searched and all cars stopped.

 

The Hoover Dam visitors center and parking garage location. The parking garage holds only 400 vehicles, parking is very limited. Hoover Dam encourages the use of Tour Buses to come out and visit. We encourage the use of VVMT Motorcycle Tours.

 

Many aesthetic improvements have been made around the Dam of recent years to give it's visitors a much more pleasant experience.

 

Check points before and after crossing the dam must be crossed. Large Semi-Trucks are not even allowed over the Dam these days. As you can see, this handsome security guard is there to insure rules are followed and to check vehicles. Vehicles are pulled over and completely searched if they are crossing the Dam with any kind of cargo or Motorhome. If they refuse to be searched, they will not be allowed across and can turn you around.

Security Projects and Hoover Dam management are by a government controlled agency called the BUREAU OF RECLAMATION and has been handling these affairs, including the tours since 1931.


 

Another construction project on both the east and west side of the Dam is now over. The road leading down into the dam from the east has also been closed. The only entrance is from the west end now. One way in, one way out.


 

 

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