- In Black Canyon on the Colorado River, about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas
DescriptionHoover Dam is a testimony to a country's ability to construct monolithic projects in the midst of adverse conditions. Built during the Depression, thousands of men and their families came to Black Canyon to tame the Colorado River. It took less than 5 years, in a harsh and barren land, to build the largest dam of its time.
Now, more than 60 years later, Hoover Dam still stands as a world-renowned structure. The dam is a National Historic Landmark and has been rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America's Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders.
Ticket sales for the Discovery Tour will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. The visitor center will close at 5:00 p.m. To see it all, we recommend visitors arrive by 3:00 p.m. Pedestrians are prohibited from the top of the dam during hours of darkness.
Traffic Advisory: Hoover Dam is located approximately 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, on the Nevada-Arizona border. During the spring and summer school vacation periods, visitors can expect traffic delays of up to one hour or more.