Visit Hoover Dam – Day Trip

If you are staying in Laughlin and have a day where you want to get away from the hotel and casinos to explore the surrounding Tri-State area, there is no better destination than to visit to Hoover Dam! Visiting Hoover Dam should be on everyone’s Bucket List! If you don’t understand that last statement and you are cooped up in your hotel room before taking off for the casino or have a while before heading out for the buffet, take a look at just ONE of the videos (HERE) – then see if we are not right about editing your bucket list…

Colorado River water passes through Hoover Dam turbinesTRIVIA: Every drop of the Colorado River outside your hotel window passed through the turbine generators of the Hoover dam. That’s right, the entire flow of the Colorado River passes through the turbines. The only exceptions were in 1941 and in 1983 when Lake Mead rose so quickly, due to heavy rainfall, that the Hoover Dam’s spillways diverted excess water that could not be released in sufficient volume through just the turbines.

Plan for a WHOLE Day Trip to the Hoover Dam

Because the drive is about 90 minutes each way, this should be considered a “whole day trip.” If you leave Laughlin before 10:00 AM, you can be back in plenty of time to graze a Hotel/Casino Buffet, or plan on a wonderful dinner on the Laughlin side or across the river in Bullhead City. Frankly, however, most visitors who make it a point to get up and leave as early as possible say that is best: less traffic, less people, free parking spots available, no wait for the more-popular tours, etc.

Hoover Dam and Pat Tillman bypass bridge

2 for 1 Adventure: As of 2010 Visit the Hoover Dam and see the NEW Hoover Dam Bridge too!

When completed in 1935, the Hoover Dam (the Seventh Wonder of the World) cost $49 million dollars. In 2010, the new Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge (The Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge) cost $114 Million dollars and is a destination attraction all by itself. The bridge is a terrific platform to walk across to photograph the Hoover Dam and Colorado River –a stunning 900 feet below.

Hoover Dam bypass bridge under construction

Five Times more Expensive to build than the Hoover Dam – 2nd Highest Bridge in U.S.

The new Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge is the second-highest bridge in the United States, The Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge (Hoover Dam Bridge), is an arch bridge that spans the Colorado River between the states of Arizona and Nevada. The bridge now carries U.S. Route 93 traffic over the Colorado River.

It was the key component ($114 million) of the Hoover Dam Bypass project (total project cost of $240 million) which rerouted US 93 from its previous routing along the top of Hoover Dam and removed several hairpin turns and blind curves from the route. It is jointly named for Mike O’Callaghan, Governor of Nevada from 1971–1979, and Pat Tillman, a football player who left his football career with the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the United States Army and was later killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire. Yes! You can still drive across the Hoover Dam if you like…

Driving directions and map to Hoover Dam

Map to Hoover Dam from Laughlin, NV

Other Hoover Dam PAGES



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