Guide To Visiting The Hoover Dam In The Spring

The Hoover Dam.

People come to Las Vegas at all times of the year because Vegas is an exciting place to visit with all of its non-stop entertainment. People also make it a point to go during holidays when they have time off from school and work. So, they will often visit the Las Vegas area in the spring due to holidays like Easter and Spring Break (from school), which generally can be in March-April each year. It’s also a great time to see the Hoover Dam in the spring, and we’ll share some tips in this Hoover Dam guide to plan your next visit to Las Vegas.

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What are unique day trips from Las Vegas?

Gray Line offers exciting tours from Las Vegas throughout the year. We have several tour choices to see different sides of the Grand Canyon to the majestic Hoover Dam and even have Lake Mead cruise tours. Taking one of our bus tours from Las Vegas saves you the hassle of renting a car and allows you to watch the interesting scenery instead of focusing on driving. And you don’t have to worry about parking with Gray Line. Once you get there, you’ll feel ready to explore all the Hoover Dam offers. Plus, we pick up from most major hotels on the Las Vegas Strip and downtown.

Can I visit the Hoover Dam in the spring? 

You can visit the Hoover Dam in the spring months of March, April, or May because the weather will be much milder and less hot than in the summer. You’ll want to arrive early in the morning as this is an all-day sightseeing trip. By coming early in the morning, you’ll beat the crowds and catch the beautiful morning light. It’s a popular photographic opportunity you won’t want to miss. We recommend you wear sunscreen and a hat and bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. 

Is the Hoover Dam worth visiting?

Most definitely, it’s worth a visit because the Hoover Dam is only 37 miles southeast of Las Vegas, or about a 40-minute drive. It’s on the famous Colorado River in Black Canyon, which borders Nevada and Arizona. You’ll learn how the Hoover Dam was built and listen to fantastic facts while surveying the massive structure and surrounding natural mountain and desert scenery.

What can I see at the Hoover Dam?

  1. Start with the visitor center. It has a USD $10 entrance fee (admission is included with our Gray Line Hoover Dam tour). This is where you’ll learn about the fascinating history of constructing the dam. You’ll also see how important the Hoover Dam is to generating electricity in the American West.
  2. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the dam and learn about its inner mechanical workings — an engineering marvel. Admission is included with the Gray Line Hoover Dam tour (otherwise, it’s $15 separately).
  3. Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge rises 900 feet above the river with stunning views of the Mojave Desert and surrounding scenery. Learn who this bridge was named after and why it’s a salute to our American heroes.
  4. Beautiful Art Deco sculptures and murals abound inside the dam, showcasing artists from when the dam was created
  5. Lake Mead sits near the Hoover Dam, offering recreational activities such as boating, swimming, hiking, and fishing. Gray Line offers a unique 90-minute tour on the Desert Princess paddle boat.

With the Gray Line Hoover Dam tour, you’ll get 2 hours to explore and opportunities to take amazing photos from lookout points. We even make a quick stop at the historic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign as we start on the tour. Gray Line tours from Vegas are known as the best of the best with over 100 years of experience.

Hoover Dam facts

  • Hoover Dam is 726 feet tall and 1,244 feet long
  • Construction began in 1931, taking 5 years to finish
  • It was named after the American President, Herbert Hoover, who was in office from March 4, 1929 – March 4, 1933
  • Known as the Greatest Dam in the World, it was named a National Historic Landmark in 1985
  • Lake Mead was created because of damming the Colorado River to make the Hoover Dam
  • Hoover Dam is open year-round except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas
  • Visitor Center hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a gift shop and cafe. More information can be found on the Bureau of Reclamation website.

Grand Canyon tours from Las Vegas

The Grand Canyon during a sunset.

Learn how exciting a tour of the Grand Canyon can be from Las Vegas with Gray Line. Depending on how much time you have to spend in Las Vegas, you can book another day trip after the Hoover Dam tour to see the spectacular and awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. We’ll do the driving for you so you can relax. Choose one of our Grand Canyon tours for an unforgettable time. You can even view the Grand Canyon from a helicopter and capture stunning photos!

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