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  • Hours: Visitor Center is open daily 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Admission: Entrance fees are $5 per car or $3 per person. Lake fees start at $10 per vessel

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Lake Mead National Recreation Area

With its sharp craggy mountains, deep canyons and desert basins, you won't believe that Sin City is only a few hours away from the deserted, dramatic and often surreal scenery of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

There are many activities to do around and on Lake Mead; it's a peaceful and beautiful place to bike, kayak, water ski, camp, fish and hike. You can also scuba dive or go for a swim in one of the surrounding lakes.

Lake Mead and Lake Mojave are the two main destinations in the Lake Mead Recreation Area. Lake Mead is 110 miles (177 km) long and Lake Mojave is 67 miles (107 km) long. Because of their size, both are major destinations for boaters. The surrounding beaches, marinas, and campgrounds make the surrounding area popular for boater and non-boaters.

Practical Info

Lake Mead borders Arizona and Nevada and is the located just 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas. Lake Mead is really just a basin - albeit the largest drainage basin in the United States! - of the Colorado River as it flows into and up against Hoover Dam. 

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Grand Canyon All American Helicopter Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4870 Reviews

Take off from Las Vegas Airport on an exhilarating helicopter flight to the Grand Canyon. You'll enjoy a 45-minute helicopter flight each way, land deep in the ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $324.99
$418.99 Save $94.00

Lake Mead Exotic Car Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

On this Las Vegas adventure, tour the open roads near the Lake Mead National Recreational Area by Ferrari, Lamborghini or other exotic cars. Get a ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $504.99

Biplane Tour of Las Vegas Including Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Experience Sin City from a different perspective – from the air! On this exhilarating tour of Las Vegas aboard an open-cockpit biplane, admire incredible ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: Varies

From USD $348.99

Hoover Dam Top to Bottom by Luxury SUV with Colorado River Float

4.5 star rating: Recommended 86 Reviews

Travel to Hoover Dam from Las Vegas in style and comfort aboard a luxury SUV. Your experienced guide will share many points of interest along the way so you ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $161.99

Hoover Dam Tour With Lake Mead Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 255 Reviews

Take a tour of the mighty Hoover Dam, where you'll explore the inside of the dam, walk through a 250-foot-long tunnel and view the 650-foot-long Nevada wing of ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.99
$94.99 Save $5.00

Lake Mead Dinner Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 194 Reviews

Spend an enchanting Las Vegas evening on Lake Mead with a dinner cruise aboard a Mississippi River-style paddle-wheel steamboat, the Desert Princess. Enjoy an ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.99
$109.99 Save $10.00

Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ranch Adventure

Take a helicopter tour from Las Vegas and visit the exclusive Grand Canyon Ranch for a taste of the Wild West! Fly below the rim of the Grand Canyon and take ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $499.99

Lake Mead Stand-Up Paddleboarding Lesson

Learn stand-up paddleboarding on this half-day adventure to Lake Mead from Las Vegas. Practice balancing, moving forward and turning on your paddleboard under ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.99

Private Water Sports Package on Lake Mead

Experience fun and exciting water sport activities on this private charter at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Enjoy stunning desert surroundings with the ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: Varies

From USD $111.99

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