Lake Mead National Recreation Area Tours

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It’s hard to believe that Sin City is only a few hours away from Lake Mead National Recreation Area, with dramatic and often surreal scenery of sharp craggy mountains, deep canyons, and desert basins. Coboldmprising the areas around Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, this recreation area attracts water sports enthusiasts, boaters, and nonboaters alike.

The Basics
Lake Mead National Recreation Area comprises the basin where the Colorado River flows into the Hoover Dam. Thrill seekers can take an ATV tour or explore Lake Mead by Jet Ski, while those looking to break a sweat can opt for a cycling tour or guided trail run along the lake shores. Mississippi-style paddle wheelers offer romantic dinner cruises, while some tours combine a visit to Hoover Dam with an afternoon boat ride on Lake Mead.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Lake Mead is a must-visit for adventure travelers and those looking for an escape from Las Vegas.
  • Always wear a life jacket when out on the lakes as conditions can change quickly.
  • Don’t forget to bring sun protection and plenty of water.
  • Wi-Fi is available at several locations throughout the park.
  • Several areas of the park, including Boulder Beach, Willow Beach, and Callville Bay, are wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
Lake Mead borders Arizona and Nevada and is located 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Las Vegas. The national recreation area has nine entrances, and the visitor center sits off U.S. 93 just southeast of Boulder City.

When to Get There
The recreation area is open daily throughout the year, though some beaches and other natural areas are day-use only. Spring and autumn offer the best daytime temperatures for outdoor adventure, while summer sees highs in the triple digits.

Attractions in the Lake Mead Area
Boulder City and Lake Mead NRA are located within a two-hour drive of several other attractions that can be visited in a day. The most popular is Hoover Dam, the engineering marvel responsible for forming Lake Mead. Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park and Spring Mountain Ranch State Park are both nearby, as is Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, popular among hikers.
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Hoover Dam Tour With Lake Mead Cruise

Visit the Hoover Dam and enjoy a boat ride on Lake Mead during this full-day excursion from Las Vegas. Travel to the Hoover Dam with your expert guide to learn about its history and inner workings. Visit the Nevada wing of the power plant and peruse the displays at the Visitors Center. Take a 90-minute cruise on Lake Mead, during which you'll enjoy lunch onboard. Stop at the legendary Ethel M Chocolate Factory on your trip back to Vegas.
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ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas

This fun-filled tour by ATV includes plenty of history and excitement. Venture into Lake Mead Recreation Area and see the Colorado River, Hoover Dam and the mines of Eldorado Canyon with your friendly, professional guide. Escape the bright lights and crowds of Las Vegas and journey off the beaten path on this nature-focused experience that highlights the best of the west.
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America the Beautiful - National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass

The US National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass is a convenient way for visitors to access more than 2,000 sites of incomparable wonder, from Mount St. Helens and the Grand Canyon to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and Red Rocks National Conservation Area. The 2019 america the beautiful - the national parks and federal recreational lands annual pass kit includes a National Parks annual pass, brochure and hang tag. A physical America the Beautiful - National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Pass will be issued through the mail - Please add your mailing address to Special Requirements upon checkout.
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Lake Mead Dinner Cruise

Feast on a sumptuous 3-course meal with a glass of bubbly during a dinner cruise on Lake Mead. Hop aboard the ‘Desert Princess,’ a Mississippi River–style paddle-wheel steamboat, and spend an enchanting evening viewing the sights of Hoover Dam. Sit inside or stroll the deck of the spacious three-level vessel, and be charmed by an exquisite sunset over the lake. Round-trip hotel transport from Las Vegas is included.
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Shooting and ATV Tour from Las Vegas with Optional Helicopter Flight

Head to Lake Mead National Recreation Area for an ATV and shooting adventure on this 7-hour tour from Las Vegas. You'll stop at the Hoover Dam for a photo op, ride down to the Colorado River on an ATV, and learn how to shoot a variety of guns. When booking, you have several shooting options to choose from to suit your preferences about how many guns you'd like to try, as well as the option to upgrade to add on a 90-minute helicopter ride and champagne landing at the Grand Canyon.
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Grand Canyon All-American Helicopter Tour

Departing from the Las Vegas Strip, see America’s most iconic natural wonder, the Grand Canyon. After hotel pickup by limousine, enjoy a 45-minute flight to the West Rim, flying over Hoover Dam, and then land on a canyon bluff for a glass of Champagne and snacks. On the return flight, zoom over the Las Vegas Strip for an aerial view of the city skyline. There and back in just a few hours leaves you plenty of time to enjoy Las Vegas for the rest of the day.
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Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour from Las Vegas

Escape to the Grand Canyon on this 4-hour sightseeing adventure. Enjoy a scenic 40-minute flight from Henderson to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, flying over the famous Hoover Dam, beautiful Lake Mead and majestic Colorado River. Then descend deep below the rim of the canyon to experience the breathtaking, one-of-a-kind view from a private bluff. Enjoy a Champagne toast with snacks to commemorate the moment, then travel over the Black Canyon on the return trip to Las Vegas. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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Ultimate Hoover Dam Tour

Visit the Hoover Dam on this all-inclusive tour from Las Vegas with a small group. With a knowledgeable guide, learn about the history and mechanics of the dam through engaging and informative commentary. Walk through the displays and exhibits at the Visitor Center, then take the Powerplant tour. The highlight is a 45-minute 'Walk on the Top'; this tour is one of the only excursions from Las Vegas to offer this feature. Round-trip transportation from select Las Vegas hotels and a restaurant lunch are included.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with West Rim Picnic

Escape to the Grand Canyon for this exciting 4-hour sightseeing adventure. Take a scenic 35-minute flight from Las Vegas to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, flying over Hoover Dam and beautiful Lake Mead along the way. Then descend 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) below the rim of the canyon to a private landing spot. Enjoy a Champagne picnic lunch, and soak up the view before the return trip to Las Vegas. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Grand Canyon West Rim Luxury Helicopter Tour

Need a break from bustling Las Vegas? Hop on board a helicopter for a luxury sightseeing tour to the Grand Canyon. Listen to informative commentary from your pilot as you get an aerial perspective on the majestic grandeur of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River. On the way, you'll also see landmarks such as Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Black Canyon and the Las Vegas strip. Your tour includes a 30-minute stop at the Grand Canyon West airport, with time for some quick shopping at a Native American gift boutique.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

You can’t visit Las Vegas without taking in the spectacular site of the majestic Hoover Dam! A true marvel, the dam was constructed in less than five years during the Great Depression by thousands of men who ventured into Black Canyon to harness the power of the mighty Colorado.
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Ultimate 3-in-1 Grand Canyon Tour

What’s the ultimate way to have a Grand Canyon experience from Las Vegas? Try this exciting, 6-hour combo tour. Enjoy a scenic 45-minute airplane flight to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, flying over Hoover Dam and Lake Mead along the way. Then climb aboard a helicopter to descend into the canyon for a one-of-a-kind view. Lastly, experience the breathtaking views from Eagle Point and Guano Point. As an added option, visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk for a unique photo opportunity. One meal and Las Vegas hotel pickup/drop-off included.
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Skip the Line: Grand Canyon Skywalk Express Helicopter Tour

Try this exciting Grand Canyon Skywalk helicopter tour, and also get time on the ground to experience the stunning views. Enjoy a scenic 45-minute flight from Las Vegas to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, and see the Hoover Dam, the Mojave Desert, Lake Mead, and the Colorado River along the way. Then land at Eagle Point, home of the Hualapai Indian Nation and the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Souvenir photo and limousine hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Hoover Dam Hummer Tour

Travel to the Hoover Dam in a luxury Hummer H2 during this 4-hour excursion from Las Vegas. On the approximately 45-minute ride, watch an informative DVD on the Hummer's state-of-the-art media system that will give you background on the dam and prepare you for your tour. Upon arrival, take the Discovery Tour, an experience that includes riding an elevator 500 feet (152 meters) into the depths of the Black Canyon's walls to check out the power plant generators.
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Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane Tour

Fly above the Grand Canyon’s spectacular West Rim on a 1-hour airplane tour from Las Vegas, and get aerial views of Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam and the powerful Colorado River. Enjoy unobstructed lines-of-sight from the sightseeing plane’s panoramic windows and experience the full scope of the desert landscape; swoop above the canyon’s most iconic viewpoints, then fly back to the Boulder City airport for a transfer to your Las Vegas hotel.
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Valley of Fire Hiking Tour from Las Vegas

On the outskirts of Vegas, once the neon lights fade and the sound of traffic is replaced by the rush of the wind, the Valley of Fire is a geologic wonder that’s best explored on two feet. On this Valley of Fire hiking excursion, marvel at Native American petroglyphs that are believed to be 3,000 years old, and enjoy the multihued desert scenery in Nevada’s oldest state park. You’ll also pass Lake Mead and the Moapa Indian Reservation. This small group tour lasts either 4, 5, or 6 hours — depending on the difficulty of hike you choose.
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Grand Canyon West Rim Deluxe Sunset Helicopter Tour

Fly to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon on a sunset tour by state-of-the-art helicopter, including round-trip transport from Las Vegas by limousine. With a 45-minute scenic helicopter flight each way, you’ll enjoy landing on a private bluff in the Grand Canyon for a glass of Champagne and a basket full of snacks while you watch the sun start to set behind the walls of the canyon. Listen to recorded commentary on sights such as the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead aboard your 6-passenger helicopter. On your return, soar low over the neon-lit Las Vegas Strip.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Extended Grand Canyon West Rim Air-Only Helicopter Tour

Fly to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, and soar over the canyon walls into its mysterious depths on this 70-minute scenic flight from Las Vegas. Marvel at sights such as the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and Fortification Hill from above, then feel the exhilaration of flying along the rim of the Grand Canyon. Choose from several departure times for this tour, which includes round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Bootleg Canyon Zipline Tour

Feel the adrenaline rush of soaring from the top of a desert mountain on this guided, 4-hour zipline tour at Bootleg Canyon, Boulder City’s newest eco-adventure. Enjoy spectacular views of Las Vegas, Lake Mead and the Eldorado Valley on 1.5 miles of zipline cable atop Red Mountain. Led by a knowledgeable and athletic professional guide, this tour emphasizes safety and provides all the necessary equipment. Bottled water plus a pickup and drop-off from the Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas included.
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Viator VIP: Grand Canyon Sunset Helicopter Tour with Dinner

Treat yourself to a VIP experience of the Grand Canyon with a 5-hour, luxury sunset helicopter tour and gourmet dinner. Every detail has been perfected for this exclusive tour that can’t be booked anywhere else, from the Mercedes transport in Las Vegas to the scenic sightseeing tour by helicopter from Boulder City. Fly over Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, and land at the Grand Canyon's West Rim for a delicious dinner outdoors, complete with table linens, fine china, flower arrangements, Champagne, and the sunset.
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Deluxe Grand Canyon All-American Helicopter Tour

Experience one of America’s natural wonders with a scenic helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon. This low-level flight takes you past the Hoover Dam, extinct volcanoes, and stunning Lake Mead, as well as over the glittering Las Vegas Strip. Your half-day tour includes a glass of Champagne at 3,200 feet (960 meters) below the canyon rim and allows plenty of time for an afternoon exploring after your flight concludes.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Hoover Dam VIP Tour from Las Vegas

Enjoy an educational and entertaining trip to Hoover Dam on this guided, 5-hour, small-group sightseeing adventure from Las Vegas. Visit the Hoover Dam Visitor Center and Generator Room, enjoy an informational movie and check out the view from the top of the dam and Lake Mead. Learn about the history of Hoover Dam, with an abundance of staggering facts. On the return trip to Las Vegas, make a short visit to a local park where herds of bighorn sheep typically graze. All entrance fees, snacks and bottled water are included.
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Grand Canyon West Rim Self-Drive SUV Day Trip from Las Vegas

Customize your Grand Canyon experience during this self-drive SUV day trip from Las Vegas. Explore one of America’s greatest natural wonders with a full tank of gas and a map and driving directions in hand. Enjoy the freedom of travel without timetables and follow your own schedule with this popular package. Minimum of two people required per booking.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Viator Exclusive: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Optional Below-the-Rim Landing and Skywalk Upgrade

What’s the ultimate way to have a Grand Canyon experience from Las Vegas? Try this exciting 7-hour helicopter tour. Enjoy a scenic 45-minute flight from Las Vegas to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. Take in the breathtaking views from the overlooks at Eagle Point and Guano Point. As added options, visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk for a photo opportunity or swoop down to the base of the canyon to experience the stunning views from below. Lunch and Las Vegas hotel pickup/drop-off included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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