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Lake Mead National Recreation Area Tours

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Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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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34 Tours and Activities to Experience Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las VegasDay Trips

ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas

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This fun-filled tour by ATV includes plenty of history and excitement. Venture into Lake Mead Recreation Area and see the Colorado River and the Hoover Dam 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. Cap off your day with a fun ride on the World's Largest Monster Truck Limousine.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Hoover Dam Hummer Tour from Las VegasFull-day Tours

Hoover Dam Hummer Tour from Las Vegas

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Travel to the Hoover Dam in a luxury Hummer H2 during this half-day excursion from Las Vegas. Upon arrival, take the Discovery Tour, an experience that includes riding an elevator into the depths of the Black Canyon's walls to check out the power plant generators.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Hoover Dam Tour from Las VegasDay Trips

Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

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You can’t visit Las Vegas without taking in the spectacular sight 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. Upgrade your tour to include a visit to a chocolate factory or a paddleboat cruise on Lake Mead.
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  • 9 hours
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Deluxe Small-Group Half-Day Hoover Dam Tour from Las VegasHiking

Deluxe Small-Group Half-Day Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

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Visit Hoover Dam on a tour from Las Vegas that includes round-trip transportation for convenient access to this National Historic Landmark. In either the morning or afternoon (select tour time when booking), explore the dam from the inside out to learn about its history, engineering and function on the Colorado River.
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  • 4 hours
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Ultimate 3-in-1 Grand Canyon TourDay Trips

Ultimate 3-in-1 Grand Canyon Tour

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What’s the ultimate way to have a Grand Canyon experience from Las Vegas? Try this exciting combo tour. Enjoy a scenic 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. Las Vegas hotel pickup/drop-off included.
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  • 7 hours
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Hoover Dam Top to Bottom by Luxury SUV with Colorado River FloatDay Trips

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

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Set out from your Las Vegas hotel in a luxury SUV to the Hoover Dam, a remarkable National Historic Landmark. During the ride, learn about several points of interest from your experienced guide as you relax in comfort and style. Get a bird's-eye view of the dam on the observation deck and float along the Colorado River for even more views.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Valley of Fire & Hoover Dam Photo Tour from Las VegasDay Trips

Valley of Fire & Hoover Dam Photo Tour from Las Vegas

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Tour the Valley of Fire with a guide and get the best possible photos of the otherworldly landscape on this photography tour. With round-trip transportation from Las Vegas included, there's no need to rent a car and you can enjoy the scenery on the journey. Spend the day exploring the unique landscape and capturing photos of the area's flora, fauna, and natural formations.
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  • 8 hours
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Lunch Horseback Riding TourNature and Wildlife

Lunch Horseback Riding Tour

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After meeting the pretty horses onsite a guide will mount you on a calm horse for a fun adventure through the mountains. The trail area is called Rainbow Gardens because of its beautiful backdrop of surrounding mountains and canyon landscape. In fact the geologic layers that help make the Grand Canyon so spectacular are exposed at our trail site. With the areas significant historic, cultural and scenic vistas you can relax while your knowledgeable guide and highly trained horses show you the area that once was rode by pioneers that settled Las Vegas. Upon request our guides will snap some "action shots" of you and your group enjoying the ride. Great for showing your friends and family your horseback riding adventure. Lunch includes choice of with Beverage. The tour is approximately 2 hour including Meal time.
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  • 2 hours
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Grand Canyon West Rim Luxury Helicopter TourNature and Wildlife

Grand Canyon West Rim Luxury Helicopter Tour

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Hop onboard 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 stop at the Grand Canyon West airport, with time for some quick shopping at a Native American gift boutique.
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  • 3 hours
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Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Optional Below-the-Rim Landing and SkywalkDay Trips

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Optional Below-the-Rim Landing and Skywalk

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What’s the ultimate way to have a Grand Canyon experience from Las Vegas? Try this exciting helicopter tour. Enjoy a scenic 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. Las Vegas hotel pickup/drop-off included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Extended Grand Canyon West Rim Air-Only Helicopter TourNature and Wildlife

Extended Grand Canyon West Rim Air-Only Helicopter Tour

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Fly to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, and soar over the canyon walls into its mysterious depths on this 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.
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  • 4 hours
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Mountain Bike Historical Tunnel Trail to Hoover Dam from Las VegasDay Trips

Mountain Bike Historical Tunnel Trail to Hoover Dam from Las Vegas

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Ride a bicycle on one of the Las Vegas Valley's best bike paths during this full-day eco-tour from Las Vegas. Follow your adventure guide to the famous Hoover Dam and enjoy panoramic views of Lake Mead. All mountain biking equipment, a picnic lunch, bottled water and round-trip transportation from Las Vegas hotels is included.
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  • 7 hours
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Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour from Las Vegas with Champagne & Light PicnicAudio Guides

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour from Las Vegas with Champagne & Light Picnic

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Escape to the Grand Canyon on this exciting 3.5-hour sightseeing adventure. Enjoy a scenic 45-minute flight from Las Vegas to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, flying over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Black Mountains, Grapevine Mesa Joshua Trees Forest, and Grand Wash Cliffs Wilderness along the way. Then descend 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) below the rim of the Grand Canyon to a landing spot at the base. Enjoy a Champagne picnic lunch, and soak up the breathtaking views before the return trip to Las Vegas. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
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Small-Group Hoover Dam VIP Tour from Las VegasDay Trips

Small-Group Hoover Dam VIP Tour from Las Vegas

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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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  • 5 hours
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Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Champagne ToastNature and Wildlife

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Champagne Toast

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Fly like a VIP to the Grand Canyon on a round-trip helicopter ride of a lifetime. Toast to your aerial adventure from Las Vegas or Boulder City with a Champagne picnic on the canyon floor—4,000 feet (1,219 meters) below the West Rim. You’re transferred between your hotel and the executive terminal with fast-track check-in for an early morning, late morning, afternoon, or sunset flight. Cast your gaze over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Grapevine Mesa, Joshua Tree, and the Grand Wash Cliffs Wilderness while listening to your pilot’s commentary.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Grand Canyon West Rim Self-Drive SUV Day Trip from Las VegasDay Trips

Grand Canyon West Rim Self-Drive SUV Day Trip from Las Vegas

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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.
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  • 1 day
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Grand Canyon West Rim Flight with Hoover Dam Tour from Las VegasDay Trips

Grand Canyon West Rim Flight with Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

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Visit a man-made wonder and a natural phenomenon on a half-day tour from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam, including a trip in a fixed-wing plane. Enjoy views of the Colorado river as you soar above the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, and capture unforgettable images of the desert landscape. See the soaring face of Hoover Dam from the air, then explore the dam’s interior on a guided tour that goes deep into the walls of the Black Canyon before returning to Las Vegas.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Grand Canyon Western Ranch Experience with Helicopter Tour and Optional Horseback RideDay Trips

Grand Canyon Western Ranch Experience with Helicopter Tour and Optional Horseback Ride

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Experience the Old West on a full-day tour to Grand Canyon Western Ranch from Las Vegas. Pass Hoover Dam and Lake Mead as you drive to the ranch. Ride in an old-fashioned wagon to the helicopter and take a 20-minute helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon. Return for a Western-style barbecue accompanied by cowboys sharing tales of ranch life and local Native American history. Enhance your western experience with a 45-minute ride on horseback that follows parts of the historical Mormon Trail through Joshua Tree National Park.
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  • 8 hours
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Grand Canyon Deluxe Helicopter Tour from Las VegasNature and Wildlife

Grand Canyon Deluxe Helicopter Tour from Las Vegas

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Fly from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon in a sightseeing helicopter, touch down deep in the canyon for a Champagne toast, and explore the scenic desert landscape in luxurious style. This Grand Canyon helicopter tour includes plenty of flying time, hotel pickup and drop-off in Las Vegas, and drinks and snacks on a private bluff inside the Grand Canyon.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
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Grand Canyon Sunset Helicopter Tour from Las VegasNature and Wildlife

Grand Canyon Sunset Helicopter Tour from Las Vegas

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See one of the world’s seven wonders by air on this sunset helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas. Your tour takes you up in the air over Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam towards the west rim of the canyon. Stop for a Champagne toast and a light snack of vegetables, fruit, crackers, and cheese on a private bluff overlooking the Colorado River. Then, take a helicopter ride back to Vegas where you can enjoy sights of the Vegas Strip lit up.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Small Group Hoover Dam Tour by Luxury Tour TrekkerHalf-day Tours

Small Group Hoover Dam Tour by Luxury Tour Trekker

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Visit the Hoover Dam on a small-group tour that goes inside the dam to explore the massive, working power plant. Traveling in a custom vehicle equipped with viewing windows and a flat-screen TV ensures a comfortable trip through the Nevada desert, and twice-daily departures from Las Vegas mean the tour can accommodate your own sightseeing schedule.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Lake Mead National Park Trail RunNature and Wildlife

Lake Mead National Park Trail Run

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Run across Hoover Dam and stop for the perfect photo op on this trail run from Las Vegas. Start your 8-mile (13-km) run at the Historic Railroad Tunnels trailhead, which follows an old railroad bed in Lake Mead National Park. Follow your guide through five tunnels dug into volcanic ridges, delight in vistas of Lake Mead and search for bighorn sheep. This 4-hour running tour includes refreshments and hotel transport.
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  • 4 hours
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Valley of Fire, Hoover Dam and Seven Magic Mountain Day Tour from Las VegasDay Trips

Valley of Fire, Hoover Dam and Seven Magic Mountain Day Tour from Las Vegas

This is a customized private group size VIP tour ranging from 2 up to 6 people. Price charge based on per group. Price charge will be the same as if there are less than 6 people. Free bottle water each person in the group. Pick up and drop off at Tropicana Las Vegas
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  • 10 hours
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Grand Canyon North Rim Air and Ground Tour with Optional ATV RideDay Trips

Grand Canyon North Rim Air and Ground Tour with Optional ATV Ride

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Experience the grandeur of the Grand Canyon’s North Rim on this full-day air and ground tour over Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam. After landing near the secluded Bar 10 Ranch at the North Rim, embark on one of two options, both allowing for scenic views of this remote side of the canyon. The guided ATV option will take you along the canyon’s rim on an all-terrain vehicle through Whitmore Canyon and the Lake Mead Recreation Area. The non-ATV option leads you on a guided Polaris Ranger tour of the canyon’s edge.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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