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Hoover Dam and Bridge Walking Tour, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,194 feet
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Dogs not allowed
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Top of the Dam
A walk along the sidewalks on top of the dam provides awe-inspiring views of the dam face, Lake Mead, the intake towers, the Colorado River, and other features around the dam site. The construction of the Hoover Dam, originally named the Boulder Dam, backed up the Colorado River resulting in the formation of Lake Mead. The dam was completed in five years. The contractors were allowed seven years from April 20, 1931, but concrete placement in the dam was completed May 29, 1935, and all features were completed by March 1, 1936.

Walking the Bridge
In addition to driving on it, tourists will be able to park in a designated lot on the Nevada side and climb stairs to walk the bridge, which has a sidewalk on the side facing the dam. The retaining wall is 54 inches high, so pedestrians can snap photos from a spectacular vantage point.

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2010-11-28 HAZ_Hikebot
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Hoover Dam and Bridge Walking Tour
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    Nice bike, but too hard to figure out, so did the same thing as yesterday, manipulating the resistance every two minutes to simulate riding hills. Somehow managed to get a watts graph to display. (Despitre riding the same yesterday and tomorrow, it did not do the other days.) No boxers today, despite a ring being in the hotel gym; probably resting up for tomorrow night.

    Afterwards, headed out to Hoover Dam for the full $30 tour. The first time I had ever been inside was pretty cool. However, even though there was very low foot & vehicle traffic, the tour was still full at 20 people every 30 minutes. I definitely recommend doing it like we did, mid-week on a non-holiday.

    On the way back on the I-215 it started to rain, and we passed two accidents in Henderson, one where a big black pickup had got turned around backwards against the median, and a separate second accident less than a mile away where a semi had punched a hole through the median. And I thought Arizonans had problems driving in the wet ... :whistle:

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    Hoover Dam and Bridge Walking Tour
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    This was hike #96 of the year. Took me awhile to get to the triplog as I was working on several videos.

    After seeing Terry Fator -- wow, is his assistant/wife beautiful :o -- and visiting the Neon Museum and Mob Museum ( youtu.be/Q56rYd7KJbA ), and I swear not gambling a single penny, :A1: I stopped at the Lake Mead trailhead, just before the last casino, on my way out of Vegas. The trail is flat, wide and devoid of obstacles. The tunnels are kind of interesting, and there are dozens of educational signs along the way, but to me the really cool part was Hoover Dam itself. I'm sure I looked like a hobo, wandering around the dam with my pack, week old beard and Hat of Many Blood Stains. 8-[ I walked across to the Arizona side, then back. I did not take the tour, but I could have still spent a good extra hour looking at stuff, or just enjoying the scenery.

    This would be a great hike for people who aren't hikers, like my wife, but otherwise you might be better off doing the out & back non-dam parts on a mountain or Dutch-type bike.

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    Hoover Dam and Bridge Walking Tour
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    Part of our Oregon Trail Tale 2010 => http://hikearizona.com/TL.php?ID=56595


    Stop off with the dogs on our way to Oregon to visit Hannah for Thanksgiving. Dogs aren't allowed on the dam or the bridge, so Lynn stayed in the parking lot as I made my way across...

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