By Jeremy Patton
Hoover Dam is located on the Colorado River, on the border of Nevada and Arizona, about 35 miles southeast of Las Vegas.
My ex-girlfriend Holly and I stopped by Hoover Dam in October of 2013 while driving from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. Athough it was hot that day, our timing was good because summer temperatures can soar well above 100 degrees farenheit.
Walkways flanked both sides of the access road that ran atop the dam. From there, we peered down the 726-foot concrete slope and gazed upriver at the blue waters of Lake Mead. Lake Mead is the largest reservoir per volume in the United States. It has not reached its full capacity in decades, however, due to drought and increased water consumption.
We also marveled at the Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge that spanned the Colorado about a quarter-mile downriver. It is 900 feet high, the second highest bridge in the United States. In 2010, the traffic of US-93 was rerouted to the bridge that had previously passed over the dam.
Walkways also lined both sides of the bridge, providing stunning vistas of Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.
I will not say much about the history of Hoover Dam, because volumes have already been written about it, but a few of my favorite facts include: 1. It is composed of enough concrete to build a two-lane highway across the United States. 2. More than 100 workers died building it, but the rumor that some of them were entombed in the dam is false.
I highly recommend Hoover Dam. There were many things to see and do, including tours of its power plant and passageways (we did not take the tour). You could make a quick stop for photos or spend hours exploring the area.
Shane, Angie and I are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. If we visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, we will most certainly stop at Hoover Dam. I suspect that there are some hiking trails nearby that lead to the river.
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