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Amenties and Visitation Hints
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The Bureau of Reclamation has conducted tours through the Hoover Dam and powerplant since 1937. Today, close to 1,000,000 visitors a year take the tour and millions more drive across the dam.

The dam is located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas. Take US Highway 93 to Nevada State Route 172. The dam is on the Nevada-Arizona border. Click here for maps and driving/parking instructions, and directions on where to go after you get here.

Hours of Operation:
Note: All times are for the Pacific Time Zone.

Parking Garage: Open 8:00 a.m. -- Close 5:15 p.m.
                               Parking fee: $10.00

Visitor Center: Open 9:00 a.m. -- Close 5:00 p.m. (Tickets must be purchased by 4:15 p.m. for access)


       Hours of Operations:
                         First Powerplant Tour departs at 9:25 a.m.
                         Last Powerplant Tour departs at 3:55 p.m.

                         First Dam Tour departs at 9:30 a.m.
                         Last Dam Tour departs at 3:30 p.m.
                         Dam Tours (limited to 20 people per tour) may sell-out a couple hours in advance of the last tour

                         Last Visitor Center ticket is sold at 4:15 p.m.
                         (Tickets sold from 3:45-4:15 p.m. are for Visitor Center Admission only)

The Hoover Dam Visitor Center is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

NOTE: The guided Powerplant Tour takes about 30 minutes, while the Dam Tour lasts nearly one hour. If you take one of these guided tours, and want to discover all the other features at Hoover Dam (not included on the guided tours), plan about two hours or more for your entire visit.

Tour Options and Admission Fees:

Powerplant Tour - Includes 30-minute guided tour and admission to
the Visitor Center & Powerplant
(for a detailed description of the tour, click here)

Adults (Ages 17-61) $15.00
Seniors (62+) $12.00
Juniors (ages 4-16) $12.00
U.S. Military $12.00
U.S. Military (in Uniform) Free
Children (Ages 0-3) Free

Click here to purchase Powerplant Tour tickets on-line - This link will open a new window that takes you to our partner site with Denison Parking where you can purchase tickets in advance of your visit. (Note: You can also purchase tickets at Hoover Dam.)

Hoover Dam Tour - Includes 1-hour guided tour, and admission to
the Visitor Center, Powerplant & Dam Passageways (for a detailed description
of the tour, click here)

Adults, Seniors, Juniors & U.S. Military $30.00
NO children under age 8 permitted
Note: This tour is NOT accessible for visitors
with wheelchairs or crutches

Due to situations beyond our control, Dam tours may be cancelled periodically with no prior notice.

NOTE: Dam Tour tickets CANNOT be purchased on-line - they are available on a first come-first served basis and must be purchased in person at Hoover Dam. Major credit cards and cash are accepted.

Visitor Center Admission - This option allows entry into the Visitor Center WITHOUT access to the tours of the dam or powerplant.

Adults, Seniors, Juniors & U.S. Military $10.00
Children ages 3 and underFree

Click here to purchase Visitor Center Admission tickets on-line - This link will open a new window that takes you to our partner site with Dennison.com where you can purchase tickets in advance of your visit. (Note: You can also purchase tickets at Hoover Dam.)

Hoover Dam Visitor Center and Parking Garage
Amenities and Visitation Hints

Restrooms are located on Level 1 of the Parking Garage, on the Theater and Exhibit levels of the Visitor Center, adjacent to the Old Exhibit Building, and in the downstream face towers on top of the dam.

Food is available through a concession service at the base of the Parking Garage.

Gift shop concession is located at the base of the Parking Garage.

The Hoover Dam Visitor Center and the Powerplant Tour are wheelchair/scooter accessible. The Dam Tour is NOT accessible. Guests with wheelchairs, strollers and other mobility equipment can enter the Visitor Center (one floor below street level) via an elevator inset into the canyon wall a few yards past the escalator entrance.

Hoover Dam also has wheelchairs available ($5 charge) in the Parking Garage for visitor use for the Powerplant Tour or visiting other locations around the dam site.

red cross iconHealth Advisory:
The tours are NOT RECOMMENDED for anyone who suffers from claustrophobia, or has a pacemaker or defibrillator. Tours are conducted in confined spaces and in a powerplant with generators emitting electromagnetic fields.

Visitation Tips:



"America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass" (replaces Golden Eagle, Golden Age, Golden Access and National Parks passports) discounts are NOT ACCEPTED for admission to the Hoover Dam Visitor Center, or powerplant and dam tours. This pass can be used for admission to parks and facilities that receive benefits and revenues from the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (like Lake Mead National Recreation Area); however, Hoover Dam is entirely self-funded and does not receive revenues through this Act.


Commercial trucks (18-wheelers) are prohibited from entering the dam site. Most passenger vehicles are allowed to cross the dam, but all are subject to inspection at the Nevada security checkpoint. (Note: Contents of moving vans and enclosed campers must be easily inspected.)

Motorhomes and other high clearance vehicles (with dimensions greater than 10.5 feet high and 23 feet long) CANNOT park in the Parking Garage and must use parking areas on the Arizona side of the dam. For more information, see "Visiting Hoover Dam: A Traveler's Guide" (.pdf file - 45 KB).


For More Information

For reservation information about Hoover Dam tours, contact us during operating hours at:

Tel: (702) 494-2517
Fax: (702) 494-2587
Toll free: (866) 730-9097

For Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) Dial: 711

Note: If you have problems with the on-line reservation system,
please e-mail jmerchen@usbr.gov about your experience.

Last Reviewed: February 2013