Hoover Dam Changes Tour Hours for Winter Season

Media Contact: Rose Davis, 702-293-8421

For Release: September 22, 2011

BOULDER CITY, Nev. - Beginning Sunday, September 25, the Bureau of Reclamation is altering visitor operations at Hoover Dam for the fall and winter months.

The new schedule (in Pacific Time) for the facilities will be:

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

Visitor Center: Open 9:00 a.m. -- Close 5:00 p.m.

First Powerplant Tour is at 9:25 a.m.
Last Powerplant Tour departs at 3:55 p.m.

First Dam Tour is at 9:30 a.m.
Last Dam Tour departs at 3:45 p.m.
Dam Tours 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)

Two tours are presently offered at Hoover Dam. The “Powerplant Tour” includes a 30-minute guided tour of the powerplant. The “Dam Tour” features a 1-hour guided tour of the powerplant and passageways within the dam. The cost of tickets for both tours includes admission to the Visitor Center.

More information on these tours and other activities at the dam are available at www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/, or by calling 702-494-2517 or toll free 866-730-9097.

More than 46 million people have taken the guided tour of Hoover Dam since the tours began in in 1936. Millions more have visited the dam without taking the tour.

Built to harness the power of the Colorado River, Hoover Dam provides a reliable source of water for more than 18 million people in communities and businesses in Arizona, Nevada and California. It irrigates more than 1 million acres of land in the United States and nearly half a million acres in Mexico, and annually generates enough hydroelectric power to serve the needs of more than 2 million people. Its reservoir, Lake Mead, is one of the world’s most popular recreational sites, attracting more than 9 million visitors annually to swim, boat, water ski, and fish.

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