Reclamation Raises Rates for Hoover Dam Visitor Center, Powerplant Tour and Covered Parking

Media Contact: Rose Davis, 702-293-8421

For Release: November 13, 2013

BOULDER CITY, NEV. ? The Lower Colorado Region of the Bureau of Reclamation is increasing the entrance fees to some Hoover Dam Visitor Center attractions, and the cost of parking in the garage and Arizona spillway lot. The rate hikes go into effect on Friday, November 15, 2013.

This is the first increase to Visitor Center rates in eight years and comes based in part on the increased cost of operations and maintenance at the facility and an economic comparison to other regional state and private attractions. There is no charge for driving across and exploring the top of Hoover Dam and there is free parking available on the Arizona side of the property.

On Friday, November 15, the entrance fee for the Visitor Center will be $10 per person. Rates for the 30-minute guided Powerplant Tour, which includes admission to the Visitor Center, will be $15. Parking in the garage and Arizona spillway lot is available for $10. The extensive one-hour Dam Tour ticket, which includes entry into the Visitor Center, is $30 per person.

For seniors, military personnel with ID and youth ages 4 to 16, entrance to the Visitor Center will be $10 and the Powerplant Tour will be $12. Military personnel in uniform and children up to age three receive the Powerplant Tour at no charge.

Hoover Dam tours have been conducted since 1937 and the facility remains a premier attraction in southern Nevada. The historic icon and working hydropower facility is visited by more than a million guests a year, with nearly 800,000 taking advantage of the tours and entry to the Visitor Center.

Built in 1995, the Hoover Dam Visitor Center is a unique interpretive facility offering displays featuring the life and times during the construction of Hoover Dam; information on flood control and hydropower generation; and access to the amazing view of the Colorado River, Hoover Dam and Lake Mead available from the Observation Deck. A Visitor Center ticket also includes entrance to the Old Exhibit Building on the property.

For more information on directions, tour schedules, prices and historic information about Hoover Dam, visit

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