Hoover Tour Information
Notice: Visitor Center and Tour Operations are Open During Government Lapse in Appropriations. The Hoover Dam Visitor Center is open and Powerplant tours are being conducted. The Government's partial lapse in appropriations does not affect Hoover Dam as funds to maintain operations at Hoover are non-appropriated.
Notice: Visitor Center Renovation - October 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019
From October 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019 the Hoover Dam Visitor Center will be undergoing renovation. During this time, a modified guided tour of the Nevada wing of the power plant will be offered, with access to the Exhibit Area, Observation Deck, and top of the dam. More information to come in future weeks.
Reclamation to offer modified Hoover Dam tours during visitor center remodel and tour elevator upgradesOn October 1, construction began to remodel and enhance one level of the Hoover Dam Visitor Center and modernize the facility’s primary tour elevators. Construction work is scheduled to be completed by March 31, 2019. To accommodate the construction, temporary alteration of its internal tour and Visitor Center operations is necessary. “We look forward to improving our Visitor Center and tour capabilities. These improvements will enhance our visitors’ experience well into the future,” said Leonard C. Schilling, Area Manager of the Lower Colorado Dams Office. Read More →
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Hoover Dam is located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas. Click here for maps and driving instructions.
Hours of Operation (Seven days per week)
Note: All times are for the Pacific Time Zone.
Hoover Dam is accessible from 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Powerplant Tour: 9 a.m. – tickets sold until 3:45 p.m.
Visitor Center: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. No entry after 4:15 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Most passenger vehicles can cross the dam.
All vehicles are subject to inspection at the Nevada Security Checkpoint.
Visitors subject to vehicle inspection will be requested to open various compartments of their vehicle to include the trunk, hood, and storage areas.
Visitors who decline vehicle inspection will not be permitted access beyond the checkpoint.
Vehicles are prohibited from stopping on top of the dam, including the loading and unloading of passengers. Passengers can be picked up and dropped off using designated parking lots.
Drivers must remain attentive to pedestrians at all times.
Semi-trucks are prohibited from entering the dam site.
Vehicles towing campers or pop-up campers will be required to open compartments or extend their pop-up for inspection.
NOTICE: Offloading or disconnecting trailers, campers, or pop-up campers is strictly prohibited on Hoover Dam property.
Firearms, Explosives and Fireworks are Prohibited at Hoover Dam per 43 CFR 423.30.
Visitors with prohibited items will be turned away at the Nevada Security Checkpoint. Visitors who are found to have firearms, explosives, or fireworks may be cited by Law Enforcement and instructed to leave Hoover Dam property.
Flying drones is prohibited on Hoover Dam property per 43 CFR 423.41(g).
Marijuana is prohibited at Hoover Dam per 43 CFR 423.44.
Parking Garage: Open 8:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. $10.00 parking fee.
Complimentary parking is offered for those with accessibility needs. Please show your disabled person sticker/placard to the garage attendant. Motorhomes and other high clearance vehicles (with dimensions greater than 10.5 feet high and 23 feet long) CANNOT park in the parking garage. Parking for high clearance vehicles is available on the Arizona side of the property (see map).
Parking Lot 9 (Arizona side): Open 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. $10.00 parking fee.
Parking available for high profile vehicles in non-covered marked spaces.
Upper Lots (Arizona side): Free.
The walk to the Hoover Dam Visitor Center from the Arizona lots is ¾ of a mile or more. Motorhomes and other high clearance vehicles (with dimensions greater than 10.5 feet high and 23 feet long) must use the designated lots located on the Arizona side of the property.
There is no shuttle service at the facility.
Service animals are welcome on tour, in the Visitor Center and on top of the dam. Comfort animals and pets are not allowed on tour, on top of the dam, or any Hoover Dam building. Animals should not be left in vehicles unattended.
Items not allowed on tour or in any building at Hoover Dam:
Weapons or knives of any size (including pocket knives) are NOT ALLOWED in any Hoover Dam building.
Food, canned drinks or drinks in cups are NOT ALLOWED in any Hoover Dam building. Water bottles are permitted.
Security Screening for Powerplant Tour on top of dam:
Visitors will be required to process through the security screening before purchasing Powerplant tour tickets.
Visitors are required to remove all metal objects from their pockets and person.
Visitors will be screened with a hand-held metal detector wand or may request a pat down in lieu of being handwanded.
All personal items (purses, jackets, etc.) will be physically inspected by security staff.
Any visitor with prohibited or dangerous items on their person will be instructed to return the item to their vehicle.
A good portion of the Hoover Dam experience is outdoors, please plan for all types of weather.
Ticket Sale Information:
Tours available daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Powerplant Tour Tickets:
Adults (Ages 17 – 61) $15.00
Seniors (62+) $12.00
Juniors (ages 4 – 16) $12.00
U.S. Military (with ID) $12.00
U.S. Military in Uniform Free
Children (ages 0 – 3) Free
Powerplant Tour includes a guided tour of the Nevada wing of the Powerplant, Visitor Center Exhibits and Observation Deck, and Original Exhibit Building. Powerplant tour tickets sold from 9 a.m. until 3:45 p.m.
Powerplant Tour tickets sold on top of dam (click link here for map). A limited number of Powerplant Tour tickets are available each day; selling out early is expected.
Persons with pacemakers or other implanted devices - Be advised that generators produce an electromagnetic field which may interfere with the operation of certain devices.
Persons with Claustrophobia - Be advised the Powerplant Tour includes an elevator ride and walking through a tunnel.
NOTE: Due to situations beyond our control, tours may be cancelled periodically with no prior notice.
Visitor Center Tickets:
Adults, Seniors, Juniors & U.S. Military $10.00
Children ages 3 and under Free
Visitor Center Tickets includes admission to Visitor Center Exhibits and Observation Deck, and Original Exhibit Building. Tickets sold until 4:15 p.m. Public buildings close at 5:00 p.m.
Visitor Center Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Center or at the 1st level of the parking garage.
The Powerplant tour, Visitor Center, and Original Exhibit building are accessible for visitors with wheelchairs, scooters, or other mobility devices.
Major credit cards and cash accepted for ticket purchase.
For information about Hoover Dam tours, contact us during operating hours at:
Telephone: (702) 494-2517
Fax: (702) 494-2587
Toll free: (866) 730-9097
For Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) Dial: 711
NOTE: Interagency Passes not accepted at Hoover Dam
America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass (replaces the Golden Eagle, Golden Age, Golden Access and National Parks passports) discounts are NOT ACCEPTED for Visitor Center, or for the guided tours. This pass is 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). Hoover Dam is entirely self-funded and does not receive revenues through this Act.
Sign language interpretation can be requested for the Dam tour with a minimum of 14 days advance notice, by contacting 702-494-2518. Guests will be contacted prior to their visit to verify arrangements.
Tour scripts are available upon request.
Wheelchair pick up/drop off area on first floor of the parking garage. Wheelchairs are available for rent in the Parking Garage for visitor use. There is a $5.00 charge.
See map for other amenities.
Hoover Dam is a relaxed, family-oriented environment. We suggest you dress comfortably, wear comfortable walking shoes and check the local weather report before visiting the Dam.
Tours into the Dam involve short trips in tight quarters where physical contact with others is likely.
The week of Thanksgiving and the week after Christmas are very busy times.
The least busy time of day for tours is from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., as well as 3:00 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. To enjoy the site entirely, we recommend visitors arrive by 2:00 p.m. The dam closes at 9 p.m.
Traffic around the dam during holidays and weekends can be extremely heavy with long delays on the roadway.
Attire that is not appropriate for the Dam (and which may result in refusal of admittance or ejection) includes, but is not limited to:
· Shirt and shoes are required when in the Visitor Center or on tour.
· Clothing with objectionable material, including obscene language or graphics.
· Excessively torn clothing or loose-fitting clothing which may drag on the ground and create a potential trip hazard.
· Clothing which, by nature, exposes excessive portions of the skin that may be viewed as inappropriate for a family environment.
· Clothing with multiple layers are subject to search upon entry.