Reclamation to offer modified Hoover Dam tours during visitor center remodel and tour elevator upgrades

Visitor Center Exhibit and Observation Levels, and Original Exhibit Building to remain open during construction period

Media Contact: Patti Aaron, 702-293-8189, paaron@usbr.gov
Doug Hendrix, 702-293-8391, dhendrix@usbr.gov

For Release: September 27, 2018

The tours at Hoover Dam will be limited as one-level of the visitor center is modernized and elevators are being modernized.
The tours at Hoover Dam will be limited as one-level of the visitor center is modernized and elevators are being modernized.
Boulder City, Nev. – The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that on October 1, construction will begin to remodel and enhance one level of the Hoover Dam Visitor Center and modernize the facility’s primary tour elevators. 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. “To facilitate these construction activities, we need to take the Theater Level (the normal visitor entrance) and the primary tour route elevators out of service for approximately four-months.”

Construction work will begin on October 1 and is scheduled to be completed by February 14, 2019. During the construction period, the dam’s primary Visitor Center Exhibit and Observation Levels, as well as the Original Exhibit Building, will remain open. A modified Powerplant Tour initiating at the original ticket window on top of the dam will be available.

“Due to the limited capacity of the dam’s service elevators – which are not typically used for tours of the facility – we will suspend online ticket sales for the duration of the construction period,” added Schilling. “All Exhibit and Powerplant Tour tickets will be sold onsite on the day of use on a first-come first-serve basis.”

During the construction period, Visitor Center tickets can be purchased at the parking garage bus level and the Visitor Center Exhibit level. Powerplant Tour tickets, which include admission to the Visitor Center, will be sold at the original Nevada ticket window on top of the dam. A brochure with a map identifying the ticket sale locations, along with other areas of interest will be available at parking areas and online. Additional information can be found at www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam or you can contact visitor services at (866) 730-9097.

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