Beyond Vegas – Visiting Hoover Dam


The Hoover Dam sits wedged into Black Canyon, holding back the force of the mighty Colorado River on the Nevada-Arizona border.

The lake was last full in 1998 but due to lengthy droughts the volume has fallen by over sixty percent and water levels have dropped over a hundred feet.

Lake Mead Water Levels

Four 338ft high Intake Towers stand in the waters of Lake Mead and siphon water into the power plant. There are two towers on the Nevada side and two in Arizona.

Hoover Dam Intake Towers

If you’ve ever felt the need to be in two places at once you can stand by the plaque with a foot in each state. It marks the border where Nevada and Arizona meet.

Where Two States Collide

It’s immense and the vast expanse of curving concrete just goes on and on. It’s an incredible feat of engineering and also rather elegant.

The Hoover Dam is an arch-gravity dam; thickest at the bottom at 660ft and just 45ft at the top and it’s 726ft high.

Arch-Gravity Dam

The arching bridge now carries traffic between Nevada and Arizona states on its four-lane highway.

The Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

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