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Lake Mead National Recreation Area Tours

It’s hard to believe that Sin City is only a few hours away from Lake Mead National Recreation Area, with dramatic and often surreal scenery of sharp craggy mountains, deep canyons, and desert basins. Coboldmprising the areas around Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, this recreation area attracts water sports enthusiasts, boaters, and nonboaters alike.

The Basics
Lake Mead National Recreation Area comprises the basin where the Colorado River flows into the Hoover Dam. Thrill seekers can take an ATV tour or explore Lake Mead by Jet Ski, while those looking to break a sweat can opt for a cycling tour or guided trail run along the lake shores. Mississippi-style paddle wheelers offer romantic dinner cruises, while some tours combine a visit to Hoover Dam with an afternoon boat ride on Lake Mead.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Lake Mead is a must-visit for adventure travelers and those looking for an escape from Las Vegas.
  • Always wear a life jacket when out on the lakes as conditions can change quickly.
  • Don’t forget to bring sun protection and plenty of water.
  • Wi-Fi is available at several locations throughout the park.
  • Several areas of the park, including Boulder Beach, Willow Beach, and Callville Bay, are wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
Lake Mead borders Arizona and Nevada and is located 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Las Vegas. The national recreation area has nine entrances, and the visitor center sits off U.S. 93 just southeast of Boulder City.

When to Get There
The recreation area is open daily throughout the year, though some beaches and other natural areas are day-use only. Spring and autumn offer the best daytime temperatures for outdoor adventure, while summer sees highs in the triple digits.

Attractions in the Lake Mead Area
Boulder City and Lake Mead NRA are located within a two-hour drive of several other attractions that can be visited in a day. The most popular is Hoover Dam, the engineering marvel responsible for forming Lake Mead. Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park and Spring Mountain Ranch State Park are both nearby, as is Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, popular among hikers.

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Lake Mead Dinner Cruise, Las Vegas, null
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Lake Mead Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 295 Reviews

Spend an enchanting Las Vegas evening on Lake Mead with a dinner cruise aboard a Mississippi River-style paddle-wheel steamboat, the Desert Princess. Enjoy an ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.99
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ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Dinner Cruises
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ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Spend the first half of your day riding through the Lake Mead National Recreation Area on this ATV tour from Las Vegas. Learn the history of Lake Mead, ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $250.64
Shooting and ATV Tour from Las Vegas with Optional Helicopter Flight, Las Vegas, 4WD, ATV & ... 
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Shooting and ATV Tour from Las Vegas with Optional Helicopter Flight

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Explore Lake Mead National Park by ATV in the morning and shoot a variety of guns in the afternoon on this combo day trip from Las Vegas. An all-American ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $412.30
Exotic Driving Experience at Lake Mead, Las Vegas, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Exotic Driving Experience at Lake Mead

Fire up the engines of three exotic beasts and hit the twisting desert roads of Lake Mead National Recreation Area on this 30-mile tour. Rotate between three ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $518.99
Hoover Dam Tour With Lake Mead Cruise, Las Vegas, Adrenaline & Extreme
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Hoover Dam Tour With Lake Mead Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 627 Reviews

Take a tour of the mighty Hoover Dam, where you'll explore the inside of the dam, walk through a 250-foot-long tunnel and view the 650-foot-long Nevada wing of ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.99
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Hoover Dam and Lake Mead Bike Tour, Las Vegas, Day Trips
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Hoover Dam and Lake Mead Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Start your day off with a private bike ride on one of the most historic trails in Southern Nevada. This new trail is part of the original historical railroad ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $179.99
Hoover Dam Mountain Bike Tour, Las Vegas, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Hoover Dam Mountain Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 Reviews

Experience one of the newest bike paths in the Las Vegas Valley where you will enjoy panoramic views of Lake Mead and visit the Hoover Dam. Round-trip Las ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $179.00
Lake Mead Jet Ski Experience from Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Lake Mead Jet Ski Experience from Las Vegas

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Experience some of the wonders just outside Las Vegas with this Jet Ski experience. After being picked up at your Las Vegas hotel by a comfortable van, you’ll ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $274.49
Las Vegas Trail Run, Las Vegas, Waterskiing & Jetskiing
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Las Vegas Trail Run

This Las Vegas Trail Run is an 8-mile (13km) run which follows an old railroad bed high above Lake Mead and runs through five 25-ft (8m) diameter tunnels ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.99
Grand Canyon All-American Helicopter Tour, Las Vegas, Running Tours
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Grand Canyon All-American Helicopter Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6578 Reviews

Take off from McCarran Airport on an exhilarating helicopter flight to the Grand Canyon. You'll enjoy a 45-minute helicopter flight each way, land deep in the ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $399.99
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