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Our most recommended Lake Mead National Recreation Area Bus & Minivan Tours

Willow Beach: Emerald Cave and Lake Mead Kayaking Tour

1. Willow Beach: Emerald Cave and Lake Mead Kayaking Tour

Discover a kayaker’s dream destination – the Emerald Cave and Willow Beach – on this kayaking tour from Las Vegas with a guide and unlimited snacks and drinks. Swim in the cave’s enchanting green water and keep an eye out for wildlife. After meeting your guide, start with a quick kayaking lesson before gearing up and getting on your kayak. When paddling toward Emerald Cave, take a break from kayaking and explore breathtaking views of the entire canyon. Get your cameras ready for the desert bighorn sheep, blue heron, and bald eagles. Marvel at the canyon walls lining Emerald Cave that are 5,000 to 7,000 feet high. During the tour, get the chance to swim in the mystical green water of the Colorado River. When the sun shines at the right angle, reflections off the sediment on the cave walls make the river water look bright green. The outdoor adventure Sherpa shares that the cave's green waters shine the brightest during the spring and summer months. 

From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Tour Experience

2. From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Tour Experience

Take an excursion from Las Vegas to the Hoover Dam, which has long been known as one of the engineering wonders of the world. When the Hoover Dam was completed in 1935 it was both the world's largest electric power-producing facility and the world's largest concrete structure. Currently it ranks as the world's 34th-largest hydroelectric generating station. During the half-day tour you’ll be able to view the 17 main turbines that generate a maximum of 2,074 megawatts of hydroelectric power. You’ll also take in views of the Dam and Lake Mead from the Arizona Lookout Point, the best viewing spot in the area. You also get an up-close look at the newly opened Hoover Dam bypass bridge, which is modern feat of engineering, soaring 900 feet above the Colorado River. This bridge is the longest and tallest arch bridge in the western hemisphere. Later, enjoy a spectacular vista of the Mike O'Callahan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which opened in 2010 and stretches nearly 2,000 feet in length. There is a paddle wheeler cruise on Lake Mead available as an option with this tour. Please note that this is not the Hard Hat Tour of the Hoover Dam.

Las Vegas: Small Group 3-Hour Hoover Dam Mini Tour

3. Las Vegas: Small Group 3-Hour Hoover Dam Mini Tour

Enjoy a compact guided tour of the Hoover Dam from Las Vegas, and take the chance to see this man-made wonder up close. Admire views of the dam and Lake Mead — America’s largest reservoir. Benefit from pickup and drop-off at selected hotels. Get picked up in Las Vegas and relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 40-minute drive to the Hoover Dam. Arrive at the dam and cross the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, where your guide will park.  Head up to the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge Walkway on foot and take in the spectacular bird’s-eye view over the dam and the nearby Colorado River. Stop at Hemenway Park, where you’ll notice some desert bighorn sheep often hang out. Continue onto the Lake Mead Lookout for panoramic views of the man-made aquatic wonder. After this, drive across the dam to various lookout points and stop to take photos at the most picturesque spots, guaranteed.  At the end of your activity, you’ll head back to Las Vegas, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel or your preferred location on the Las Vegas Strip.

From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Express Shuttle Tour

4. From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Express Shuttle Tour

Escape the city for a while with a guided visit to the Hoover Dam on a day trip from Las Vegas. Take a guided tour in a shared group, and benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off in Las Vegas. Select the full-day option to enjoy a buffet lunch, and visit the Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden. Get picked up at your hotel and drive to the Hoover Dam, 1 of the 7 man-made Wonders of the World. Travel by air-conditioned bus with deliberately large windows, so you won't miss a thing as you cruise by. As you pass Boulder City, admire the magnificent view of Lake Mead, one of the world’s largest man-made lakes. Learn all about the dam’s history from your expert guide’s commentary. See the giant intake towers that bring water inside the dam to generate power for millions of people. Soak up the views from on top of this unforgettable slice of US history and make sure to snap some photos of one of the world’s greatest engineering feats. If you choose the full-day option, you’ll enjoy a buffet lunch before heading to the Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden. See the production line to discover how these chocolates are produced. Then, stroll through the gardens and admire over 300 species of cactuses. At the end of your guided tour, enjoy the Nevada scenery on the way back. You’ll be dropped off back at your hotel in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Walk-on-the-Top Tour with Lunch

5. Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Walk-on-the-Top Tour with Lunch

Join this fully guided VIP tour and experience the Walk On The Top tour, the Nevada Power Plant Tour, the Boulder Dam Museum, lunch at the Omelet House right on the outskirts of Las Vegas, and a visit to the Hoover Dam bypass bridge. Enjoy a fully guided walk over Hoover Dam and learn about the concrete, high scalers, depression, earthquakes, cableways, spillways, intake towers, outlet works, drought, wages, and tragic deaths. Once you leave Boulder City, head for lunch at the Omelet House on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Stop at the Las Vegas welcome sign and take some photos of the landmark, without having to wait in line. This tour also includes a special bonus - Complimentary tickets to the LA Comedy Club at the Strat! (a $45 value per ticket). All this and you'll be back in Las Vegas in the early afternoon.

From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Highlights Tour

6. From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Highlights Tour

Experience the top highlights of Hoover Dam on a half-day tour that is perfect for those who want to enjoy views overlooking Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the historic Boulder City. Depart from the Las Vegas Strip aboard a luxury motorcoach for a quick ride to Boulder City, home of the workers who built the Hoover Dam. The stop at this charming town includes a free visit to the Hoover Dam Museum, cafes, antique shops and a unique art walk featuring beautiful, bronze statues. Get stunning views of this "Man-Made Wonder of the World" from the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which gives an aerial view from 900 feet above the Colorado River and Black Canyon.   Have a photo stop at the highest overlook on the Arizona side of the Hoover Dam and visit the Lake Mead Visitor’s Center.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon North Tour w/Polaris Ranger or ATV

7. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon North Tour w/Polaris Ranger or ATV

Avoid the busy national park crowds, and experience rare sights in the heart of the Grand Canyon at Bar 10 Ranch. Fly to the Arizona Strip, just miles from the Northern Rim for breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon. Head off on an ATV or Polaris Ranger along a 4x4 trail through Whitmore Canyon and Lake Mead Recreation Area to the rim of the Grand Canyon. Take in the panoramic views at 3,000 feet above the Colorado River. Admire the unusual collection of desert vegetation and animal life. Back at Bar 10 Ranch, relax and enjoy an authentic Dutch oven barbecue lunch. Then, fly to and from Bar 10 Ranch aboard an aircraft specifically designed for “flightseeing,” and soak in the views over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the mighty Colorado River. Benefit from the high wings and large windows which offer the best views along with a comfortable climate-controlled cabin. After, stop in the gift shop to purchase photos or simply browse the souvenirs.

Las Vegas: Hoover Dam, Breakfast, and Boulder City Tour

8. Las Vegas: Hoover Dam, Breakfast, and Boulder City Tour

Start with a pickup from your hotel on the Las Vegas strip or downtown Las Vegas on board a comfortable coach. Take a scenic drive through the Mojave Desert over to Boulder City, NV. Visit the historic downtown area where the workers were housed and project leaders carried out the building of one of the largest and important public works projects in United States history. Peruse the museum, see the local shops, get coffee, doughnuts, and other assorted food and drink as well as local souvenirs. Drive through the beautiful homes of modern times and construction on your way to the Dam site. See the Arizona side of the Dam before going back to Nevada for a guided walking tour of the top of the Dam. Climb 69 steps to reach the top of the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge and enjoy stunning views of the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Colorado River, and nearby extinct volcano. Lastly, make a stop to see Lake Mead from afar at Hemenway Park. Be lucky to spot wild, native Desert Big Horn Sheep that often feed on the grass or rest in the shade of the well cared for lawn. After approximately 5 hours of touring, return to your pickup location.

Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Expedition

9. Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Expedition

Grab a window seat and get ready to set out on an inspiring voyage. From high in the sky to deep in the rainbow canyons of Nevada, this tour is an effortless way to experience scenic Page, Arizona. Sit back and listen as your pilot invites you to view majestic sites, including the Hoover Dam, Glen Canyon, and Lake Powell from a birds-eye view. You will then be transferred to Horseshoe Bend, where a short hike to the edge will allow you to look down the uniquely twisted cliffs to see the incredible Colorado River winding below. Continue to the entrance of Antelope Canyon for a guided tour of the world-famous slot canyons. Take full advantage of this photographer’s dream landscape and capture the sand and sun dancing off the ancient sandstone rock formations within the canyons. Sit back and listen as your pilot invites you to view the majesty of sites including the Hoover Dam, Glen Canyon, and Lake Powell from a birds-eye view. You will then be transferred to Horseshoe Bend, where a short hike to the edge will allow you to look down the uniquely twisted cliffs to see the incredible Colorado River winding below. Replenish yourself with a light meal between destinations.

Las Vegas: Roundtrip Flight to Grand Canyon & Hummer Tour

10. Las Vegas: Roundtrip Flight to Grand Canyon & Hummer Tour

Did you know that the Grand Canyon is only a 1-hour flight from Las Vegas? Make the most of your visit to the south-west and visit the spectacular Grand Canyon with an inclusive airplane tour directly from Las Vegas. This tour features a round-trip flight to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon from Boulder City Airport, just 30-minutes from the center of Las Vegas. The scenic flight includes a multi-lingual audio commentary designed to enhance your ability to identify famous landmarks below. On arrival at the Grand Canyon Airport, the tour continues via an open-air hummer vehicle into Grand Canyon National Park. Once inside Grand Canyon National Park, your guided tour will last approximately 3 hours with stops at many South Rim overlooks including the Bright Angel Lodge and Mather Point. In addition, you will have opportunities to discover the Grand Canyon independently. We encourage you to take advantage of the breathtaking views, photo opportunities, and souvenir shops! As your Grand Canyon excursion comes to an end, tour staff provides you with a box-lunch to enjoy while taking in one of the world’s natural wonders. Your return transportation from Grand Canyon National Park, including drop-off at your hotel, concludes your excursion to one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.

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What people are saying about Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 269 reviews

My family and I absolutely loved this activity. The scenery was amazing. Kayaking was very relaxing. Robert, our guide, was friendly, easy to talk to, respectful at all times, and always watching over the group making sure we were safe. Such an easy going guy. I will recommend to family and friends.

On time pick up Our guide Trever was very informative and friendly and had good knowledge of areas that we drove through. Felt completely safe with our driver Ken Lunch at the Omelet house was lovely again with friendly staff and clean restaurant. Would most definitely recommend this tour

Sam was a great tour guide. Very social and informative of Vegas activities too.

Definitely recommend! We already did a lot of tours but this one was outstanding

Gary was awesome. Very knowledgeable and friendly. He made the tour wonderful.