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Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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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.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Las Vegas

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Wonderful scenic experience
Osvaldo_R, Jul 2022
ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas
This was one of the best tours that I have taken. Brett the tour guide is an extremely knowledgeable person and knows a lot about the real Vegas story. The scenery is amazing and the ATV experience was beyond my expectations.
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Colorado ATV
johnfinley9229, May 2022
ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas
A fun ATV trip riding to the Colorado River. The scenery was beautiful, Vick our guide made sure everyone enjoyed the experience.
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Atv/monster truck
Carly_B, Apr 2022
ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas
The whold tour was great Loved the atv ride down to the river! Monster truck was awesome! Lovely tour gudies. Fab trip thank you
star-5
Great time
Alexander_R, Feb 2022
ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas
Really fun and scenic ride down to the Colorado river. My guide Brett was very knowledgeable about ATVs and the history of the area. The hamburger is delicious too!
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Amazing
Sabrina_s, Jan 2022
ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas
Tour guide Bret was amazing with and very knowledgeable. He's very patient and I would highly recommend this tour.
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Awesomeness
Tyesha_a, Dec 2021
ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas
The ATV ride and shooting range was awesome! Our guide was the best. He knew a lot about Vegas facts and history.
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Amazing experience
Linda_T, Jun 2021
ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas
We had such a great time, it was worth every single penny. I would definitely do this again. The best part of the trip was the monster truck.
star-4
Not as advertised
Anne_H, Apr 2021
ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas
The tour guide and equipment was great; however, the tour description included the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, which was not actually included.
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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.

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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.

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Trip ideas

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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.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Lake Mead National Recreation Area?
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Attractions near Lake Mead National Recreation Area:
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What else should I know about attractions in Las Vegas?
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As well as visiting the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: