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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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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.
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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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Ride through the desert.
rubenlvi, Jul 2018
ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas
Ride and hosts were great. Van ride to and from the desert was a bit rough, but my wife snd i had a great time overall. We would do it again.
star-5
Amazing experience
amyt2002, Jun 2018
ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas
When making reservations look for the area to check vehicle type I missed that and my mom had to drive a 4wheeler, but she ended up loved it! Bring your buffs
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My husband and I had a great time in...
Khin W, Jul 2017
ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas
My husband and I had a great time in 115'F hot desert. The desert scenery was amazing. The ride was really really hard, I had some bad moments at the beginning but our guide, Ely was so helpful and assisted me all the way to the end. If it wasn't him with me I wouldn't have such an amazing experience of riding in the desert. Really appreciated! The swim in the river was like a treat and the burger was the best I have ever had, tasted delicious after such a hard work.
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The tour was great, Adam the guide...
Stephen D, Oct 2016
ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas
The tour was great, Adam the guide knew his job very well. ATV ride was first class, the bikes were in good shape and afterwards the food was wonderful. And not to forget the ride in the monster truck was awesome.
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Adam was the best tour guide ever...
Lynese E, Aug 2016
ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas
Adam was the best tour guide ever. Highly recommend this tour. I had purchased a tour with another company and it was such a bad experience.So when I purchased this tour I didn't know what to expect everything happens for a reason I loved it and when I go back to Vegas I do plan on going on another tour with this company.
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had a fab day yesterday, highly...
Nina L, Apr 2017
ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas
had a fab day yesterday, highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting Vegas. Steve was our tour guide along with Lance, very informative and good fun. The swim in colorado river was very much needed... although it was cold. The monster truck ride was also an added bonus. Quad bikes were excellent and you got to ride them for approx 2 1/2 hours. The burgers at the end were really nice.
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This really was the best day ever...
mail, Jun 2016
ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas
This really was the best day ever! Our guide Brendan was just amazing ... lots of historical knowledge and fun facts. The scenery is breathtaking and the swim in the Colorado river in the middle kept you cool and zen for the rest of the day ... nothing like it !!!
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Best trip of our time in vegas...
Melissa H, Jun 2016
ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas
Best trip of our time in vegas - such a unique opportunity and a great way to get outside of vegas and whizz through the desert on a cool ATV! Swimming in Colorado river was awesome too. Our tour guide Adam made our trip super entertaining.
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My wife and I had a great time! Pick...
Matthew G, Apr 2016
ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas
My wife and I had a great time! Pick up was right on schedule, ATV's worked great, guide was super informative and knowledgeable. They even threw in a ride on the worlds longest monster truck for free. OH, and the burger....it's just as they described! THE BEST.... This is a must do for anyone wanting a little adventure.
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WONDERFUL !!!!!
Christopher R, Sep 2018
ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas
found the tour company very professional. we were a group of three adults (of different ages) and all found the tour to be one of the best choices we made while in vegas.the atv tour gave us the opportunity to see some beautiful scenery and getting to swim in the Colorado river was an additional bonus !our tour guide, Herb, was a great guide and he provided us with information on the area we would not have learned without taking the tourthank you for a wonderful,memorable day on our trip to vegas !!!!

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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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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