Lake Mead National Recreation Area is located close to many other natural and man-made wonders. These places are often within an hour or two drive from Boulder City and can be visited in a day. Others may require overnight accommodations. But we’re sure you’ll enjoy each and every one of these nearby attractions. Mileage shown is from Boulder City.
Visit one of the engineering wonders of the world. Hoover Dam is located 45 minutes south of Las Vegas outside of Boulder City, Nevada. This is where the Colorado River was dammed to form Lake Mead! For more information, call the Bureau of Reclamation at 702.597.5970 or 800.634.6787. For information on conditions at Hoover Dam: 888.248.1259.
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Daily tours of exhibits ranging from early Indians, miners and pioneers through gaming and World War II. The museum is located at 1830 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson, between Las Vegas and Boulder City. Open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. For more information, call 702.455.7955. Entrance fee.
The first permanent non-native settlers in the Las Vegas Valley were a group of Mormon missionaries who built an adobe fort along Las Vegas Creek in 1855. Today, the park includes a remnant of the original adobe fort, which serves as a visitor center with interpretive displays. The Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort is located in downtown Las Vegas, at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington Avenue, the park is open all year. 500 E Washington Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702.486.3511 Entrance fee.
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
Visit the historic ranch 20 miles west on Charleston Blvd. (Nevada Highway 159). Guided tours of the ranch are offered on Fri., Sat., Sun., and Mon., depending on the weather. Open daily for picnicking 8 a.m. to sunset. For additional information, call 702.875.4141. Entrance fee.
Floyd Lamb Park
Only 20 minutes north on Highway 95, this green oasis offers picnicking facilities on 16 acres of land adjacent to a seven acre lake with horseback riding and excellent bird-watching. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, call 702.229.6297. Entrance fee
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Excellent hiking, scenic 13 -mile loop, and beautiful vistas are found only 20 miles west of Las Vegas via Charleston Blvd. (Nevada Highway 159). For more information, call the Visitor Center at 702.515.5350. Entrance fee.
A small mining town dating back to 1863. Gold, silver, lead, zinc, copper and turquoise were all mined here. Travel east on Hwy 68 to Hwy 93 junction, north approximately 15 miles to Grasshopper Junction, east to Chloride
Less than an hour north of Las Vegas on Highway 95 is the Toiyabe National Forest. The 11,990 ft. elevation provides cool pines in the summer, and snow skiing in the winter. For more information, call Kyle Forest Service Station at 702.872.5486. For lodging information, call 702.872.5408 or 702.872.5500. For camping reservations, starting in mid-May, call Park Net, Inc. at 877.444.6777.
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See excellent displays on Indian life, historical development and cultural activities at the Mohave Museum of History and Arts at 400 W. Beale., Kingman, AZ, Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. While in Kingman, visit the Bonelli House, home of one of the earliest settlers in the area. It is open Thursday through Monday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance fees.
Hualapai Indian Reservation
Exciting raft trips and spectacular views of the West Grand Canyon. Permits available at R.D.'s Pitstop or Hualapai River Running Office on Route 66 in Peach Springs, AZ. For more information, call 928.769.2219 or call the Hualapai Lodge at 928.769.2230. Entrance Fee.
Burros and gun fighters roam the streets in this early gold mining town located on historic Route 66. Facilities include antique and craft stores, cafes and historic buildings. Turn left on Oatman Road, ten miles south of Bullhead City on Hwy 95, continue 14 miles to Oatman.
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Havasu National Wildlife Refuge
Fishing, wildlife observation and wildlands appreciation are three of the most popular pastimes at the refuge. Check at the refuge office in Needles for maps and more information about access to the area. Their address is 1406 Bailey Ave, Needles, CA. 760.326.3853.
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Mitchell Caverns Natural Preserve
Take 1-40 west of Needles for 45 miles, turn on the Essex-Black Canyon Road exit and follow it 17 miles north to Providence Mountains State Recreation Area. Mitchell Caverns is located within the recreation area. Guided tours offered daily except in the summer. Check for tour times prior to arrival. Entrance fee.
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Death Valley National Park
Spectacular geologic formations and desert vistas are only a 1-1/2 hour drive on US Highway 374 South. Points of interest include Zabriskie Point, Ubehebe Crater and Scottys Castle. For additional information, call the Furnace Creek Visitor Center at 760.786.2331. Entrance fee.
Joshua Tree National Park
Three hours southwest of Katherine is an area that includes two deserts, the Mojave and Colorado (part of the Sonoran Desert). Joshua Tree National Park protects plants and animals indicative of both deserts. Points of interest include Keys View, Hidden Valley and Cholla Cactus Garden. East of Needles on 1-40 to Mountain Springs Road exit. Follow it to Amboy and past Amboy turn left to 29 Palms. The park headquarters is on Utah Trail. For additional information, call 760.367.5500. Entrance fee.
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Scenic flights, train rides, raft trips, mules rides, and highways all lead into Grand Canyon National Park. The South Rim is open year-round, and the North Rim is open mid-May to mid-October, depending on the weather. For additional information, call 928. 638.7888. Entrance fee.