Hoover Dam and it's Bridge
Signature By-Pass over the Colorado River
This sustainable destination and its facility serves the surrounding areas in top form. The 1,450-mile Colorado River that runs through it relies on its extensive watershed and state-of-the-art dams like the Hoover. The river encompasses parts of seven U.S. cities and two Mexican states.
The Hoover Dam and its Bridge is one of the most amazing fixtures and engineered works in the history of the world. The intricate work of all the structures, concrete and cables supporting this project is truly something to see! The 2,000 ft long bridge (bypass) is known as the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge also knows as Colorado River Bridge and a variety of names before it. This special bridge project was recently completed for its bordering traffic on October 19, 2010. It spreads over the Black Canyon about 1550 feet south of the Hoover Dam. As for engineering of the Hoover Dam, thousands of gifted workers are responsible in having built this unique spectacle between 1931 and 1936 after the Great Depression. It was then dedicated on September 30, 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt who also honored another world-renowned Coulee Dam a few years later.
When driving to this destination, take the Exit from Highway 93 and you will soon find yourself at the entry of Hoover Dam. After you pass through the security, you will discover an old Exhibit building next to the Visitor Center on the lower bridge two-way access for drivers and pedestrians. Like The Bridge itself, there is another accessible lookout point. This point has a wheel chair accessible ramp while others can hoof up a few flights of stairs that will escalate you to observatory platform overlooking the South end of the Boulder Canyon. You can walk up to it any time. Thirty minute tours run daily where you can learn more of Hoover's facts and history and be guided through the Power Plant and Visitor Center. Visitor Center: Open 9:00 a.m. -- Close 5:00 p.m. (Tickets must be purchased by 4:15 p.m. for access). Time permitting, take a good hour or two to see this, Marvel ...it's something else! Below you will see 4 explicit images of the Hoover to get a good grasp of how brilliant and complexed this facility is let alone a one of a kind tourist stop. Enjoy your visit and happy trails!