Quick way to see the Hoover Dam passing through

by Maura Elko December. 30, 2016 1400 views

Don’t have much time or don’t want to pay $20+ to see the Hoover dam?(It’s $10 to park in the garage, then another $15 or more for the visitor’s center and tours per person) More info here.

Or maybe tours just aren’t your thing, but you still want to see the dam if you’re passing through. After all, it’s very well known and used to be the way to cross over from Nevada into Arizona at that spot until the bypass bridge on I-93 was finished being built in October 2010. Now the only traffic going across the Hoover Dam is for tourists-you cross over but then have to turn around and go back across and then get on I-93 if you want to continue on through Arizona.

You can park for free to visit the dam, but as explained on the Hoover Dam website, you have to park on the Arizona side, and it’s a bit of a walk to get to the visitor’s center.

However, on the way towards the dam driving from Boulder City, we found a little parking lot off to the right where there appeared to be restrooms and some other things, so we pulled in and decided to check it out.

Turns out we found the parking lot for the “The Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge”.

There are some information signs, and a paved walkway up to the top of the bridge.

You can take as much time as you’d like reading the signage, it’s got a lot of interesting facts about the bridge, and then make your way up.

The picture of the sign above gives some good facts about the bridge which are interesting. If you can’t read it on the picture, some of them are:

Construction: 2005-2010


  • Length -1905 Feet
  • Width – 88 feet
  • Roadway Height Above River – 880 feet
  • Roadway Height Above Dam – 280 feet
  • Arch Span Length – 1060 feet

Once on the bridge, it was VERY windy. There’s the railing on the one side, and a tall concrete wall on the other inbetween you and the traffic going across. Towards the center of the bridge it got pretty crowded, so we didn’t go that far. I snapped a couple pictures and that was about it. Nothing that exciting, but learned some interesting facts and saw the Hoover Dam as a quick stop!

Close up of the Dam

Oh, and don’t forget to have your picture taken with the Nevada sign when you’re leaving! :)

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Joe Zink 3 years, 3 months ago

#8 is a really good view!

3 years, 3 months ago Edited
Maura Elko Replied to Joe Zink 3 years, 2 months ago

Yeah it was! You get a great full view of the dam from that bridge.

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
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