Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Photograph of the Hoover Dam (formerly Boulder Dam) from Across the Colorado River; From the series Ansel Adams Photographs of National Parks and Monuments, compiled 1941 - 1942, documenting the period ca. 1933 - 1942
Photograph of the Hoover Dam (formerly Boulder Dam) from Across the Colorado River; From the series Ansel Adams Photographs of National Parks and Monuments, compiled 1941 – 1942, documenting the period ca. 1933 – 1942

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, located in southern Nevada, near the Arizona border and includes Hoover Dam, the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge and the Black Canyon which is continually carved by the Colorado River. Lake Mead 4×4 trails allow the responsible back country explorer the opportunity to explore and see some of the seldom seen sights of the area.

Hoover Dam takes shape from the concrete columns in which it was poured (shot from cableway control tower downstream on Nevada rim, so looking upstream)
Hoover Dam takes shape from the concrete columns in which it was poured (shot from cableway control tower downstream on Nevada rim, so looking upstream)

Lake Mead is formed when the Hoover Damn, also known as Boulder Damn was built between 1931 and 1936 and restricted flow along the Colorado River which borders Arizona and Nevada. The wedge shaped concrete damn is 660 feet thick at the base and narrows to just 45 feet at the top. US Route 93 used to pass along the top of the damn until 2010 when the Hoover Damn Bypass Route was constructed.

The Hoover Damn bypass under construction about 2010.
The Hoover Damn bypass under construction about 2010.

The town of Boulder, NV was founded to support the construction efforts of the damn and still exists as a quaint town visit and for those who live there, offers some beautiful view of Lake Mead.

Hoover Damn Bypass seen from the top with Hoover Damn.
Hoover Damn Bypass seen from the top with Hoover Damn.

The surrounding areas of the National Recreation area afford the opportunity to camp, hike, picnic, fish or take a 4×4 trail.

The narrows near the Anniversary Mine are a fun place to hike and keep cool. Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada
The narrows near the Anniversary Mine are a fun place to hike and keep cool. Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada

Be aware that Lake Mead is a national recreation area.  There exist a lot of back country roads in the area, but not all of them are open. Destination4x4 strives to ensure that all of our trails are available for travel.

A building foundation in St. Thomas, Nevada which was drown when Lake Mead filled to capacity.
A building foundation in St. Thomas, Nevada which was drown when Lake Mead filled to capacity.

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