Benfield's 2013 Travels travel blog

New roadway approaching the Colorado River gorge bridge

It's just around the curve...

Hoover Dam



Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge crosses the Colorado River Gorge


Generator intakes

Lake Mead upstream from the dam


The lake behind the dam


Having tonight's show tickets in hand and the day to kill until 7:30 when the theater doors were scheduled to open, we decided to drive to Hoover Dam to see the new bridge over the Colorado River gorge just downstream of the dam. We were somewhat surprised to find the visitor services at the dam in full operation in spite of the government shut-down. Mary went on the internet via our smart phone and determined that the dam is not operated by appropriated funds but by funds that come from operation of the dam, most notably the electricity generated. National Park Service facilities in the area were closed and baricated as expected. We drove the new road and crossed the bridge high above the river. Unfortunately, because of the high barrier walls, you can’t see the dam from the road when travelling east. We went to the first Arizona interchange and turned around for the return trip. There is a walkway along the dam-side of the bridge which was being used by a fair number of tourists. We took the first Nevada exit which gives access to the old road down to and across the dam. This is the tourist route.

There may not have been a big crowd on the bridge but the dam was crawling with tourists. They were like ants. We drove across the dam stopping many times for pedestrians in crosswalks and parked on the Arizona side, the only location of over-sized vehicle parking. We wandered around but stayed fairly close to where we parked and took some pictures of the lake side of the dam. The water is down probably sixty feet or more below where it was the first time we visited the dam with Danica in 1997. The water level has been low for several years as we discovered the last time we were here in 2010. After getting some pictures, we got back in the truck and drove back to Las Vegas.

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