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Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Swim, boat, hike, cycle, camp and fish at America’s first and largest national recreation area. With striking landscapes and brilliant blue waters, this year-round playground spreads across 1.5 million acres of mountains, canyons, valleys and two vast lakes. See the Hoover Dam from the waters of Lake Mead or Lake Mohave, or find solitude in one of the park's nine wilderness areas. Approximately 30 miles from Las Vegas. Entrance fees charged.
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  • Out This Door
    Mesa, Arizona236 contributions
    So impressed with the range of recreation and the beautiful views
    Lake Mead National Recreation Area Entered Lake Mead during a SW road trip with our RV March 2023 from the north heading south on 169 through Overton. The toll gate was temporarily closed. There’s loads of boondocking but it was not crowded. With the lake being so low, there’s another layer of parking opened up. We never did make it over the lake during our overnight stay. This is convenient to get to from I15. Hwy 169 is in good shape. So was the road down to the Overton Bay area. Easy to get to with the rig and places to turn around after the houses toward the water. There’s no shade or camping services. Be self-contained. Lots of donkeys and feral horses here. We went into Valley of Fire State Park which was interesting. But even better was Northshore Drive continuing on Hwy 169 south toward Henderson. Gorgeous scenery and gorgeously made road, easy driving! There are several parking areas to stop and hike or just take a look. Hardly anyone here (they are all at Valley of Fire). Stopped at the Lake Mead Visitor’s Center at Boulder Bay which was superb! Wonderful exhibits, friendly staff, and excellent selection at the gift shop. We will definitely be coming back to Lake Mead to rent a boat and stay longer and explore the hiking trails. #lakemead #nationalrecreationarea #boondock #redrocks #arizona #nevada #rvtravel #roadtrip #outthisdoor
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 6, 2023
  • Sue C.
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania3,739 contributions
    Perfect Drive along the Lake
    Great drive along Lake Mead while heading back to Las Vegas. The water level is rising but still low. Plenty of areas to stop for pictures or picnic. The day we went it was very hot but the water was very blue & relaxing.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 30, 2023
  • melwashere81
    Cleveland, Texas1,205 contributions
    Beautiful scenic drive
    We were heading to Valley of Fire from Hoover Dam and ended up on this scenic road. You do have to pay to drive the road $25 per car, so be prepared. We didn't know we were going to be on this road, so we were caught by surprise. I took a point off because the lady at the entrance was rude to us. There were literally no cars around us, and she scolded us like children for not going to the correct line. I'm so sorry for holding up the non-existent cars everywhere! Anyway, despite that the road is very beautiful and it was worth the price of admission to drive it. There are places to pull off and take pictures as well. Be aware that gas stations are scarce. We almost ran out of gas and had to go out of our way to find a station. When we did, it was $6 a gallon! Also, stop at the visitor centers for information and souvenirs. I'm so glad we drove this road. It was so beautiful
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Johnny G
    Envigado, Colombia757 contributions
    Stunning Lake View…
    Another must-see when visiting Vegas. Stunning view from the lookout! Sad to see how the waterline has receded from its normal levels due to less rain and higher water usage. However, it’s still an impressive sight to see. Very easy to get to. Small parking area, but you’ll quickly get a spot due to the quick rotation of visitors.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 1, 2023
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bcheong
Shanghai, China26,650 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Flew over this lake in our grand canyon helicopter tour. An artificial lake formed by the hoover dam and it’s the largest reservoir in the US, wow
Written December 29, 2023
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Veronica P
Fresno, CA1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Family
When all you need is some peace and a beautiful place to stay with your family, such comfort is found at this place. In hopes to plan a trip soon to return. =)
Written November 28, 2023
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Johnny G
Envigado, Colombia757 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Another must-see when visiting Vegas. Stunning view from the lookout!

Sad to see how the waterline has receded from its normal levels due to less rain and higher water usage. However, it’s still an impressive sight to see.

Very easy to get to. Small parking area, but you’ll quickly get a spot due to the quick rotation of visitors.
Written November 1, 2023
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DrCDB
Chile507 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
A very extensive area where you can find not only the Mead Lake form based on the hoover dam creation but you can find as well a couple beaches, rivers, trails and access to the Hoover Dam too.
Written September 9, 2023
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melwashere81
Cleveland, TX1,205 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We were heading to Valley of Fire from Hoover Dam and ended up on this scenic road. You do have to pay to drive the road $25 per car, so be prepared. We didn't know we were going to be on this road, so we were caught by surprise. I took a point off because the lady at the entrance was rude to us. There were literally no cars around us, and she scolded us like children for not going to the correct line. I'm so sorry for holding up the non-existent cars everywhere! Anyway, despite that the road is very beautiful and it was worth the price of admission to drive it. There are places to pull off and take pictures as well.

Be aware that gas stations are scarce. We almost ran out of gas and had to go out of our way to find a station. When we did, it was $6 a gallon! Also, stop at the visitor centers for information and souvenirs. I'm so glad we drove this road. It was so beautiful
Written September 7, 2023
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Sue C.
Pittsburgh, PA3,739 contributions
Jul 2023
Great drive along Lake Mead while heading back to Las Vegas. The water level is rising but still low. Plenty of areas to stop for pictures or picnic.
The day we went it was very hot but the water was very blue & relaxing.
Written July 30, 2023
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Diane K
Wallingford, PA927 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
We drove through the park on the way to the Valley of Fire. What fabulous scenic drive we thoroughly enjoyed it! Quiet roads and beautiful scenic overlook. Amazing vistas.
Written June 22, 2023
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KARYN S
San Diego, CA7 contributions
May 2023
Wonderful place but a bit difficult to navigate; we had to ask others for information but we did not have a map!
Written May 15, 2023
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David S
1 contribution
Apr 2023 • Couples
The NRA campground was a good stop although the comfort station could have benefited from a little TLC. But it was quiet and restful.
We thoroughly enjoyed Hoover dam. Took the tour and checked out the visitor center. Found some good eateries in Boulder City.
It was a short drive to the Strip in Las Vegas.
Written April 24, 2023
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Out This Door
Mesa, AZ236 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Entered Lake Mead during a SW road trip with our RV March 2023 from the north heading south on 169 through Overton. The toll gate was temporarily closed. There’s loads of boondocking but it was not crowded. With the lake being so low, there’s another layer of parking opened up. We never did make it over the lake during our overnight stay. This is convenient to get to from I15. Hwy 169 is in good shape. So was the road down to the Overton Bay area. Easy to get to with the rig and places to turn around after the houses toward the water. There’s no shade or camping services. Be self-contained. Lots of donkeys and feral horses here.

We went into Valley of Fire State Park which was interesting. But even better was Northshore Drive continuing on Hwy 169 south toward Henderson. Gorgeous scenery and gorgeously made road, easy driving! There are several parking areas to stop and hike or just take a look. Hardly anyone here (they are all at Valley of Fire).

Stopped at the Lake Mead Visitor’s Center at Boulder Bay which was superb! Wonderful exhibits, friendly staff, and excellent selection at the gift shop. We will definitely be coming back to Lake Mead to rent a boat and stay longer and explore the hiking trails.

#lakemead #nationalrecreationarea #boondock #redrocks #arizona #nevada #rvtravel #roadtrip #outthisdoor
Written April 6, 2023
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LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)