Boulder City - Nevada

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Boulder City holds a considerable distinction. It is the only city in Nevada without gaming; it was created for the construction of the Hoover Dam, and has developed into a green, friendly, vacation and retirement city. The community services the needs of more than one million visitors who are attracted by Hoover Dam and Lake Mead each year.

The point of all this is just to emphasize that Boulder City makes an intersting place to stay -- even if you're commuting to a casino in Las Vegas, only 19 miles away. The Hacienda Casino (at the former site of the old Gold Strike) is on the highway much closer to Boulder City, if you get desperate. This is a getaway town with great recreation facilities along Lake Mead, all close to the city center via North Shore Road.

What to See & Do

Boulder City, a modern and totally planned community, is blessed with more than its share of parks. The town was actually built by the federal government to house the people who built the dam and then came to run it and the recreation area. There's a free movie about the building of the dam shown in the visitor's bureau, at 441 Nevada Highway.

The town has a golf course. A thriving artists' community provides a good selection of small galleries and crafts shops. Hoover Dam is 7 miles east of Boulder City. The highway crosses the dam with viewpoints offering lake and canyon scenes. Guided tours of the dam and power plant are given daily, except Christmas Day. You can take a cruise on Lake Mead. The Desert Princess operates popular cruises daily throughout the year from 11:30 am, with a special early Sunday breakfast cruise at 9 am. The stern-wheeler tours the southern part of the lake, passing between islands and sailing close to Hoover Dam.

The Lake Mead National Recreation Area is located both north and south of town. The northern edge of Lake Mead has seven marinas with boat rentals (including houseboats). There are campgrounds with 290 spaces for tents, RVs, and trailers, as well as additional private RV parks in the area.

Farther south, via U.S. Highway 93, is the southern section of the national recreation area which includes the canyons just south of the Hoover Dam and Lake Mojave. It stretches along both sides of the Colorado River to just north of Laughlin. This part of the river is popular with rafters. Organized raft trips leave from just beneath Hoover Dam and float through the Black Canyon -- past riverside hot springs and waterf -- lls&emdash;to Willow Beach or on to Lake Mojave. Canoe trips may also be arranged. See the visitor's bureau for schedules.

Boulder City Camping

The campgrounds near Boulder City are under the administration of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. There are six campgrounds in the area. The closest to town is the Hemenway Campground, 5 miles northeast of downtown on State Route 166. As with the other camping areas, there are no showers. There is a boat ramp here.

Boulder Beach Campground is 6 miles northeast of Boulder City on State Route 166. There is a restaurant at this location, plus rental boats and a boat ramp.

Las Vegas Wash Campground is 15 miles north of town, also via State Route 166. Reservations are not accepted at these or the other Lake Mead sites.


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