We recently had a three-day stay at the Las Vegas RV Resort on our way from San Diego to Ouray, Colorado. With such a short amount of time, and with working during the day, we chose our adventures wisely!
Since my husband was still working east coast time, we had time after work to head over to Lake Mead for our bike ride to the Hoover Dam.
Starting Point of our Bike Ride
Just below the Lake Mead Visitor’s Center is a parking lot with bathroom facilities. This lot is large enough to accommodate campers, but it is geared more toward the smaller rigs. The ride from there to the Hoover Dam is gravel, so road bikes aren’t recommended. E-bikes are allowed.
The Historic Railroad Trail
The Historic Railroad Trail is a 7.5-mile round-trip trail, going through several tunnels, and with sweeping views of Lake Mead along the way. As we approached the end of the trail near the dam, we passed the Hoover Dam Boneyard. When we got to the Y, we veered off to the left. The path was marked, but it looked like we are going into the workers’ area. This was the right way to go!
At the end, there was a bike rack to store our bikes. From there, we walked down the walkway to the upper deck of the Hoover Dam Parking Garage.
Views of the Hoover Dam from the top of the Parking Garage
Views of the Hoover Dam from the main level
Once we enjoyed the views from the top of the parking garage, we took the elevator on the left down to the first floor.
After marveling at the glory that was the Hoover Dam, it was time to head back up to our bikes and ride back to the truck.
Dinner in Boulder City, Colorado
Even though the ride was only 7.5 miles, we worked up an appetite. We took the Boulder City Parkway into the historic town, and found a local place. Boulder City is a great small town with lots of charm. Of course, I loved seeing the retro motel signs, similar to the ones we’d seen in Yuma, Arizona.
We also found The Chicken Shack! This great local establishment had big portions and lots of different dipping sauces for the large chicken tenders. We each took half home to have the next day! We highly recommend a stop there for lunch or dinner if you’re in Boulder City.
Our Thoughts on Riding to Hoover Dam
This was a great way to experience Hoover Dam without the hassle of finding parking around the Dam. Finding Boulder City and a delicious meal was an added bonus.
Next week we head to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area!