Originally posted by WolfofWar
I have a few hoover dam questions:
Wheres the dam bathroom?
Is there any dam elevators?
Wheres the dam smell coming from (They smell like limestone, dams do.)
"Wheres the dam bathroom?"
There are quite a few of the fiberglass outdoor potties around the view sites.
Most times, pretty miserable for the ladies.
They don't clean them well or often.
There are bathrooms for the public inside the dam if you take the tour.
If you're simply passing over the dam headed for Boulder City at the top of the hill, Henderson or Las Vegas, a good potty stop is the Hacienda
casino at the top of the not-too-long hill leaving the dam proper.
Access to the parking lot is easy.
Leave a few bucks in the slot machines as a token of appreciation if you like.
"Is there any dam elevators?"
A couple, maybe four.
They start at the top of the dam and are available to those taking the tour.
The tour is very worthwhile and everyone should do it at least once.
"Wheres the dam smell coming from (They smell like limestone, dams do.) "
Got me there.
I would guess from the old cement.
Seems like old cement structures, dams and buildings always smell like that.
If you drive up Hwy 93 from Kingman or Laughlin be advised there is an inspection station about 10-15 miles south of the dam.
If you're turned back, you're looking at a 60-65 mile drive to the Hwy 68 intersection and perhaps 25 miles to Laughlin at the Colorado River at the
bottom of the hill.
Then it's another 25-27 miles or so up away from the River to Hwy 95 which parallels Hwy 93, but is on the West side of the River.
95 hits the highway to Las Vegas/Henderson about 2-3 miles west of Boulder City.
Once you hit the Hwy 68/95 intersection you're looking at 65-70 miles up that highway to Boulder City.
The west side inspection station is about 2-3 miles down the hill from the casino
There are phone numbers you can call for information as well as tune your AM radio to the dam information frequency - 1610 khz I believe.
Big diesel tractor-trailer rigs are not allowed.
U-Haul trailers, enclosed box race car type trailers with furniture or anything packed in to where the officers cannot inspect it easily is
Empty or with just a few things within are ok.
As is a race car or other car inside a race car type trailer.
No containers of gasoline allowed.
Big and small motor homes along with big and small travel trailers are allowed as are pickup mounted campers.
You will be directed to a separate inspection area with any large enclosed vehicle - including the trailers mentioned above - for inspection.
Most times it's quick, the officers are efficient and friendly.
Pickups with an enclosed bed, fiberglass or canvas will be inspected as well.
Obey the posted speed limit across the dam.
There's usually a patrol car at each end of the dam and a whole lot of pedestrians on the sidewalks, but every once in a while some of them will step
right in front of you.
Take note as well of the small, but powerful diesel truck tow rig sitting in the small fenced lot just up from the new copper sheathed restaurant on
the west side of the dam.
The dam is a marvelous place and even though it's been there for many years, you will be amazed.
If you have the opportunity, cross over at night during your return trip.
A beautiful sight.
An excellent aerial photo of the dam and out a ways:
Note that there is a four lane bypass under construction.
Open in 2006 or 2007.
More than likely you'll still be able to drive down to the dam for the tour, but will not be able to cross over unless you stop.
The bypass will be the highest bridge in the US when completed.
It's approx. 1/4 mile downstream from the dam.
The same address listed above will give you views and information on the bypass.
I live south of the dam a ways and cross it 2-3 times a year.
Always a nice experience.
(Edited for clarification.)
[edit on 20-2-2006 by Desert Dawg]
[edit on 20-2-2006 by Desert Dawg]