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RV Camping at Lake Mead National Park: Exploring Hoover Dam and Beyond

After spending a month boondocking in the stunning red rock country of Utah, we were ready for a change of scenery. Our next stop? Lake Mead National Park and the iconic Hoover Dam. As full-time RVers, we’re always on the lookout for unique camping experiences, and Boulder Beach Campground seemed to fit the bill perfectly. But with soaring temperatures and no hookups, would this desert oasis turn out to be a mirage? Join us as we navigate the challenges and joys of RV camping at Lake Mead, explore the surprising beauty of Hoover Dam, and discover some hidden gems along the way.

Boulder Beach Campground: What to expect when RV camping at Leak Mead.

If you’re looking for a unique RV camping experience near Las Vegas, Boulder Beach Campground at Lake Mead National Park is definitely worth considering. We recently spent a few days at this no-hookup campground and discovered both the joys and challenges of camping in this desert oasis.

One of the first things to note about Boulder Beach is that while it doesn’t offer hookups, it’s right next door to Lake Mead RV Village, which does have full hookups. We found Boulder Beach to be the prettier of the two, with more trees and shade. However, if you absolutely need hookups, Lake Mead RV Village is a good alternative. Just be sure to reserve early, especially if you have a big rig, as spots can fill up quickly.

A few key things to keep in mind when RV camping at Boulder Beach:

  • The roads are easy to navigate, but larger RVs should definitely book a spot in advance to ensure they get a site that can accommodate their size.
  • There is a dump station, but no potable water fill for RV tanks. Come with your water tanks already filled, or be prepared to fill jugs at the small spigots near the bathrooms.
  • While the desert landscape is stunning, the temperatures can soar, especially in the summer months. Be prepared for intense heat and have a plan for keeping your RV cool.

Despite the lack of hookups and the hot temperatures, we really enjoyed our time at Boulder Beach. The stark beauty of the desert, the proximity to Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, and the opportunity to disconnect and enjoy nature made it a memorable stop on our RV journey.


Is Visiting Hoover Dam Worth Your Time?

If you’re considering a visit to Hoover Dam, you might be wondering if it’s worth taking time out of your trip to see this iconic structure. After our recent experience, we can confidently say that it absolutely is.

First and foremost, the sheer scale and grandeur of Hoover Dam is something that can’t be fully appreciated until you’re standing right in front of it. The Art Deco details, the massive curved wall, and the way it seems to emerge organically from the canyon walls all combine to create a breathtaking sight. It’s an impressive feat of human engineering that showcases both form and function.

Beyond the visual impact, a visit to Hoover Dam is also an educational experience. The visitor center provides a wealth of information about the dam’s history, construction, and ongoing importance in providing water and power to the Southwest. You’ll come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the monumental effort and sacrifice that went into creating this modern marvel.

If you do plan to visit Hoover Dam, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Arrive early to avoid crowds and potential parking issues. The parking lot can fill up quickly, especially during peak season.
  • Be prepared for security checks, as Hoover Dam is a federally protected facility. All vehicles and visitors must pass through a security checkpoint before entering.
  • Take time to explore the visitor center and consider taking a guided tour for even more in-depth information and access to additional areas of the dam.
  • Bring water, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes, as there is a fair amount of walking involved in visiting the dam and exploring the surrounding area.

In conclusion, if you have the opportunity to visit Hoover Dam, we highly recommend it. It’s a unique and impressive attraction that offers both visual wonder and educational value. Just be sure to plan ahead and come prepared for a memorable experience.

Our visit to Lake Mead National Park and Hoover Dam may not have gone exactly as planned, but that’s the beauty of the RV life – it’s always an adventure! From the challenges of camping in the desert heat to the awe-inspiring beauty of Hoover Dam, this trip reminded us to embrace the unexpected and find joy in every moment.


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