5 Star Route

The Hoover Dam is a whole lot of concrete and whole lot of history. And luckily for us gravel types, there’s a scenic way to get to the dam which starts along the shores of Lake Mead, twists up through a series of impressive tunnels, and then ends up at the dam.  So skip taking the tour bus …  

The basics on the Hoover Dam: thousands of workers built it in the 1930s and it is located in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. Over a million people a year visit the Hoover Dam which means getting there on the gravel backroads is just all that cooler. The dam generates power for customers across Nevada, California, and Arizona. The Hoover Dam sits smack dab on the border between Arizona and Nevada.  For more fun facts on the Hoover Dam, Wikipedia seems to offer quite a lot along with the Bureau of Reclamation website.

Ride Details
This is a pretty simple route to follow and if you get off course it will become evident quickly. **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Out & Back: 16 miles / 1400 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 50% gravel, 25% paved bike path, 25% paved road
eBike Friendly: No
– Location: ~ Las Vegas, Nevada
– Course by: Captain “O”
– Published: November 2019



When we like to ride this …

Spring, Fall, Winter. Heed the warning signs! This route can be very hot in the summer.

The Start

Boulder Beach Picnic area / Boulder Beach Campground.
Lat / Long: 36.039123, -114.803375

Food / Water

Visitor Center just before the dam.


Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File


Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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