Yahoo Weather

You are here

HOOVER DAM JACKIN’ UP ITS PRICES

The Prez visiting Hoover Dam. Bet he didn't pay a fee for the tour, but you will now pay more.
The Prez visiting Hoover Dam. Bet he didn't pay a fee for the tour, but you will now pay more.

Citing an increase in maintenance and operation costs, the entrance fees to some Hoover Dam Visitor Center attractions, and the cost of parking in the garage and Arizona spillway lot.

The entrance fee for the visitor center will be $10 per person (an increase from $8). Rates for the 30-minute guided power plant tour, which includes admission to the visitor center, will be $15 (up from $11). Parking in the garage and Arizona spillway lot is available for $10 (up from $7). The extensive one-hour dam tour ticket, which includes visitor center entry, is $30 per person.

For seniors, military personnel with ID and youth ages four to 16, entrance to the Visitor Center will be $10, and the power plant tour will be $12. Military personnel in uniform and children up to age three receive the tour for free.

The rate hikes go into effect Friday.

Parking will remain free on the Arizona side of the dam.

The dam draws more than 1 million visitors per year, 800,000 of which visit the visitors center and tour the facility.

This is the first increase to visitor center rates in eight years, according to the Lower Colorado Region of the Bureau of Reclamation, and comes based in part on the increased cost of operations, as well as maintenance at the facility and an economic comparison to other regional state and private attractions.

“Hoover Dam tours have been conducted since 1937 and the facility remains a premier attraction in Southern Nevada,” the Bureau said in a statement.