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13 Best Things To Do In Boulder City, Nevada, US - Updated 2020

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Are you in Vegas and starting to get a little sick of drinking and gambling the whole day away? Don’t worry, just rent a car and drive 30 km (18 miles) southeast to Boulder City. First, driving through the area will allow you to experience the amazing desert, with the sun high in the sky, and sand and cactuses wherever you look. Second, Boulder City has something for history lovers, nature lovers, and adventure lovers alike. And if you’re wondering where to stay in Boulder City, then a range of interesting options are available to you - from the top hotels to the best Airbnbs in Boulder City. With your accommodation taken care of, you can go out and explore this great city. Check out the 13 best things to do in Boulder City, Nevada.

1. Railroad Museum

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If you were ever curious about the history of the famous US railroad that used to run through the entire country, transporting gold, animals, and people since 1827, there is no better place for you than Boulder City. Nevada State Railroad Museum offers a big collection of locomotives, train cars, and photographs. You can also take the train, which is from 1930s; there’s no better way to experience the past. The train leaves from Nevada Southern Railway station (off Yucca Street). The ride is 11.25 km (7 miles) long (the trip is about 45 minutes) and takes you along the historic Boulder Branch Line. The trip will cost you 10 USD and admission to the museum is 6 USD.

Nevada State Railroad Museum

Railway Station Address: 601 Yucca Street, Boulder City, Nevada 89005

Museum Address: 2180 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701

Website: Railway and Museum

2. Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

The blue water running under the amazing arched bridge through the big canyon–that just asks for a photo. But Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge is not only a place for nice shots. The bridge was opened in 2010 in order to create a safer route than US 93 over the Hoover Dam (which was identified as “dangerous” as early as the 1960s), and it was named to honour the Korean War veteran Mike O'Callaghan and the football player killed in Afghanistan, Pat Tillman.

Interesting fact: since its opening, there have been 8 suicides on the bridge.

Memorial Bridge

Address: Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Website: Memorial Bridge

3. Hoover Dam (from USD 68.0)

The Memorial Bridge, mentioned above, gives a spectacular view of the Hoover Dam, which is located in the Black Canyon on the Colorado River. It was opened in 1936 and was built to control floods and produce hydroelectric power. Today, the Hoover Dam is still in use and there are two lanes of traffic that run across it. The Bureau of Reclamation offers tours of the dam where you can learn a lot about its history and purpose. The tour lasts 1 hour and costs 30 USD. It’s recommended to book the tour in advance.

Hoover Dam

Address: Nevada 89005

Website: Hoover Dam

Ultimate Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes

10 reviews

4. Boulder City-Hoover Dam Museum

Hoover Dam, Nevada (Arizona-Nevada, USA) -- 2012 -- 6125
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A great place to find out more about the Hoover Dam and about Boulder City itself is the Boulder City Museum. It offers interactive exhibits, showing both social and economic history of the town. You can see photographs and artefacts from the construction of the Hoover Dam, and you can hear stories of workers and their families, detailing how they worked, how they lived, and what dangers they faced. The museum is open 7 days a week, from 10 am to 5 pm, and admission costs only 2 USD.

Boulder City-Hoover Dam Museum

Address: 1305 Arizona Street, Boulder City, Nevada

Website: Museum

Boulder City Historic District Self-guided Tour from Las Vegas

Duration: 3 to 7 hours

1 review

5. Willow Beach Harbor

Willow Beach
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Let’s now move on to the more relaxing and mind-cleaning natural attractions of Boulder City. Willow Beach, with its 378 km (235 miles) of shoreline, lies by Lake Mohave in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and is heaven for everybody who loves fun in the water and being out in nature. There is a wide variety of wildlife living around the lake and plenty of water activities, like kayaking, that will prevent you from getting bored here. The beach has a campground, marina, and offers rentals of many kinds of watercrafts such as kayaks, canoes, and powerboats. There is also a convenience store, restaurant, and gift shop located in the marina, so you don’t have to worry about going to town too often.

Willow Beach Harbor

Address: 25804 Willow Beach Rd, Willow Beach, AZ 86445

Website: Willow Beach

6. Historic Railroad Trail

Designated a Historic National Trail, this hike is an awesome opportunity to connect with nature while learning. The trail goes through 5 old railroad tunnels, which were last used in 1961. It’s also the last part of the Hoover Dam Railroad system that isn’t disturbed or underwater. The nature here is also beautiful; keep a lookout for bighorn sheep, owls, ravens, and you can also see rattlesnakes or scorpions, so remember to be careful and stay on the trail!

You can access the trail from the Alan Bible Visitor Center or from the Hoover Dam parking garage (the garage fee is 10 USD).

Historic Railroad Trail

Website: Trail Information

Scenic Bike Tour of Hoover Dam and Lake Mead from Las Vegas

Duration: 6 hours

6 reviews

7. Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area

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Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area is almost 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres) of breathtaking landscape, full of red hills, yellow meadows, and amazing wildlife. Tens of biking, hiking, and equestrian trails provide the opportunity for peace and solitude together with nature. It’s also a place of cultural education with its Petroglyph Site, with many examples of rock art, including petroglyphs and pictographs. Here you’ll find interesting things to do for the whole day and still won’t see everything.

Sloan Canyon

Website: Sloan Canyon Tourist Information

8. Hemenway Valley Park

Hemenway Valley Park, overlooking Lake Mead, will give you an opportunity to spot (and count) bighorn sheep without even leaving the town. On the grass around picnic tables, you can even spot 100 bighorns. This park is located right in the middle of Boulder City, and right across the street, you’ll find a perfect place to go and enjoy slightly cooler weather in the evening, especially if you’re travelling with the whole family. In Hemenway Valley Park, you can find a playground, horseshoe pits, and basketball and tennis courts.

Hemenway Park

Address: 401 Ville Dr, Boulder City, NV 89005

Website: Hemenway Park

Deluxe Petit Tour of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and Historic Boulder City

Duration: 3 hours

1 review

9. Kayaking with Evolution Expeditions

Evolution Expeditions will take you on an amazing tour around Lake Mead, or for a breathtaking adventure down the Colorado River to Emerald Cave and its crystal clear, green water. Or, if you always wanted to kayak in the dark, they have an option for you–Kayak Twilight! Evolution Expeditions offers a wide array of options to create a perfect adventure for everyone. Tours take from 3 to 7 hours and cost approximately 129 to 199 USD. The packages have different durations and you’ll encounter a variety of attractions, but all will be an unforgettable experience for sure.

Kayaking with Evolution Expeditions

Address: 10300 W Charleston Blvd #13, Las Vegas, NV 89135

Website: Evolution Expeditions

Black Canyon Kayak Full-Day Tour from Las Vegas with Lunch

Duration: 12 hours

10 reviews

10. Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon

But if you prefer being in the air a little more than in the water, I have something for you too. Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon offers a 2.4 km (1.5 mile) zipline ride down the Red Mountains over the Mojave Desert. You’ll be riding down over beautiful red and yellow landscape, full of great desert plants and animals. But don’t expect to have too much time for admiring the view, because you’re going to be riding down at a speed of over 95 kmh (60 mph). That sounds like a blast!

The zipline ride costs 159 USD.

Zipline Ride

Address: 1644 Nevada Highway Boulder City, NV 89005

Website: Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon

Bootleg Canyon Zipline Tour

Duration: 4 hours

10 reviews

11. Cascata

Wolf Creek Golf, Mesquite, Nevada
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Cascata is a beautiful golf course in Boulder City that is set against the backdrop of a mountain. This golfing facility is the ideal place to tee off in the middle of the desert in Nevada. Designed Rees Jones, this golf course is beautifully landscaped and offers a range of facilities, including caddie services, a pro shop, a lovely restaurant, and more.


Address: 1 Cascata Dr, Boulder City, NV 89005, United States

Website: Cascata

Opening hours: 8am - 4pm (daily)

12. Gold Strike Hot Springs Trail Head

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For a bit of adventure in Boulder City, make your way to Gold Strike Hot Springs Trail Head. Embark on a hike amidst giant boulders and rocks through Gold Strike Canyon to reach the end of the trail to some hot spring pools. A dip in the pools will be your reward for the strenuous hike involving a lot of clambering, climbing, bouldering and walking. Those who love rugged adventures in nature will surely enjoy visiting Gold Strike Hot Springs Trail Head.

Gold Strike Hot Springs Trail Head

Address: 601 Great Basin Hwy, Boulder City, NV 89005, United States

13. Boulder Beach

Memorial Day 2013
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Located on the banks of Lake Mead, Boulder Beach is a popular weekend destination for locals and visitors alike. This sandy beach extends for more than a mile and offers a range of activities to visitors. Popular things to do here are boating, swimming, sunbathing, sailing, and more. You can also enjoy a relaxing picnic with your family and friends or enjoy a walk along the many nature trails at Boulder Beach.

Boulder Beach

Address: Boulder City, NV 89005, United States

Website: Boulder Beach

Desert Railbike Ride and Train Ride in Boulder City

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Hoover Dam Scenic Drive by Polaris Slingshot

Duration: 4 hours

2 reviews

Small town: BIG attractions

Boulder City, View of Lake Mead
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Just a half an hour drive from Las Vegas, Boulder City is not very popular and not very touristy, but is just as worthy of a visit as the famous Las Vegas!

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