Lake Mead is the largest man-made lake and reservoir in the United States. It is located on the Colorado River about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas between the states of Nevada and Arizona. Formed by water impounded by Hoover Dam, it extends 110 miles behind the dam, holding approximately 28.5 million acre feet of water. Tours inside Hoover Dam are also possible.
One of the most popular places in the US for a houseboat holiday, there is no better way to fully take-in and explore this incredibly scenic location. Speed boats can also be hired by the day here too - but arrive early as they soon hire out!
Whether by boat or on foot, with some serious desert hiking, one thing remains the same - the striking backdrop of deep canyons, dry washes, sheer cliffs, distant mountain ranges, colourful soil and rock formations and mosaics of different vegetation.
In contrast, only six miles from Lake Mead is Valley of the Fire State Park, it's Nevada's oldest and largest state park, and definitely also worth a visit whilst you are in this area.
The valley derives its name from the red sandstone formations and the stark beauty of the Mojave Desert. Ancient trees and early man are represented throughout the park by areas of petrified wood and 3,000 year-old Indian petroglyphs.