The blue water may be deceiving, because its was 119 degree when I took this photo. You will not see the boys or Fluff in any photos at Hoover Dam because they refused to get out of the air conditioned car. The Temp up at the main road was 95, but the temp rises as you drive down the road to the dam. It's like you're driving down into an oven.
That being said, I absolutely loved seeing the Hoover Dam in person! I usually hate seeing man-made stuff in nature, but I was in Awe. Photos do not do this massive dam justice.
The Bridge you see behind the dam is the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. It crosses above the Colorado River on the border of AZ and NV. It is the 2nd highest bridge in the US. As you drive down the canyon towards hoover dam there is a trailhead on the left that you can stop at and hike up to the bridge and walk across it. I parked the car, we stepped out, and then the boys hopped back in the car and began listing every excuse they could come up with to get out of walking in the heat. Fluff didn't want anything to do with getting out of the car either. The dry heat is much easier to deal with than humidity, but after 110 degrees I do feel like I'm starting to cook.
Don't be us, if you go to the Hoover Dam, go in the winter, or at least fall or spring. We'll go back when we're in the area next.
Directions: About 30 miles/45 minutes from Las Vegas. Take US Highway 93 South and continue about 20 miles to Boulder City. In Boulder City, take a left at the second stoplight in town (there are only 2 of them). Continue on US 93 for about 5 miles to the turn-off to Nevada State Route 172 - the Hoover Dam Access Road. Take NV SR 172 for about 2 miles to the Dam on the Nevada/Arizona border.