Boulder City is located just over 20 miles outside Las Vegas, and just a few miles from amazing Hoover Dam. With only 15,000 residents, the small town charm is everywhere and the atmosphere is one of family-oriented fun.
Boulder City was originally built in 1931 to house workers who were building the dam. Gambling and alcohol were prohibited in the city, and Boulder City still stands as one of only two cities in Nevada that prohibits gambling, with alcohol only being legal since 1969.
The town isn’t looking to limit anyone’s enjoyment, but rather guarantee that everyone has a safe time doing it. There’s a lot of people who agree with Boulder City’s small town charm.
So what is there to do? Well, any trip to the area must include a stop at the aforementioned Hoover Dam.
The Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum tells the story of the Boulder Canyon Project as it was experienced by those who were brave enough to endure the once desolate location to construct it.
Boulder City Dam Museum
Boulder City Dam Museum offers three-dimensional and interactive displays that help visitors understand the social and economic forces of the 1929 Stock Market Crash and Depression that drove thousands of unemployed workers to the Nevada desert.
The photographs and artifacts are amazing, and as you view them the sounds of construction ringing off the walls of Black Canyon reinforce the danger the workers endured.
If after visiting the dam you yearn for a more up close water excursion, Evolution Expeditions offers kayaking. Guides will show you a side of Las Vegas that you never knew existed, including up-close views of the Hoover Dam, the wonders of the Black Canyon.
Bootleg Canyon Zip Lines
Bootleg Canyon Flight Lines allows you to view the area from a different perspective from above. It’s a zip line experience with stunning and face paced views of Lake Mead. While not for the faint of heart, it’s a worthwhile excursion for the true adventurer. Flightline Bootleg Canyon.
Boulder City Train Museum
If you are visiting Boulder City on the weekend a must see attraction is the Nevada State Railroad Museum. Along with an impressive collection of locomotives and rolling stock, the museum runs train excursions along a section of the old Boulder City line.
The line was originally s used by Union Pacific Railroad to shuttle supplies for the construction of Hoover Dam. Today the same line is used to shuttle tourists and railfans on a 45-minute scenic train journey.
Boulder City Nevada Events
Boulder City always has a literary of events posted with plenty of time to schedule a visit.
The Annual Easter Egg Hunt brings families from all around for an exciting day while the Boulder City Fine Arts Festival showcases local artists as well as those from all over the region.
The Wurstfest is an annual tradition. Festivities kick off at 10 is with the Wurst Dam Car Show, a showcase of several hundred vehicles in the shaded comfort of a park.
With great food, lots of friendly people, and plenty of activities it’s worth the trip.