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The world's largest man made lake


The Dam That Made It Happen


The Mission:

The Bureau of Reclamation's mission is to manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public. Hoover Dam is one of the Bureau of Reclamation's multipurpose projects on the Colorado River. Hoover Dam's authorized purposes are: "flood control; improvement of navigation and regulation of the Colorado River; storage and delivery of Colorado River waters for reclamation of public lands and other beneficial uses exclusively within the United States; and hydroelectric power production. FOIA |   Bureau of Reclamation - Lower Colorado Region |

The Story of Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam is a testimony to a country's ability to construct monolithic projects in the midst of adverse conditions. Built during the Depression; thousands of men and their families came to Black Canyon to tame the Colorado River. It took less than 5 years, in a harsh and barren land, to build the largest dam of its time. Now, more than 60 years later, Hoover Dam still stands as a world-renowned structure. The dam is a National Historic Landmark and has been rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America's Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders.

And look out for these guys, they hang around the mountains by the dam and in


Red Rock Canyon is just 20 miles west of Las Vegas.

For those who aren't up to hiking and camping, there is a wonderful driving loop through the canyon.

You might run into some of these curious fellows, as well as other wildlife if you keep your eyes open

The Bureau of Land Management will host a series of clinics leading up to an October 8 adoption of Wild Horses and Burros in the Las Vegas, NV. The wild horses and burros to be adopted were gathered from the Red Rock Canyon area July 29 - August 1. A total of 44 horses and 56 burros were gathered.

Now, before we get too far north, let's take a side trip back to the south, and visit