Hoover Dam Bridge Walkway Access, Wheelchair Access for Your Hoover Dam Tour
Junior – I enjoyed speaking with you the other day about your upcoming scheduled Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas.
I appreciate your concerns and questions about your wife’s health issues, and wheelchair access to the Hoover Dam Bridge.
Although the ramps are wide and certainly meet federal standards, it may be over a thousand steps from the parking lot to the middle of the bridge, and another thousand steps back to the parking lot.
We have to remember, there is also some walking from the parking garage to the visitor center, from the elevator to the power plant (and back to the elevator), out on the dam, etc.
Add a little jet-lag to that from your flight from the east coast, and I think you’ll agree, a wheelchair will make the Hoover Dam tour (and a close-up visit of the Hoover Dam Bridge) much easier for you both.
So, in this case, you may want to consider a wheelchair just because of the distance involved.
This Two-Minute video will help you know what to expect regarding walking and wheelchair access at the Hoover Dam Bridge.
Transcript of Video: “‘Hoover Dam Bridge – Walkway Access, Wheelchair Access for Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas”
Hi, Junior, Marty from Detours.
Here we are at the top of the ramp to the walkway on the Hoover Dam Bridge, looking down toward the parking lot.
And now looking up from the parking lot to the entrance of the Hoover Dam Bridge Walkway.
You can see some people on the wheelchair ramp walking down.
These photos are a little dark; I took these pictures of the Hoover Dam Bridge late yesterday afternoon with some guests on our way back from the Grand Canyon West Rim Skywalk Tour from Las Vegas, and the sun was about ready to set.
So, there’s the edge of the parking lot at the Hoover Dam bridge. You can sort of see the staircase heading up 70 steps; we are going to avoid that and go up the ramp.
In front of us here is a trash can; we’ll use that as a landmark. We’ll begin our walk from the parking lot to the trash can; and at the trash can, we’ll turn left and walk toward the stairs.
There, we’ll find our first horse-shoe turn up to the next ramp. You can see there are several of them. There is a bench for seating and resting at the corners as we go up.
It turns out there are seven ramps, each is about 50 paces from start to the next turn.
There are 70 steps total if you take the staircase, and when you get to the top, of course, there you can see the parking lot.
This is the entrance to the walkway at the Hoover Dam Bridge. It is reasonably flat up there at the top as you enter the walkway onto the bridge.
In this picture these folks are headed toward the bridge walkway… now they are on the bridge walkway… headed toward the middle of the Hoover Dam Bridge.
As we get out there, we’re going to turn around and look back to the entrance of the walkway, from where we just came.
This looks back toward the entrance from the middle of the bridge, heading toward the parking lot again.
There is plenty of room on the walkway, it is smooth and easy to get up to the walkway to the Hoover Dam Bridge.
My recommendation is clear at this point, after checking it carefully yesterday afternoon: Let’s use a wheelchair… let’s make that happen. It will be the easiest and safest, and most energy efficient way to get up there and see it in comfort.
So that is really the best way to do this.
What a beautiful project… I think you are really going to enjoy this. We look forward to seeing you, and you let us know if you have any questions.
Thank You For Watching our ‘Hoover Dam Tours from Las Vegas –
Hoover Dam Bridge Wheelchair Access’ Video.
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