Boulder City was developed in the early 1930s by the US Bureau of Reclamation as housing for the many workers that came to the area to construct Hoover Dam. The bureau continued to run the city until 1958. Town regulations originally banned gambling and alcohol within the city limits and gambling is still not permitted in town. The sale of alcohol was approved in the mid-1960s.
Hoover Dam and adjacent Lake Mead are the most popular attractions in the Boulder City area. Visitors can tour the 1244-foot Hoover Dam and view the artifacts and photos in the adjoining museum. The 1.5 million-acre Lake Mead Recreation Area hosts over 8 million visitors each year. The park offers a marina, hiking and biking trails, a myriad of water sports, and unique rock formations.
Visiting Boulder City
Boulder City is just a 30 minute drive from Las Vegas and a three-hour drive from the Grand Canyon. City zoning limits hotels to just 35 rooms, so you won't find large casino hotels here. In fact the city charter prohibits gambling within the city limits, making Boulder City the only city in Nevada where gaming is illegal. Instead, you'll find small hotels and bed and breakfast inns, such as the Boulder Dam Hotel, a gracious 22-room inn listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Dining choices include Mexican, Chinese, and the local hang-out, the Creekside Grill.
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