Lake Mead Travel Information

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Lake Mead Cruises

hooverdamA great way to explore Lake Mead without spending a lot of time or money is a paddlewheel adventure.  These cruises are the only National Park Service authorized tour on Lake Mead and operate year round except Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Tours offer passengers spectacular views of Lake Mead and the breathtaking scenery surrounding it.  Photographers will love the colorful landscapes and panoramic views, so bring your camera. Just a few of the awesome landmarks include Fortification Hill, a clearly-defined, extinct volcano, and the Arizona Paint Pots, a wonderland of color.

All tours take in magnificant Hoover Dam from the water.  A marvel of engineering, Hoover Dam stands a majestic 726 feet high and is an incredible 660 feet wide at its base. It is a sight you will always remember. 

Tours depart from the Lake Mead Cruise landing, just minutes from Hoover Dam.  Directions will be provided in your confirmation.

Cruise on board the Desert Princess and the Desert Princess Too.  The Desert Princess is an authentic, three -level, Mississippi-style paddlewheeler. Just being on board takes you back to the Old South. The Desert Princess is U.S. Coast Guard certified for 300 passengers and 10 crew members. She is spaciously equipped with 2 climate-controlled enclosed decks and an open promenade deck just perfect for taking in the cool, clean air and the wondrous sights. If you're looking for an excursion aboard a vessel that has plenty of room to move around, lots of outdoor deck space to take photographs and videos, and a smooth ride, the Desert Princess is just the vessel for you.

The Desert Princess Too is a two level, Mississippi-style paddlewheeler just waiting to show you an "Outrageously Great Time." Her charm and intimacy will make you feel like you're aboard you're own family's yacht. The Desert Princess Too is U.S. Coast Guard certified for up to 149 passengers and 5 crew members. She has one climate-controlled, enclosed deck, and one covered promenade deck to take maximum advantage of the breathtaking scenery that will surround you.

Both vessels are US Coast Guard compliant with passenger vessel handicap regulations, but wheelchairs cannot access upper deck.  Bathrooms are available on both boats.

All cruise reservations require a credit card to reserve your seat.  Due to the popularity of these cruises, guaranteed reservations are strongly recommended. Boarding on Lake Mead Cruises' tours begins approximately 1/2 hour prior to departure.


National Park Service entry fee is not included in the rate.  This fee is paid at the entrance station to the Park.

Daily Cruises -- Depart at 12 noon and 2 p.m. 1-1/2 hour.

$26.00 per adult and $13.00 per child (ages 2 to 11). Full service snack bar and Paddlewheel Grill on board. 

Brunch Cruise - Operates April 1 through October 31 Sundays only, departing at 10 a.m. Features a traditional American style buffet breakfast. 1-1/2 hour

$45 per adult, and $19.50 per child (ages 2 to 11). April 1 through October 31 cruises run every Sunday, departing at 10 a.m.

Dinner Cruise - Cruise runs Sunday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m. from April 1 through October 31.  Menu choice of beef, chicken, seafood or pasta. Two hours.

$61.50 per adult, and $25.00 per child (ages 2 to 11).


MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover Card are all acceptable forms of payment. Your card will be charged for the full amount of the tour when reservations are made.

Children's prices apply to those ages 2 years to 11 years. Babies under 2 years are free, except on the Dinner Dance Cruise.

No smoking is permitted inside the vessels, but smoking is allowed in designated areas on the outside decks. Dress is casual and layered clothing is recommended.




All rates and amenities subject to change.


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