Chaco Adventures Part 2: Hoover Dam

The second part of our weekend adventure through Lake Mead, Nevada was going to see the historic Hoover Dam.

Hoover Dam wasn’t what I was expecting.  Actually, I don’t really know what I was expecting… just not that.  But it was really cool to see, and it is HUGE!  What I didn’t expect was how close it was to the Las Vegas area.


The weather was perfect at Hoover Dam that day.  The wind had calmed down, coming from crazy windy Stewarts Point at Lake Mead… and alas, we were still looking at Lake Mead when we got there and majority of the drive there because the Lake is so wide in every direction.

When we first got there, we took the escalator down to the Visitor Center…. and promptly got back on to head back up realizing it cost an arm and a leg to go in and we just weren’t that interested to spend that much time and money down there.  But the escalator was one of the longest ones I’d ever been on, so that was cool!

Visitor Center

Dam Escalator Selfie!

While walking the dam,we laughed at the endless “dam” jokes we could think of… the dam walkway… dam tourist… dam bus… dam escalator… dam Gift Shop… the dam dam… (oops that one doesn’t work 🙂 🙂 ).

On the way back home through Las Vegas, we stopped in Boulder City and ate at Chilly Jilly’s, checking off the goal to eat somewhere that isn’t in St. George.  It was delicious.  They had a Pineapple Dole Whip (which brought back sweet memories of Disneyland), Hailame had Chicken Tenders and I ate a Tri-Tip Steak BBQ sandwich.  We loved it and would love to come back.

Chilly Jilly

If you have any recommendations on places to visit near St. George (aside from the main ones: Zions, Snow Canyon, Sand Hallow, Red Cliffs, Kanarraville, etc.) please share them with me!  We are always looking for new spots to visit!

Happy Chaco Adventures!

love, hannah jane


About Hannah Janehttp://makingsimplejoys.wordpress.comWife and Best Friend to Hailame, PCOS Strong, Infertility and Adoption, St. George UT, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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