Start your trip at the Lake Mead Visitor’s Center where you can learn about the various animals, fish, and plants that call Lake Mead home. The visitor’s center is also where you can get updates on park conditions. Sometimes trails are closed for maintenance, so make sure to check to see if your chosen adventure is available.
Renting a boat is the best way to truly explore the lake. Some areas of the lake are, in fact, only accessible via boat, including a truly unique view of the hoover dam from the water. There are multiple sites to rent a boat on the lake. Lake Mead Marina, Calville Bay Marina, and Willow Beach Harbor all offer boat rentals for the day. Before renting, you will need to be authorized to drive a boat in your home state.
If you’d rather have someone else do the driving, we suggest taking a Black Canyon Raft Tour. The tour is a three hour trip through the black canyon, directly below Hoover Dam. In addition to providing life jackets and a tour guide, this tour also provides a boxed lunch.
Hiking around Lake Mead is available for both those with lots of hiking experience and those with little hiking experience. My favorite hike is the Historic Railroad Trail hike that takes you from the lake to the Hoover Dam. The trail is an easy, paved, 3.6 miles one way.
If you want a workout, I suggest taking a trip to one of the Colorado River hot springs. The Arizona Hot Spring Canyon trail and the Goldstrike Canyon trails will take you to natural Colorado River hot springs. Both of these trails are ranked as very strenuous, and are only recommended for active, experienced hikers. They are also closed during the summer months.