things to do at lake mead
things to do at lake mead

If you are planning a trip to Nevada Lake Mead Recreation Area is a place you don’t want to miss. Lake Mead is America’s first and largest recreation area. Needless to say there is tons to do whether you want a short day hike, a day on the lake or an exciting camping trip. And of course there is the famous Hoover Dam. 


lake mead hiking

One of the best ways to explore the Lake Mead area is on foot. There are 15 trails that range in difficulty. We hiked a short portion of the Arizona Hot Spring Canyon Trail. Even though we knew we wouldn’t finish this strenuous trail, we wanted to at least give it a shot and stretch out legs after the drive from the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas. 

During this hike we walked through the desert. We saw some fascinating rock formations and cactus. It felt like we were walking on another planet. If you are going to do a hike, be sure to bring lots of water. Even in the winter the dry desert will leave you parched. 


There are lots of campgrounds to choose from in the Lake Mead area. There are group campsites, rv sites will full hookups, back country camping and car camping. Camping at Lake Mead is a fantastic way to spend some time exploring the area and getting out in nature. 


There are 6 popular places to swim at Lake Mead. Most of these places have life jacket loaner stations for your safety. The recreation area highly encourages everyone to use life jackets while swimming in the area. You can easily get swept away by the wind and find yourself away from shore. 


Of course a trip to the lake wouldn’t be complete without being on a boat. There are more than 290 square miles of waterway to enjoy. You can bring your own boat or rent one from the marina. Just be sure to follow the rules of the water for your safety and the safety of others around you.

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  1. We love Lake Mead! So many fun things to do! Swimming and kayaking are our favorites! Thanks for the quick tips to spending some time out there…

  2. Oh wow, that place looks so dreamy! Thanks for this post

  3. I love hiking, so this would be a great place for me. Thank you for sharing

  4. looks like a great scenic place to go at Lake Mead! Thanks for sharing

  5. On my list of places to visit. I especially love the part about hiking trails!

  6. I have never been to Nevada, but this post about Lake Mead is making me yearn to visit the lake at least once. Primarily because I love camping at lake side.

  7. Lake Mead looks so lovely! I would like to go hiking there, the scenery is spectacular.

  8. Never heard of lake mead but this would be very interesting to my boys

  9. never heard of it but looks beautiful! will keep this in mind when we visit ! thanks for sharing!

  10. This would make a great day trip! Thanks for the recommendation, boating sounds serene.

  11. This looks like a fun experience for the family. We aren’t big on camping but maybe we should give it a try again!

  12. I would do anything to have a walk viewing this mountain views. OMG. Looks very peaceful.

  13. This looks like a very interesting place to visit

  14. This is definitely on my list to travel to.

  15. Wow. Your pictures are gorgeous!! I have never heard of Lake Mead. It looks like a great place to travel.

  16. Never heard or saw this place. It looks like a desert 😀

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