A DAM good adventure!

January 23, 2013

From Deborah Wall’s January 2, 2013 column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal VIEW:

Best dam views are accessible to all

The Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge (Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge) on U.S. 93 offers a magnificent visual experience that is accessible to all, and there is no fee to access it. Opened on Oct. 19, 2010, the bridge spans the Black Canyon of the Colorado River approximately 1,500 feet south of Hoover Dam.

This bridge was the first concrete-steel composite arch bridge in the United States. It’s now the longest bridge of its sort in the western hemisphere, at 1,905 feet. It’s 88 feet wide. The walkway is 880 feet above the Colorado River, making it the second highest-walking bridge in the United States.

Pedestrian traffic is allowed along the bridge’s north side, but it is accessed only from the Nevada side. Although there are stairs from the parking area, there are also a series of paved, low-angle switchback ramps. From the parking area to the bridge walkway, those using wheelchairs, strollers or scooters will use these eight paved switchbacks. Although their grade is gentle, those in a wheelchair may need assistance to travel the full distance to the walkway, about 1,000 feet.

At the summit of the switchbacks, many resting benches are available before venturing onto the walkway itself, and interpretive signs give you something interesting to read while resting. Once on the walkway, it is approximately six feet across and about 900 feet to the center of the bridge. As you head across the bridge you will find numerous interpretive signs including one that marks the Arizona-Nevada state boundary.

Besides getting a spectacular view of the dam, you can also see a section of Lake Mead, the largest man-made lake in the United States, which the dam created. The white band along the lake’s perimeter, well above the waterline, is the former shoreline, showing how far the lake has dropped during the long recent years of drought.

Looking down at the lower section of the dam, you can see the location of the turbines that generate hydroelectrical power used throughout the Southwest. A local landmark, Fortification Hill, can be easily viewed from the walkway.

Once they have seen Hoover Dam from the walkway, many visitors also enjoy driving across the dam itself to view it from the Arizona side. From the Memorial Bridge Plaza parking area, head east to drive about two miles across the dam to where the road terminates. Along this drive there are parking and viewing areas for the bridge, dam and Lake Mead. One of the best views is on the Arizona side of the dam at Parking Area 12. Accessible parking is available at all parking areas.

Although accessible tours of the dam itself are not available, the Hoover Dam Visitor Center and Powerplant Tour are wheelchair- and scooter-accessible. For $5 at the main parking garage, wheelchairs can be rented to use on the Powerplant Tour or visiting other locations at the dam. Tours are not recommended for anyone who suffers from claustrophobia or who may have a pacemaker or defibrillator. Call 702-494-2517 or visit www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam.


Take a Hike to Costco!

August 15, 2012

Base Camp author Deborah Wall will be signing books and sharing stories of beautiful trails and amazing adventures in the southwest. Come get inspired to “take a hike” before the summer ends!


If the “Wall” could talk…

July 26, 2011

Calico Tank ~ Photo by Deborah Wall

… and she can! Deborah Wall, author of Base Camp Las Vegas: Hiking the Southwestern States, will present a slideshow featuring photographs from her travels at the Green Valley Library in Henderson from 1-3 p.m. this Saturday, July 30.  A book sale and signing will follow the presentation. Registration is required (702-207-4261). What a cool way to spend a hot summer Saturday afternoon!


Meet Author Wall

June 15, 2011

Mark your calendars! This Saturday, June 18, View columnist Deborah Wall will be speaking and signing copies of her book Base Camp Las Vegas: Hiking the Southwest States at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Gibson Library, and at 6:30 p.m. at the Paseo Verde Library. Enjoy an afternoon – or evening – of hiking adventures!


Unlocking adventure in Keyhole Canyon

June 4, 2011

Once again, Deborah Wall has enticed us with a wonderful hike, just outside of Boulder City. In a recent article for the View in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Deborah invites hikers of all ages to explore the wonders of Keyhole Canyon.


Hiking Hackberry Canyon

May 18, 2011

Author Deborah Wall gives readers all the details of the beautiful Hackberry Canyon in Utah in her latest article for the Las Vegas Review-Journal View. Whether you are a novice or experienced hiker, you will enjoy learning about this hidden gem.


Spring Has Sprung!

May 2, 2011

The weather is beautiful! Time to get out and enjoy the wonders of the southwest. Read the full article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal about some great ideas for the great outdoors!


Visiting Joshua Tree National Park

April 6, 2011

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Deborah Wall

Oases are Joshua Tree park’s gems

Joshua Tree National Park, just outside of Twentynine Palms, Calif., is a great springtime destination to visit for a day or two or even an extended trip to hike, go birding or just drive around looking at wildflowers.

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Red Rock & Roll

October 19, 2010

Calico Tank ~ Photo by Deborah Wall

Get quick fix of wildlife, red cliffs

Deb Wall
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With the sizzling temperatures finally behind us, it’s time to get outside and revel in the stunning nature that surrounds Las Vegas. One of the most favorite and closest places for Las Vegans is the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

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Base Camp Launch

September 21, 2010

By Stacey Fott

On Sunday, September 19th we celebrated the release of Base Camp Las Vegas. The Historic Dam Hotel was the setting for the debut reception. Deborah Wall kept busy signing books throughout the entire event. I am pleased to report we sold all but one copy of Base Camp.

Megan Edwards provides her reaction to the event on her site Living Las Vegas.

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