This dam on the Colorado River is 70 miles downstream from Hoover Dam and forms Lake Mohave. It serves to produce energy, and is well worth a visit if you're interested in engineering on this scale. Walk right up to the dam's walls and wander through the scenic park next door for further scenic views of this imposing edifice.
Grapevine Canyon Petroglyphs
You've never seen anything quite like the petroglyphs that mark the rock shelters throughout this vast canyon. One of the United States' listed Historic Places, you'll find over 700 petroglyphs here, created between 1100 and 1900 AD. Though the area was inhabited by the Mojave, the glyphs' meaning is obscure - see if you can work it out.
Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area
One of Nevada's newest state parks, Big Bend wows visitors with its scenic views and incredible rock formations. Popular entertainment includes boating, fishing and swimming, plus shoreside picnics. From the coast, the mountains rise dramatically into the sky, dwarfing the kayaks that float on the water below.
This reservoir floats between the Colorado River and Cottonwood Valley. Nearly 30,000 acres of water are home to a large population of striped bass, which have become the favourites for fishermen on the lake. But there are other species too; bluegill, green sunfish and crayfish can all be found in the clear water.
Christmas Tree Pass
Take the 12 mile trip through Christmas Tree Pass and enjoy views of the Colorado River Valley and the endless Mojave Desert. The trail takes you through Lake Mead Recreation Area, and isn't far from Boulder or Las Vegas, making it the ideal road trip to or from your holiday home.