Travel Information, Tours and Lodging
Driving Distance from Lake Mead, AZ to Grand Canyon
- Lake Mead to Grand Canyon North Rim is 247 miles, a 4 hour 15-minute drive.
- Lake Mead to Grand Canyon East Rim is 245 miles, a 4 hour 10-minute drive.
- Lake Mead to Grand Canyon South Rim is 251 miles, a 3 hour 55-minute drive.
- Lake Mead to Grand Canyon West Rim is 101 miles, a 1-hour 55-minute drive.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area Tours
The focus of Lake Mead is certainly boating. House boats, jet skis, waterskiing/wakeboarding, fishing and kayaking are just a few options for Lake Mead enthusiast. Some other options are biking, hiking, horseback riding, scuba diving, hunting and scenic drives. You can see you can see some tours that we recommend below, or learn about all the different Grand Canyon Tours you can experience on your vacation.
Lake Mead Hotels and Lodging
Lake Mead NRA has several hotels, house boating and RV options including; Cottonwood Cove Resort, Callville Bay Resort, Lake Mohave Resort, Temple Bar Marina, Echo Bay Marina and Lake Mead RV Village. Check out some popular hotels below if you want to make a reservation or check rates. There are also many developed and primitive campgrounds at Lake Mead and the surrounding areas. Meadview, a small town within the NRA that has several small hotels, and Boulder City, only a few minutes from Hoover Dam offer many lodging options for visitors to stay at before heading to their lodging at the Grand Canyon.
Area Car Rental Options
Lake Mead Car Rentals: No car rental agencies are available in Lake Mead NRA, but Boulder City Nevada has several rental agencies, as does nearby Las Vegas. Visitors can also rent a car before their trip and pick it when they fly into a local airport.
Lake Mead Shuttles: There are several private shuttles and tours that go to the Lake Mead area, but if you really want to explore the area your best bet is renting a car.
Closest Airports to Lake Mead
The closest airport to Lake Mead is in Boulder City Nevada, which has daily flights from Las Vegas. Las Vegas is the closest international airport, while Pearce Ferry and Temple Bar has public landing strips for people with their own planes
Best Restaurants and Dining Options
Except for the town of Meadview and nearby Boulder City, food and drink within the NRA is pretty much limited to the hotels and marinas where you can find most of the necessities as well as several restaurants.
Weather and Climate
Lake Mead has a dry desert climate. The summer season has the hottest temperatures (well over 100 degrees) and therefore the warmest water making it the best time for boaters, water skiers and families going for a swim. If you’re into hiking or exploring the backcountry spring and fall offer the best climate. For those of you looking to get away from a snowy winter, Lake Mead still has warm sunny days to enjoy.