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Lake Mead Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

1. Lake Mead Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Once downloaded, the journey begins at the Lake Mead Visitor Center. From there, you’ll pass the Lake Mead Marina, a vibrant hub of recreational activities. As you drive on, take in the array of colored rocks along the cliffs! You’ll learn about the area’s fascinating geologic history which encompasses billions of years. Then delve into the Colorado River Tribes and find out how they survived in such a harsh climate. You’ll even pass the hot springs which ancient Paleo-Indians found therapeutic and sacred! Discover tales of lawlessness and murder which played out during the region’s Wild West days, then continue on to the Wetlands Trail, packed with diverse wildlife. Stop by the Northshore Road Overlook for majestic views, then hear the fascinating story of explorer John Wesley Powell. You’ll also hear about steamboats and how they served as a vital form of transportation until the railroads came to the area. Plus, find out about Elwood Mead and why this famous lake bears his name. Discover the geological wonder of the Hamblin-Cleopatra Volcano and the drowned archaeological marvel of the Lost City. Then hear about the devastating MegaDrought and the ongoing fight over Lake Mead’s water. Next, head into Valley of Fire State Park, home to blazing rock formations, ancient petroglyphs, unforgettable hiking trails, and some proper Wild West history. Your tour concludes here.

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