Looking for a Las Vegas Tour Guide?

Looking for a professional tour guide while in Las Vegas?  Look no further than the Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild.

Here, you will find a list of  dedicated professional tour guides for the Las Vegas area and the regional National Parks, as well as for over-the-road destinations.  Also, many of our members speak foreign languages, and these are listed on the Members Page and a separate foreign-language guides page.

Go For Quality!

Tour guides in Las Vegas are a dime a dozen, we know that!  Many are just part-time guides who want to make extra money and think they may know a thing or two about the location.

Don’t take that chance with your tour!  For quality, educated and informed professional Las Vegas tour guides, tour directors and event specialists, you want a Guide from The Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild.

Many of our members have been certified as professional Las Vegas Tour Guides by the guild, meaning they have completed and passed the guild’s rigorous 8-week Las Vegas Guide training class and testing. Just ask them about it – they are proud of their achievement and it shows in the quality of their Las Vegas tours!

Whether for your Las Vegas tour group, or for a specialized Las Vegas tour during your Las Vegas vacation, a professional Las Vegas tour guide will ensure you have the best possible experience.

Hire A Trusted Professional Las Vegas Tour Guide ~

Hire your Las Vegas Tour Guide from The Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild.

A listing of our members and their contact information can be found here.

A listing of members who have been certified via the guild’s Las Vegas Guide training program can be found here.

Members who speak various languages are listed here.

Our members look forward to showing you and your group the best of Fabulous Las Vegas!

If you have any questions or comments for the guild, please contact us.

Don’t Go Up There

hoover dam overlook pillbox

Look familiar?? Well, don’t go there…  It could cost you your tour career.

Hoover Dam Overlook

The air defense hut that sits on top of the hill on the Arizona overlook above Hoover Dam.  There are signs posted not to trespass.  Restricted Area.

I finally asked a security person what would happen if I did venture up there.

  1. It’s National Park property.
  2. Off limits for safety
  3. $275 fine
  4. $100 fine for disobeying the signs
  5. You would be banned from the park
  6. Being banned from the National Park means you would not be able to legally cross the Hoover Dam bypass bridge as it is in the park.

The National Park has acquired it.  They would like to open it to tourists, but they have a problem.  That peak is loaded with rattle snakes.  Serious infestation of poisonous rattle snakes.  No way (yet) to make a path up there that would be snake proof.

Just letting you know… Don”t go up there…

 

Hoover Dam from a Photographers Perspective

hoover dam, Aerial photos by Tom Donoghue

Aerial photos of Hoover Dam by my good friend and photography buddy: Tom Donoghue

Navigating The Hoover Dam Bridge

Isn’t that a beautiful sight??  The Hoover Dam bridge is a piece of true architecture masterpiece and history that really does compliment the grandeur of the mighty Dam itself.

Coming in at the original $240 million budget, it sits a mere 1,500 feet down river from the Hoover Dam.  The bridge deck come in at 1,900 feet long! Making this the longest concrete arch span in North America. To be fair, the real name of the bridge is the Mike O’ Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. But hey, everyone just calls it the Hoover Dam Bridge!

It’s All About The Amazing View!
And what a view it is.  Crossing the bridge by vehicle is a straight shot with absolutely NO view of the Dam. However, from the Nevada side, there is a plaza that gives a wonderful history of the the construction, the technology used and its relation to the Dam. For the view, there is a walkway across the bridge on the Dam side. Only accessible from the Nevada side

Give your guests about 30 minutes to complete the walk up to the plaza, out to the bridge and to return to the parking lot. You may have to drop at the plaza and have the bus return later due to crowded parking.

The bridge spans Black Canyon. Actually it is also in the neck of the canyon and that is what a Tour Director needs to remember. Winds coming through the canyon can easily hit 20-40 miles an hour. T he Nevada Department of Transportation is asking that all high profile vehicles use the inside left travel lane.

Wind Advisory Warning System
With this understanding, they developed a early warning system, giving drivers advance opportunity to take the old detour around the dam through Laughlin, Nevada. .

WIND WARNING– During wind warnings( 50 mile-per-hour-plus wind gusts or sustained winds of more than 40 miles per hour ) , high-profile vehicles such as commercial trucks, RVs, campers, buses and large truck-trailer combination’s will not be allowed over the Hoover Dam Bridge. High-profile vehicle drivers will need to seek alternate routes, such as U.S. 95 (U.S. 93 in Arizona) to Laughlin.

WIND ADVISORY– During wind advisories ( sustained winds of 25 to 39 miles per hour and gusts of 30 to 49 miles per hour ), high-profile vehicles will be allowed on the Hoover Dam Bridge, but advised that wind gusts could reach up to 49 miles per hour.

Drivers can learn of wind-related closures in many ways. Signs located on U.S. 93 from west of Boulder City to the Hoover Dam Bridge, as well as on the Arizona side of the bridge, will report wind warnings with a High Profile Vehicles Prohibited message. While not behind the wheel, drivers can call 511 or 1-877-NV-ROADS for road conditions. Drivers stopped to use the computer can also view nvroads.com for the same information, and will be able to choose the ClearPath logo for e-mail or text message updates on any Hoover Dam Bridge wind conditions.

Hope This Helps
Mark Anthony