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 dedicated professional tour guides for the Las Vegas area, regional attractions, National Parks, and multi-day, over-the-road destinations.  With our members, you can find guides skilled in leading tours for most every conceivable interest and style: Strip tours, Fremont St. and Downtown tours, walking tours, nature/outdoor/adventure tours, foodie tours, nightlife tours, culture tours, history buffs, celebration groups for birthdays, family, girls or boy’s getaways, day tours, half-day, and multi-day tours, corporate groups, and much more. Many guides also offer tours in a variety of languages, and these are listed on the Members Page and a separate foreign-language guides page. Many members also offer VIP and event services for individuals and groups, including airport meet and greets, hotel check-in or other travel assistance.

Go For Quality!

Don’t take a chance with your tour experience!  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, by completing and passing the guild’s rigorous Las Vegas Tour Guide training class and testing, and having their experience verified. 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 clients, 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 ~

To hire a Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild member, simply review the member listings linked below, with individual websites and profile pages, then contact your preferred guide(s) directly to inquire and confirm options, availability, and rates.

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 Certified Professional Las Vegas Guide training program can be found here.

Members who speak various languages are listed here.

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

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

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Hoover Dam CUA

As of November 2019, the Bureau of Reclamation is requiring that commercial operators bringing passengers to Hoover Dam have a Hoover Dam CUA (Commercial Use Authorization).

Hoover Dam

Prior to visiting the dam, guides should ensure that their tour operator or motor coach company has secured the CUA. While many local coach companies will get and have the CUA, the onus is on the packager or operator.

The application and CUA fee is $300. Until the Spring, when a new shack will be built just past the security stop, the CUA checkpoint will be at the security stop. If a commercial vehicle does not have the CUA, they will have to either pay $300 on the spot for a Temporary CUA (TCUA) or turn around. These are options no guide would want to chose from. If purchasing the TCUA, the operator has 7 days to apply for the CUA and receive credit for the $300 paid, or they will forfeit the amount.

Also, note that in the Spring, an additional User Fee of $5 per person will be collected at the CUA checkpoint!

The CUA and User Fees are not related to or changing the cost of tours at the dam or policies for parking in the garage.

The CUA will be required for any visit past the security stop, so this includes the bridge as well as the dam itself. Though it’s unlikely that one would drive to the Lake Mead overlook for its own sake, as it’s prior to the security stop, the CUA is not required to stop there.

While daily operators to the dam and most local motorcoach companies will be prepared and have the CUA, those from outside the area may not be. Some local DMCs or infrequent operators may also not be aware of the new requirements and upcoming User Fees. Especially until some time has passed, guides should doublecheck that their employer or coach company has the CUA and that you have a copy with you when visiting Hoover Dam.

For details, see the Bureau of Reclamation website.

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