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Technical Tours

Hoover Dam & River Mountains Water Treatment Facility (RMWTF)

Thursday, | 8:00 AM – 1:00 p.m. (3 PDHs)

This is a special hard-hat behind-the-scenes tour of the Hoover Dam, given by the Bureau of Reclamation. This tour is conducted on the Arizona Wing of the Powerhouse. Participants will be able to walk on the generator floor and get VIP access to secured areas not offered to the public.

The Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers and cost over one hundred lives. Originally known as Boulder Dam from 1933, it was officially renamed Hoover Dam, for President Herbert Hoover, by a joint resolution of Congress in 1947.

The River Mountains Water Treatment Facility began delivering treated water to the Las Vegas valley in 2002. Currently, the facility can treat up to 300 million gallons of water per day, but was designed to expand to meet Southern Nevada's needs. In the future, the River Mountains facility will be able to treat up to 600 million gallons of water a day. The facility uses ozonation and sodium hypochlorite to disinfect the water.

The treatment facility received the Partnership for Safe Water's Excellence in Water Treatment award in 2018, making the Southern Nevada Water Authority only the fourteenth of the nation's 50,000-plus water systems to earn this elite designation.

Security Notice – Non-US Participants must submit their full legal name, passport number & expiration date (including country of origin), and job title/position. US residents need to provide their full legal name and their job title/position. All security information is due on Thursday, April 30, 2020.  Please email your security information to Mark Gable at [email protected].

Close-toed shoes mandatory.

Advanced price: (prior to ) $110.00

Onsite price: ( or later) $125.00

Venetian Resorts - The Palazzo "Behind-the-Curtains" Tour 

Thursday, | 2:00 PM – 9:00 p.m. (2 PDHs)

Located on the legendary Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian Resort is part of a master-planned development which combines The Venetian, The Palazzo, and the Sands Expo and Convention Center to form the largest LEED-rated green building on the planet.

Join us on a "behind-the-curtains" tour for a look at The Palazzo, with visits to the hotel Atrium, a luxury suite complete with energy and water-efficient features, an innovative cooling system which saves 50 million gallons of potable water a year, and the recycling center.

Learn how Las Vegas' gigantic luxury resorts capitalize on scale and know-how to be more efficient on a per-room basis than a typical chain hotel.

Attendees will be allowed to roam the Las Vegas Strip after the Venetian tour.

The bus will pick up at 8:00 PM at the same location as the drop off location for Venetian tour.

Advanced price: (prior to ) $60.00

Onsite price: ( or later) $75.00

Hoover Dam, Lake Mead & the Mike O'Callaghan / Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

Friday, | 8:00 AM – 2:00 p.m. (3 PDHs)

This tour combines (3) of Nevada's most beautiful views:

The Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers and cost over one hundred lives. Originally known as Boulder Dam from 1933, it was officially renamed Hoover Dam, for President Herbert Hoover, by a joint resolution of Congress in 1947.  You will view the Hoover Dam from the public observation deck.

All aboard!  The Desert Princess is a three-level paddle wheeler that's spaciously equipped with two climate-controlled enclosed decks and an open promenade deck—perfect for taking in the cool, clean air and wondrous sights of Lake Mead. With plenty of room to move around and get comfortable, ample outdoor deck space to take photographs and videos, and a smooth ride, this 90-minute cruise on the Desert Princess makes for an unforgettable Lake Mead experience.

The Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge is an arch bridge in the United States that spans the Colorado River between the states of Arizona and Nevada. The bridge is located within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area approximately 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, and carries Interstate 11 and U.S. Route 93 over the Colorado River. Opened in 2010, it was the key component of the Hoover Dam Bypass project, which rerouted US 93 from its previous routing along the top of Hoover Dam and removed several hairpin turns and blind curves from the route. It is jointly named for Mike O'Callaghan, former Governor of Nevada from 1971–1979, and Pat Tillman, an American football player who left his career with the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the United States Army and was killed in Afghanistan in 2004 by friendly fire.

Close-toed shoes are mandatory.

Prices include lunch aboard the Desert Princess.

Advanced price: (prior to ) $120.00

Onsite price: ( or later) $135.00

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