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Visit Davis Dam

There are three ways to get to the top of Davis Dam from the Laughlin Resort Corridor.

The most popular way to visit Davis Dam is to drive to Heritage Greenway Park (Nevada). Park Your vehicle. Walk up Davis Dam Road (closed to vehicular traffic beyond the park). The walk is approximately 1/2 mile, but the view is stunning.

During the summer, most people access the top of Davis Dam by driving directly to it on the Arizona Side.

Not a hot summer day. Like to walk? Take a stroll along the Colorado River on the Heritage Greenway Trail. The walk is approximately 3 miles. Don't forget the water.

 

The Davis Dam Project was authorized April 26, 1941, and a contract for the construction of the dam and its associated structures was awarded in June 1942. However, work was halted after the War Production Board revoked priority ratings needed to obtain the necessary materials for construction. Work resumed in 1946, and the dam and powerplant were completed in 1953. Davis Dam is an earth and rock-fill embankment with a concrete spillway, gravity structure, intake structure and powerplant.

 

The primary purpose of Davis Dam is to re-regulate Hoover Dam releases to meet downstream needs including the annual delivery of 1.5 million acre-feet of water to Mexico. This is in accordance with the 1944 water treaty with Mexico.

 

The site was named in 1941 in honor of Arthur Powell Davis, Director of Reclamation from 1914 to 1932. Davis was one of a small group of men whose courage, foresight and vision sparked the beginning of Colorado River development.

 

The Davis Dam Powerplant is linked with a federal power distribution system operated by the Western Area Power Administration. The total system consists of 2,100 miles of high-voltage transmission lines serving 43 power substations in Arizona, Nevada, and California which supplies power to a number of utilities and other entities in this area.

 

Western's dispatching headquarters in Phoenix, the nerve center of the transmission system, can interconnect energy from the plants in the Lower Colorado River Basin with power generating facilities in the Upper Colorado River Basin and the Pacific Northwest. The facility can direct the flow of more than 4 billion kilowatt-hours of Colorado River hydroelectricenergy annually.

 

The Dam Height is: 200 feet, Crest length is 1,600 feet, and the Crest width is 50 feet. There are 5 generating units at the Powerplant.

View from AZ Side looking toward NV Side
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Parking Lot @ Davis Dam - AZ Access Only
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Above Davis Dam
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Starting of the walk Up
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