Established in 1931 as a residential base for construction workers on the Hoover Dam, Bullhead City remains a relatively small place, separated from Henderson and the Las Vegas suburbs by a few miles of empty desert. The city lies mostly on the south side of US 93 just east of the US 95 junction, 7 miles from the dam and 6 miles from the nearest Lake Mead beaches. The municipal airport and two golf courses (Boulder Creek, Boulder City) are on the south edge, while most shops and restaurants are along the main road. Other locations include the Lake Mead NRA headquarters, Nevada State Railroad Museum and the Hoover Dam Museum. On the north edge of the city, the Bootleg Canyon trailhead is the start point for hikes into the River Mountains which overlook the lake.
Quality Inn Boulder City, NV, offers the closest lodging to the Hoover Dam - the hotel is built alongside highway 93 towards the northeast side of town, in a pleasant residential area adjacent to Hemenway Park. The property sits on a small hill, high enough to have views north across the desert to the blue waters of Lake Mead, and is 1 mile from the center of Boulder City, 5 miles from Henderson, and 29 miles from the US 95/I-15 junction in downtown Las Vegas. The 3 floor inn has 70 exterior corridor rooms - somewhat aged though clean, spacious and well maintained - an outdoor pool/hot tub, bbq grills and nice gardens with tall palm trees. Free continental breakfast is served and although the hotel has no restaurant, there are many dining places in Boulder City town center.