An exclamation point with a triangle around it. Notice: Your event may require you to obtain a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA). Visit this page for more information.

Special Events & Activities at Hoover Dam

Iconic Hoover Dam hosts unique special events each year and we look forward to hosting your event. An approved Use Authorization is required for all commercial filming, photography, trail use, sporting events, conferences, and more. Hoover Dam is an operating hydroelectric powerplant as such some special event requests may not be feasible. Many options are available, contact us to discuss your event!


Forms Required

Use Authorization Application

(Form 7‐2540) This requires an application fee of $100. Do not send credit card information. Your application must include an email address and phone number of the person or entity to be billed. We will have our payment contractor reach out with an invoice.


Special Event Types

  • Commercial Filming and Photography - Commercial photography includes, but is not limited to motion picture filming, videotaping and/or sound recording, or still photography.
  • Venue - Several conferences spaces are available for groups up to 200 people throughout Hoover Dam; a unique option to enhance your event.
  • Trail Use and Sporting Activities - Trail use and sporting activities includes but is not limited to trail races (marathons, 5k’s, triathlons, etc.), adventure races, or other commercial or advertised sporting activities.
  • Special Private Tours - Multiple tour experiences are available for private groups and events.

  • Application & Approval Process

    To begin the application and approval process, please submit the Use Application Authorization(Form 7-2540) to the Special Events Coordinator at least 4 weeks in advance of a proposed event (6 weeks if drone or aerial filming is being requested or your event is over 50 people). You will receive email confirmation of request receipt within 24 hours if received Monday – Friday. Requests received over the weekend or after hours will be answered the following business day. Requests not received within the indicated times may not be approved.

    All applications need to contain a description of events. If applicable, include scripts, outlines and storyboards as they pertain to the proposed activities at Hoover Dam. Please also include any special stunts, lighting, or props. After we review your request, we’ll contact you to discuss your event request. You may not promote or publicize in any manner for your event until your Use Authorization has been approved by Reclamation. Please submit the Use Authorization Application to hoover-tours@usbr.gov. Once the application is processed, we require these additional forms and steps:

    • Use Permit – emailed to you by Special Events Team
    • Certificate of Insurance - This must name the government as an additional insured. The insurance must have a U.S. based address and provide general liability of at least $1,000,000.00 USD. Use the below address in preparing that form: Bureau of Reclamation Lower Colorado Dams Office P.O. Box 60400 Boulder City, NV 89006-0400.

  • Act of Congress approved June 17, 1902 (32 Stat. 388),
  • Section 10 of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939 (53 Stat. 1187);
  • Public Law 106-206;
  • 43 CFR 429 Title 43, Use of Bureau of Reclamation Land, Facilities, and Waterbodies - § 429.3;
  • 43 CFR Part 423, Public Conduct on Bureau of Reclamation Facilities, Lands, and Waterbodies.
  • 43 USC 1740, Rules and Regulations on Public Lands

  • For more information contact:
    The Special Events Office, Hoover Dam
    Phone: 702-494-2521 | Fax: 702-494-2585 | hoover-tours@usbr.gov

    Last Updated: 11/24/20