(CBSNEWS) — Like reservoirs throughout the drought-stricken West, Nevada's Lake Mead is far below capacity, down more than 60 percent. But even as the drought deepens, tourists are flowing in.
Lake Mead gets more visitors than either Yosemite or the Grand Canyon, and some are coming to see the surprising sites that are revealed as the lake shrinks, CBS News' John Blackstone reports.
The ruins of the Old West town of St. Thomas were hidden for decades under the water. But Lake Mead has receded so far that tourists can now hike 1 mile across the desert to examine what's left, with no water in sight.
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Lake Mead National Recreation Area public affairs officer Christie Vanover said she and Blackstone were standing in an area that in the 1990s would have been covered by 100 feet of water.