Existing in marked contrast to the colorful vistas of the neighboring Grand Canyon, the dark volcanic walls of the aptly named Black Canyon offer access to the Colorado River, Hoover Dam, and the El Dorado and Black Mountains that serve as its natural borders.

One of the best ways to experience the Black Canyon and the Colorado River is to take a guided rafting tours led by experienced professionals versed in the local geology, flora, fauna, and folklore.

Many tours offer a full day of sightseeing along the calm waters of Lake Mead and the Colorado River, complete with complimentary box lunches and transportation to and from the area.

Another popular way to take in the area is via helicopter tours operating out of Las Vegas. Beginning with a ride to McCarran Airport in a limousine, select tours ferry you to the canyon in cutting-edge six-passenger A-Star jet helicopters, where you'll embark on a mellow rafting trip from the base of the damn downriver to vans or buses waiting to return you to your hotel. The trip out includes beautiful views of the Grand Canyon, Lake Mead, and the surrounding country.

Travelers bent on treating themselves to a first rate trip can also opt for a variation on the helicopter tour that involves a touch down in the Grand Canyon, where you'll indulge in a champagne breakfast before flying to historic Boulder City and proceeding with the rafting trip.

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Ultimate Hoover Dam Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1112 Reviews

This is the "Best of the Best" Hoover Dam Tour! Your professional tour guides will educate and entertain you on all aspects of Hoover Dam in an  ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $79.99
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Las Vegas Combo Tour: Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight and Colorado River Float Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 56 Reviews

Combine a Grand Canyon helicopter flight with a river float down the Colorado River for an incredible and exciting day tour from Las Vegas! Start your day with ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $439.99

Black Canyon River Rafting Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 173 Reviews

Enjoy calm waters and magnificent scenery on this unique rafting day trip between the Black Canyon cliffs on the Colorado River. Relax and admire beauty of ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $159.89

Black Canyon Hike and Desert Hot Springs Day Trip from Las Vegas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Join this hike through the Black Canyon and travel south along the Colorado River on the White Rock Canyon trail to the Arizona hot springs. Soak in the hot ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $138.99

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