The mighty Colorado River runs from northwestern Mexico through California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Colorado. The river is a spectacular sight to see, meandering for 1,447 miles (2,330 km) with red rocks and canyons framing it on both sides, leading up to the Hoover Dam. The Colorado River is one of the major water sources for California and Nevada, and not surprisingly it's a major recreational destination: activities on the river include hiking, biking, rafting and boating.

One of the ways that travelers most often come to see the Colorado River is by visiting the Black Canyon, so-called because of the black volcanic rocks found in the area. The canyons are majestic, red land formations that lead from Colorado towards the Hoover Dam in Nevada. Boating and canoeing down the Colorado River are popular activities in the Black Canyon.

There’s also the Jame’s M Robb Colorado River State Park, complete with trails, lakes, and facilities that help you tour the Colorado River. Swimming, fishing, boating, rafting, and hiking are crowd-pleasers at the Colorado River State Park. The park is divided in five sections along the Colorado River. The Fruita section is the crowning glory of the park, known for the red rock climbing, dinosaur sites, and exceptional hiking along mountain trails.

Practical Info

There are many different parks and ways to see the Colorado River. As the river winds its way through five states, each state has its own park dedicated to exploring the Colorado River. The most convenient way to visit the Colorado River from Las Vegas is by visiting Black Canyon. It is the shortest distance from Las Vegas, and travelers often visit the Black Canyon and the Hoover Dam on the same trip.

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Arizona Highlights Day Trip: Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell and Glen Canyon with River Rafting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Your daylong expedition starts at the Grand Canyon Airport with a 1-hour plane flight over the Grand Canyon's East Rim, the Colorado River and Lake Powell. You ...  Read more

Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $458.99

Colorado River Float Trip from Flagstaff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

For a scenic and fun day out in Arizona, you can't go past this relaxing float trip down the mighty Colorado River. Just sit back and relax as you soak up the ...  Read more

Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $272.29

Las Vegas Combo Tour: Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight and Colorado River Float Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 76 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: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $439.99

Glen Canyon Float Trip on Colorado River from Sedona

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Soak up the beauty of Glen Canyon as you enjoy a peaceful rafting trip down the Colorado River on this full-day tour from Sedona. Paddle over to a beach for a ...  Read more

Location: Sedona, Arizona
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $272.29

Grand Canyon White Water Rafting Trip from Las Vegas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 107 Reviews

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Raft down the mighty Colorado River along the Grand Canyon’s sheer cliffs. Also included in this exciting day trip ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $539.99
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Best of the West Rim: Grand Canyon Air Tour with Optional Helicopter, Boat Ride and Skywalk Admission

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

Savor a comprehensive Grand Canyon experience on this morning or afternoon tour from Las Vegas featuring an airplane ride to the West Rim and optional upgrades ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $285.99

Hoover Dam Top to Bottom by Luxury SUV with Colorado River Float

4.5 star rating: Recommended 119 Reviews

Travel to Hoover Dam from Las Vegas in style and comfort aboard a luxury SUV. Your experienced guide will share many points of interest along the way so you ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $164.99

3-Day Grand Canyon and Colorado River Float

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Travel through the Sonoran Desert and on to the Grand Canyon, where the majestic scenes await you. Complete your getaway with a float trip on the mighty ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

From USD $584.99

Black Canyon River Rafting Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 183 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 $169.89

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour and Colorado River Boat Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

Fly to the Grand Canyon's West Rim by helicopter, enjoy a champagne picnic, then cruise the Colorado River. This is a half-day tour, leaving you with time in ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $579.99
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