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 2 Reviews

Embark on a full-day Arizona adventure to experience Grand Canyon Country from different vantage points. Enjoy a 1-hour flight from the Grand Canyon to Page, ...  Read more

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

From USD $433.99

Ultimate Grand Canyon 4-in-1 Helicopter Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 755 Reviews

Take the ultimate Grand Canyon tour! You'll fly from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon by helicopter, cruise the Colorado River, then spend time at the West Rim. ...  Read more

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

From USD $619.99
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Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas with Optional Skywalk

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3162 Reviews

Hit the highway out of Las Vegas and spend the day touring the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. On this day trip you'll have four hours at the Grand Canyon, ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.99
$199.99 Save $90.00

Ultimate 3-in-1 Grand Canyon Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 68 Reviews

This 3-in-1 combo tour is the ultimate Grand Canyon experience! After a comfortable flight to the Grand Canyon West Rim from Las Vegas, enjoy an exciting ...  Read more

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

From USD $429.99

Grand Canyon White Water Rafting Trip from Las Vegas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 77 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 $528.99

Grand Canyon West Rim Day Trip by Coach, Helicopter and Boat with Optional Skywalk

4.5 star rating: Recommended 480 Reviews

Travel by coach, helicopter and boat on an action-packed day trip to the Grand Canyon West Rim. It’s one of the Las Vegas tours you can’t miss! You'll ride a ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $324.99
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Black Canyon River Rafting Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 171 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

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