5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 Reviews

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

Black Canyon Kayak Day Trip from Las Vegas

Leave the bustle of Las Vegas behind for a full-day kayak trip through the Black Canyon on the Colorado River. Perfect for paddlers of all skill levels, this trip covers several miles of calm water near Hoover Dam, with stops to explore caves, beaches, hot springs and canyons. Throughout the day, your experienced guide points out wildlife, historical sites, hidden inlets and beautiful hikes along the river. Kayaking equipment, instruction, and lunch are included; you just need to bring your personal gear (think cameras and hats) for a great day on the water!


  • Full-day guided Black Canyon kayak trip from Las Vegas
  • Get great views of Hoover Dam, the engineering marvel that lights up Las Vegas and much of the West
  • Look for hidden locations including Gold Strike Canyon, Lone Palm Canyon, Arizona Hot Springs and Emerald Cave
  • Stop to explore canyons, caves, hot springs and beaches along the Colorado River
  • Try to spot bald eagles, red-tail hawks, coyotes, bighorn sheep, striped bass, and more
  • Paddle under a historic gauging station, built to measure the river's water flow
  • All kayak gear included with expert instruction, a great trip for beginning or experienced kayakers

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What You Can Expect

Black Canyon Kayak Day Trip from Las Vegas

Black Canyon Kayak Day Trip from Las Vegas

After early morning pickup at your hotel, head to the kayak center to meet your experienced guide and get outfitted with gear.

When you’re geared up, drive to the base of Hoover Dam, where you descend 1,100 feet (335m) to the boat launch area. On the way you'll pass a security checkpoint where you’ll need to show your government-issued photo ID.

At the river, receive paddling instructions and a safety briefing from your expert guide. Once you’re ready, hop in your kayak and hit the water! Expect 4–5 hours of paddling total in mostly calm water, although it can be choppy depending on weather conditions. The kayaks are stable, equipped with rudders for steering, and all safety equipment is included.

Not long after you start, you’ll reach a great spot to snap photos of the Hoover Dam. From there, continue to follow your guide downstream to see Sauna Cave, and take two optional short hikes. The easy trails lead you to a slot canyon and hot springs to explore and swim. If you want, relax with a soak in the natural hot springs. If you opt not to take the hike, simply relax and enjoy the natural surroundings until your group returns.

You'll travel seven miles down the river before you stop midday for a tasty picnic lunch on a secluded beach. After relaxing at lunch, you’ll kayak three miles to Emerald Cave and a historic gauging station and tramway. Nearby, you’ll see the trailhead where you can hike if time allows.

Your last mile on the river brings you to Willow Beach, where you’ll meet the van for the return to Las Vegas. Restrooms and cold beverages (own expense) are available at the marina. Say farewell to your guide and return to Las Vegas in the early evening to end your tour.

Please note: in order for the local operator to obtain the necessary permits for this tour ALL traveler names must be provided as they appear on a government-issued ID such as a driver's license or passport. Your tour will not be confirmed unless all names are provided.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fantastic trip with very good guide in Gino, surpassed my expectations thanks you

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This is a terrific day trip on the water. Our guide, Reed, was informative, funny and engaging. He involved everyone, helped us improve our kayaking skills no matter what level from beginners to intermediates we had a great time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The guide, Reid, was friendly, funny and knowlegeable. Fantastic views of the water, canyon and dam. Alot of fun. We had great weather with little wind. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Awesome!!!!, but either with guide or no guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Had a great day. Highly recommend this trip. Reggie,our guide for the day, was extremely informative about the area we were kayaking in. Her enthusiasm and love of the area shone through. As well as the kayaking we stopped 4 times and did a gentle hike to experience some amazing sights.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Such a privilege to be able to launch at the foot of the Hoover Dam. The guide, Mike, was excellent. He made everyone feel at ease and his knowledge and enthusiasm for the area was infectious. I was thinking of the 8 hour round trip to Grand Canyon and was so pleased I chose this. Highly recommend !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This guided kayak tour exceeded our expectations! Our guide, Moshe, was patient and knowledgeable. We launched from a pretty special place that most folks don't get to see - right at the base of the Hoover Dam! The side hikes were great fun and the lunch was tasty and filling. Highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This trip exceeded all of our expectations!
Everything was fantastic, on time pick up, swift briefing, plenty of water and lunch was very very good. The best part of our trip was hiking to unexpected hot springs in slot canyons, made even more spectacular by Regina, our guide! Thank you so much.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The your was amazing we had no regrets what so ever by choosing this tour instead of the flight of Grand Canyon. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and was a great guy!! Highly recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015


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