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

Black Canyon Kayak Day Trip from Las Vegas

Leave the neon lights of Sin City behind during this relaxing full-day guided kayak excursion on the Black Canyon section of the Colorado River. This paddling trip, which navigates several miles of placid water close to Hoover Dam, is great for kayakers of all experience levels. During your trip you’ll stop to explore idyllic riverside beaches, caves, canyons and hot springs. Your kayak guide will also point out local wildlife, hidden inlets, hiking spots and historical sites along the way. The trip also includes all necessary kayaking equipment, river permit and safety lesson, lunch, bottled water, snacks, dry bag for personal items and round-trip hotel transport.

Highlights

  • 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

Take a break from the gambling and non-stop nightlife of Vegas to the spend a full day kayaking among the beautiful river canyons found not far from the city. It’s the perfect chance to see a different side of Las Vegas: one that trades neon lights for canyons and beautiful desert wildlife.

Start the day with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Las Vegas, continuing to the kayak center where you’ll meet your guide and get your necessary gear for the trip. Once you’re ready to go, jump in your transport and head to the base of Hoover Dam, walking 1,100 feet (335 meters) down to the kayak launching point. You’ll also clear a security checkpoint where you’ll be asked to show a government-issued photo ID.

Receive a short safety lesson and paddling tips from your guide before setting off. Then spend the next 4-5 hours enjoying your incredible kayaking adventure. The trip paddles through mostly calm water, though it can occasionally be bumpy depending on the weather. Rest assured that your boat is designed for maximum stability, includes safety gear and has rudders to assist with turning.

Soon after you set out, you’ll arrive at a great photo location with fantastic sight lines back to the Hoover Dam. Snap a few shots and then follow your guide towards the next landmark at Sauna Cave, where you can take two optional short hikes. The easy trails here trace their way through a slot canyon, leading to hot springs for swimming and relaxing. For those that skip the hike, take a break on the riverbank amidst the beautiful scenery until the group returns.

Continue seven more miles (11 kilometers) before taking a break for a picnic lunch situated on a secluded beach. Once you’ve fueled up, continue paddling three miles (5 kilometers) to your next sightseeing stop at Emerald Cave, along with a historic tramway and a station once used to measure the river’s flow rate. A nearby trailhead offers more hiking depending on your group’s progress.

Finish your trip at Willow Beach, where you’ll rendezvous with a van that will transport you back to Las Vegas. Bathrooms and refreshments are available at the beach’s marina. Bid farewell to your group and guide as you head back to your hotel, arriving in the early evening.

Please note: you must provide your exact name as it appears on your government-issued ID (passport or driver’s license) at the time of booking. The local operator will use this information to obtain the required permits. The tour cannot be confirmed without this detail.

Customer Reviews

Matthew G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was just first class. A hard day but quite stunningly beautiful. Reid was a great tour guide who was sensitive to all needs and skill levels. He was knowledgable and we felt safe. A great experience.

Dean M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It's hard to say just how good this trip was... Beautiful scenery, excellent guide - overall a great adventure. There's a really nice balance between time in the kayaks and exploring hot springs which were an unexpected pleasure. It's a long day that you wish would just keep going.

Debra Q United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had an awesome day! Raegina was a great tour guide, do recommend to all who loves the out doors and the water!

Michael W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

OMG this was awesome. My GF and I went to Vegas to party and have a great time which we did near the end of our stay though we wanted to get out and do some activity........this was it. Just beautiful from the Hoover Dam all the way down the Colorado river I was amazed. We did the day tour and we are going back in 3 years time with a whole bunch of friends from Australia, we will be taking the time and doing the overnight tour. Thankyou to the tour guide Sam for picking us up. Reg Regina was our Guide and again we were very lucky to have such a patient knowledgable guide who looked after all of us. Can't recommend these guys hjighly enough, top notch service.

201104shb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Amazing day out would recommend this to anyone of any age and ability never been kayaking before but made to feel at ease and given loads of guidance and help along the way. Reid our tour guide made the day even better, loads of insight and information about the route and history good laugh and banter along the way, some amazing scenery and visited the hot springs which was magical, Good day out worth every penny and would defo do again next time I visit.

Paul M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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

Rosiestallman52

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!

Steven J

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.

Joseph W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

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

Lisa H

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.

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