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.