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Colorado River Tours

The Colorado River is a spectacular sight to see, meandering for 1,447 miles (2,330 kilometers) 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.

The Basics
Many travelers to Las Vegas to experience the Mighty Colorado River by visiting or canoeing 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 toward the Hoover Dam in Nevada. Guided boating and canoeing tours take visitors down the Colorado River as it passes through the Black Canyon. At James M. Robb Colorado River State Park, hiking, rafting, fishing, rock climbing, and swimming are all available. Another bucket list experience well worth the time investment is a whitewater rafting trip through Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The river is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure travelers.
  • Remember to wear comfortable clothes suitable for the activities you’re participating in.
  • There isn’t always shade on the river, so bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
  • River trips and rafting tours to the Colorado River from Las Vegas can last anywhere from three to 15 hours, depending on the option chosen.

How to Get There
There are numerous access points to the Colorado River as it flows through Nevada, but most travelers visit on a guided adventure tour that includes return transportation from Las Vegas.

When to Get There
While there isn’t really a bad time to visit the Colorado River, commercial rafting trips—particularly those through the Grand Canyon—are generally offered from April to October. Depending on where you are along the river, temperatures in June, July, and August can soar above 100°F (38­°C).

See the Colorado River from Above and Below
Those looking for a comprehensive Colorado River experience can combine a float trip or boat ride down the river with a Grand Canyon helicopter tour or a walk along the Grand Canyon Skywalk on the West Rim.

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Las Vegas Tour: Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight and Colorado River Float, Las Vegas, null
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Las Vegas Tour: Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight and Colorado River Float

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 126 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 $475.99
$499.00 Save $23.01
Grand Canyon White Water Rafting Trip from Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Helicopter Tours
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Grand Canyon White Water Rafting Trip from Las Vegas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 134 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 $524.99
Black Canyon River Rafting Tour, Las Vegas, White Water Rafting
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Black Canyon River Rafting Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 202 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 $169.99
Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour, Las Vegas, White Water Rafting
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Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

Experience a thrilling adventure as you raft down the mighty Colorado River along the sheer cliffs of the Grand Canyon. Also included in this exciting white ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada or Flagstaff, Arizona
Duration: 17 hours (approx.)

From USD $509.99
Grand Canyon West Rim Combo: Luxury SUV, Helicopter and Boat, Las Vegas, White Water Rafting
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Grand Canyon West Rim Combo: Luxury SUV, Helicopter and Boat

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 160 Reviews

The most thrilling, one-of-a-kind Grand Canyon experience. Explore the West Rim in an off-road Tour Trekker, drop 4,000 feet into the Canyon on a 10 minute ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $474.99
ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Day Trips
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ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Spend the first half of your day riding through the Lake Mead National Recreation Area on this ATV tour from Las Vegas. Learn the history of Lake Mead, ...  Read more

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

From USD $250.64
Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour and Colorado River Boat Ride, Las Vegas, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour and Colorado River Boat Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 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 $592.99
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Grand Canyon West Rim Adventure and Skywalk, Phoenix, Helicopter Tours
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Grand Canyon West Rim Adventure and Skywalk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 50 Reviews

For the adventurous at heart, a trip from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon in a Cessna airplane will provide the thrill of a lifetime. The narrated aerial tour will ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $699.00
Moab Daytime Jet Boat Tour on the Colorado River, Moab, Air Tours
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Moab Daytime Jet Boat Tour on the Colorado River

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Your humorous guide will take you down a calm water stretch of the Colorado River south of Moab. Get lost in the beauty of the canyons and explore the scenery ...  Read more

Location: Moab, Utah
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Half-Day Colorado River Paddleboard Trip, Las Vegas, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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Half-Day Colorado River Paddleboard Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Take this 5.5 mile half-day paddle board tour along Colorado River with a experienced friendly SUP trainer and River Guide. See Big Horn Sheep, Bald Eagles, ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: Flexible

From USD $166.99

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