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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.

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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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Las Vegas Combo Tour: Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight and Colorado River Float Day Trip, Las Vegas, ... 
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Las Vegas Combo Tour: Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight and Colorado River Float Day Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2676 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 $439.99
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

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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 $539.99
Black Canyon River Rafting Tour, Las Vegas, White Water Rafting & Float Trips
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Black Canyon River Rafting Tour

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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 $169.89
Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour, Las Vegas, White Water Rafting & Float Trips
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Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour

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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 $474.99
ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas, Las Vegas, White Water Rafting & Float ... 
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ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas

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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 $215.89
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 528 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 $579.99
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Grand Canyon West Rim Combo: Luxury SUV, Helicopter and Boat, Las Vegas, Helicopter Tours
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Grand Canyon West Rim Combo: Luxury SUV, Helicopter and Boat

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Go for the combo: Travel to the Grand Canyon West Rim from Las Vegas by luxury Tour Trekker, fly in a helicopter to the bottom of the Canyon, cruise down the ...  Read more

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

From USD $459.99
River Raft and Hoover Dam Combination Tour from Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Day Trips
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River Raft and Hoover Dam Combination Tour from Las Vegas

4.5 star rating: Recommended 78 Reviews

This 12-mile (20-km), 3.5 hour smooth-water rafting tour starts at the base of the magnificent Hoover Dam and continues down some of the most beautiful canyons ...  Read more

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

From USD $228.99
Grand Canyon West Rim Adventure and Skywalk, Phoenix, White Water Rafting & Float Trips
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Grand Canyon West Rim Adventure and Skywalk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 480 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 $696.99
Colorado River Daytime Jet Boat Tours, North America, Air Tours
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Colorado River Daytime Jet Boat Tours

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 60 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 $89.00

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