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Colorado River

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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.

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Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip
Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip
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$549.99 per adult
Traveler Favorite
View of a Lifetime
Grand Canyon helicopter flight was so awesome ! Thanks to “Mad Dog” our pilot for making it such a memorable & special experience! Ask for Mad Dog for your pilot as he is just one of us & knows his stuff. Kayak float was good too! The crew from Awesome Adventures are Awesome too. Checked off all boxes. Worth the trip ! Thanks !
Kenneth_H, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Las Vegas

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Amazing Experience!
Paisley_W, Sep 2021
Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip
This experience was something we will never forget! We did the morning helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and it was beautiful with the sunrise! Then the kayaking in the Colorado river I think was our favorite activity from our whole trip!! So glad we did this!
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I love stopping off at...
Susan_B, Nov 2021
Colorado River Full Day Kayak Tour from Las Vegas
I love stopping off at all of the hot springs and soaking. Visually beautiful and physically challenging. Our guides were wonderful.
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Breathe taking!!!!
Sarah_H, Oct 2021
Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip
There is no way to describe the majesty of natural creation - absolutely the best experience all around!!
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Must do!
Rob_D, Sep 2021
Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip
The whole day was great. The views were amazing. The tour guides were fun and knowledgeable. Mike and Jarrod for the kayaking tour were really fun. Worth it!
star-5
A Must Do for an adventurous day out.
Jeff_K, Sep 2021
Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip
Hospitality top notch. Mad Dog… great pilot, better historian. Breath taking views of the canyon. Cannot believe there is any better way to see and learn about this amazing natural wonder. Kayaking while not as amazing, still well worth the cost and effort. Paddling up and down the Colorado River ✅ed off the bucket list. Christaline was our guide and she was knowledgeable and fun.
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Amazing experience
Linda_T, Jun 2021
ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas
We had such a great time, it was worth every single penny. I would definitely do this again. The best part of the trip was the monster truck.
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Envy of the Colorado
Drea, Jun 2021
Half-Day HydroBike Adventure on the Colorado River
Loved! I was the only one on the water with a hydrobike and i was the envy of the river. Would definitely suggest this option if you arent a frequent kayaker or if you have more leg strength over arm strength (which is me). Tour guide was amazing and knowledgeable. 10/10
star-5
Excellent
Daniella_P, Jun 2020
Colorado River Full Day Kayak Tour from Las Vegas
I'm looking forward to another trip down the Colorado river . We had so much fun. I did fall but i was okay.
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Not as advertised
Anne_H, Apr 2021
ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas
The tour guide and equipment was great; however, the tour description included the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, which was not actually included.
star-5
Great day on Colorado river
Gilbert_L, Jun 2020
Half-Day Colorado River Paddleboard Trip
Great trip for family. Michelle our guide was very informative. Nice side trip when you get tired of gambling and bright lights of Vegas! Would highly recommend!!!! Highly professional people
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Sooooooo much fun
Elaine M, May 2019
Half-Day HydroBike Adventure on the Colorado River
Was wonderful fun day from pickup to drop off. What a way to view the canyon and water . Would have loved to been out longer!
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AMAZING!
Lindsey_A, Aug 2021
Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip
The helicopter tour with pilot Mad Dog Mike was AMAZING!! He is so knowledgeable and really made the whole experience fun and just overall a 100/10! The kayaking was so beautiful. This whole excursion was the highlight of our vacation! Thank you so much!!!

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.

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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.

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Trip ideas

Choosing the Right Las Vegas Show For You

Choosing the Right Las Vegas Show For You


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).

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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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