Colorado River Tours

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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

Escape to the Grand Canyon for this full-day sightseeing adventure. Enjoy a scenic, 1-hour, round-trip flight from Las Vegas to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, flying over the famous Hoover Dam and beautiful Lake Mead along the way. After returning over the Mojave Desert and other natural wonders, take a float trip down the Colorado River, through Black Canyon with a boxed picnic lunch and an optional swim at a secluded beach. Lunch, bottled water, and all transportation, including a Las Vegas hotel pickup/drop-off, are included.
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ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas

This fun-filled tour by ATV includes plenty of history and excitement. Venture into Lake Mead Recreation Area and see the Colorado River, Hoover Dam and the mines of Eldorado Canyon with your friendly, professional guide. Escape the bright lights and crowds of Las Vegas and journey off the beaten path on this nature-focused experience that highlights the best of the west.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Grand Canyon White Water Rafting Trip from Las Vegas

Add a thrilling outdoor adventure to any Las Vegas vacation with this guided, full-day whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River. Enjoy a 2.5-hour road trip south to Peach Springs, Arizona, home of the Hualapai Indians at the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Then, challenge the mighty Colorado River’s varied rapids on a 40-mile journey through the canyon, taking a side hike to a travertine waterfall along the way. A boxed lunch and a hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 15 hours
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Black Canyon River Rafting Tour

Escape the glitz of Vegas for a day on the waters of the Colorado River during this rafting tour through Black Canyon. As you float along the calm stretch of the river, admire the cliffs and views of Hoover Dam while an experienced guide tells you about the geology and history of the area. Round-trip transportation from Las Vegas is provided.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour

Add a thrilling outdoor adventure to any Las Vegas or Flagstaff vacation with this guided, 5.5-hour whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River. Take a road trip to Peach Springs, Arizona, home of the Hualapai Indians at the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Then, challenge the mighty Colorado River’s varied rapids on a 40-mile journey through the canyon, taking a side hike to a travertine waterfall along the way. Helicopter transfer (if option selected) and boxed lunch are included, and an optional hotel pickup and drop-off is available.
  • Duration: 17 hours
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Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour and Colorado River Boat Ride

Experience the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon by air and by water on this luxurious 3.5-hour combo tour from Las Vegas. Soar above the canyon’s West Rim in a helicopter, cruise down the Colorado River on a pontoon boat tour, and enjoy a glass of Champagne with a box full of snacks on the riverbanks surrounded by the majestic canyon walls. Admire breathtaking aerial views of the Las Vegas Strip, Hoover Dam, and Lake Mead during the round-trip flight, and travel to the launch pad in style with complementary hotel pickup and drop-off in a limousine.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day Colorado River Paddleboard Trip

This half-day standup paddleboard trip takes you 5.5 miles along the Colorado River. After the first stretch, stop at the Historical River Gaugers home site, where you can take a short hike to a scenic overlook above the river. Paddle on to Emerald Cave, looking out for interesting flora and fauna along the way. Have lunch on a beach before heading back down the river.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Grand Canyon West Rim and Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas with Optional Skywalk

Experience one of the seven natural wonders of the world from the land, air and water on this guided, full-day tour from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. Travel through a Joshua tree forest with a photo stop at Hoover Dam en route to the Grand Canyon’s West Rim for three hours of sightseeing. Upgrade to add a thrilling walk on the glass-bottomed Grand Canyon Skywalk and/or a helicopter flight into the canyon coupled with a pontoon boat ride on the Colorado River. A hot lunch at the Grand Canyon and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Grand Canyon 4-in-1 Helicopter Tour

What’s the ultimate way to have a Grand Canyon experience from Las Vegas? Try this exciting, 6.5-hour Grand Canyon helicopter tour, with time on the ground to experience the stunning views. Enjoy a scenic 45-minute flight from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. Swoop down to the canyon floor, and enjoy a scenic pontoon boat ride on the Colorado River. Then land at Eagle Point for a West Rim tour. As an added option, visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk for a photo opportunity. Lunch and limousine hotel pickup/drop-off included.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Deluxe Grand Canyon South Rim Airplane Tour

Explore the Grand Canyon with this full-day sightseeing adventure around the South Rim. Beginning in Las Vegas, travel in an executive-style airplane en route to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim for hiking and sightseeing. See a number of different panoramic views from various lookout locations at Grand Canyon National Park while learning about the history and geology of this breathtaking natural wonder. Upgrade to include a 25-minute helicopter flight over the canyon. Lunch, bottled water and Las Vegas hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Grand Canyon West Rim Luxury Helicopter Tour

Need a break from bustling Las Vegas? Hop on board a helicopter for a luxury sightseeing tour to the Grand Canyon. Listen to informative commentary from your pilot as you get an aerial perspective on the majestic grandeur of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River. On the way, you'll also see landmarks such as Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Black Canyon and the Las Vegas strip. Your tour includes a 30-minute stop at the Grand Canyon West airport, with time for some quick shopping at a Native American gift boutique.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Hoover Dam Tour With Lake Mead Cruise

Visit the Hoover Dam and enjoy a boat ride on Lake Mead during this full-day excursion from Las Vegas. Travel to the Hoover Dam with your expert guide to learn about its history and inner workings. Visit the Nevada wing of the power plant and peruse the displays at the Visitors Center. Take a 90-minute cruise on Lake Mead, during which you'll enjoy lunch onboard. Stop at the legendary Ethel M Chocolate Factory on your trip back to Vegas.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Grand Canyon West Rim Air and Ground Day Trip from Las Vegas with Optional Skywalk

Escape to the Grand Canyon on this 6-hour sightseeing adventure. Enjoy a scenic 45-minute flight from Las Vegas to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, flying over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the Colorado River. Then experience the breathtaking views from the overlooks at Eagle Point and Guano Point. As added options, visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk for a photo opportunity or descend below the rim of the canyon in a helicopter to experience a one-of-a-kind view. Native American-style barbecue meal and Las Vegas hotel pickup/drop-off included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

You can’t visit Las Vegas without taking in the spectacular site of the majestic Hoover Dam! A true marvel, the dam was constructed in less than five years during the Great Depression by thousands of men who ventured into Black Canyon to harness the power of the mighty Colorado.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Hoover Dam Hummer Tour

Travel to the Hoover Dam in a luxury Hummer H2 during this 4-hour excursion from Las Vegas. On the approximately 45-minute ride, watch an informative DVD on the Hummer's state-of-the-art media system that will give you background on the dam and prepare you for your tour. Upon arrival, take the Discovery Tour, an experience that includes riding an elevator 500 feet (152 meters) into the depths of the Black Canyon's walls to check out the power plant generators.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Skip the Line: Grand Canyon Skywalk Express Helicopter Tour

Try this exciting Grand Canyon Skywalk helicopter tour, and also get time on the ground to experience the stunning views. Enjoy a scenic 45-minute flight from Las Vegas to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, and see the Hoover Dam, the Mojave Desert, Lake Mead, and the Colorado River along the way. Then land at Eagle Point, home of the Hualapai Indian Nation and the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Souvenir photo and limousine hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Grand Canyon West Rim Day Trip by Coach, Helicopter and Boat with Optional Skywalk

This action-packed day trip to the Grand Canyon West Rim includes a helicopter descent to the canyon floor and a pontoon boat ride on the Colorado River. After luxury coach transport from Las Vegas, top off these sights with a cowboy cookout at the Hualapai Ranch and a scenic shuttle tour along the West Rim. Upgrade to add on the Grand Canyon Skywalk!
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Small-Group Hoover Dam VIP Tour from Las Vegas

Enjoy an educational and entertaining trip to Hoover Dam on this guided, 5-hour, small-group sightseeing adventure from Las Vegas. Visit the Hoover Dam Visitor Center and Generator Room, enjoy an informational movie and check out the view from the top of the dam and Lake Mead. Learn about the history of Hoover Dam, with an abundance of staggering facts. On the return trip to Las Vegas, make a short visit to a local park where herds of bighorn sheep typically graze. All entrance fees, snacks and bottled water are included.
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El Dorado Canyon and Gold Mine Trip

This off-road ATV or UTV adventure from Las Vegas offers intrepid travelers the opportunity to explore El Dorado Canyon and the spooky Techatticup gold mine like never before. Navigate the back canyons, long-forgotten areas and remote regions of this desolate location on a memorable half-day tour with lunch and round-trip hotel transport included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Grand Canyon West Rim Combo: Luxury SUV, Helicopter and Boat

Explore the Grand Canyon by helicopter, boat and luxury SUV on this full-day tour. Travel to the West Rim of the Canyon in a luxury SUV, fly to the bottom of the Canyon in a helicopter for spectacular views, then cruise down the Colorado River by boat. Spend several hours exploring the Grand Canyon's attractions at your leisure. This tour, led by a local guide, ensures a fascinating experience. Round-trip Las Vegas hotel transportation and lunch are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Viator Exclusive: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Optional Below-the-Rim Landing and Skywalk Upgrade

What’s the ultimate way to have a Grand Canyon experience from Las Vegas? Try this exciting 7-hour helicopter tour. Enjoy a scenic 45-minute flight from Las Vegas to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. Take in the breathtaking views from the overlooks at Eagle Point and Guano Point. As added options, visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk for a photo opportunity or swoop down to the base of the canyon to experience the stunning views from below. Lunch and Las Vegas hotel pickup/drop-off included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Half- or Full-Day Kayaking Tour on the Colorado River from Las Vegas

Kayak down the Colorado River on this half- or full-day tour from Las Vegas. Since you pick between a 4-mile (6.4-km) trip or a 12-mile (19.3-km) trip, it’s up to you how much time to spend on the water. Both options give you amazing sights of the area, and you might even spot wildlife as you paddle along. The main difference is the full-day allows for more stops and also offers lunch — the half-day experience only offers snacks.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Deluxe Grand Canyon West Rim Day Trip from Las Vegas with Optional Skywalk

Explore one of the seven wonders of the world — the Grand Canyon — on this 12-hour day trip to the west rim from Las Vegas. With included transport to and from the Strip, you can easily plan this day trip into your Las Vegas getaway. Along the way, stop for photos at the hoover Dam. Take in views of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River at Guano Point and Eagle Point. Plus, for the more adventurous, choose to walk the edge of the Grand Canyon on the Grand Canyon Skywalk for an added expense.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Small-Group Grand Canyon West Rim Day Tour from Las Vegas

Experience one of the seven natural wonders of the world on this guided, full-day, small-group tour from Las Vegas. Travel through the Mojave Desert and Black Mountains en route to the Grand Canyon’s West Rim for 4-hours to explore. You can upgrade to see the canyon from the air on a helicopter flight through the canyon or take a walk on the glass-bottomed Grand Canyon Skywalk. A snack, lunch, bottled water and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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