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Leave the neon lights of Sin City behind during this relaxing full-day guided kayak excursion on the Black Canyon section of the Colorado River. This paddling trip, which navigates several miles of placid water close to Hoover Dam, is great for kayakers of all experience levels. During your trip you’ll stop to explore idyllic riverside beaches, caves, canyons and hot springs. Your kayak guide will also point out local wildlife, hidden inlets, hiking spots and historical sites along the way. The trip also includes all necessary kayaking equipment, river permit and safety lesson, lunch, bottled water, snacks, dry bag for personal items and round-trip hotel transport.


  • Full-day guided Black Canyon kayak trip from Las Vegas
  • Get great views of Hoover Dam, the engineering marvel that lights up Las Vegas and much of the West
  • Look for hidden locations including Gold Strike Canyon, Lone Palm Canyon, Arizona Hot Springs and Emerald Cave
  • Stop to explore canyons, caves, hot springs and beaches along the Colorado River
  • Try to spot bald eagles, red-tail hawks, coyotes, bighorn sheep, striped bass, and more
  • Paddle under a historic gauging station, built to measure the river's water flow
  • All kayak gear included with expert instruction, a great trip for beginning or experienced kayakers

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What You Can Expect

Black Canyon Kayak Day Trip from Las Vegas

Black Canyon Kayak Day Trip from Las Vegas

Take a break from the gambling and non-stop nightlife of Vegas to the spend a full day kayaking among the beautiful river canyons found not far from the city. It’s the perfect chance to see a different side of Las Vegas: one that trades neon lights for canyons and beautiful desert wildlife.

Start the day with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Las Vegas, continuing to the kayak center where you’ll meet your guide and get your necessary gear for the trip. Once you’re ready to go, jump in your transport and head to the base of Hoover Dam, walking 1,100 feet (335 meters) down to the kayak launching point. You’ll also clear a security checkpoint where you’ll be asked to show a government-issued photo ID.

Receive a short safety lesson and paddling tips from your guide before setting off. Then spend the next 4-5 hours enjoying your incredible kayaking adventure. The trip paddles through mostly calm water, though it can occasionally be bumpy depending on the weather. Rest assured that your boat is designed for maximum stability, includes safety gear and has rudders to assist with turning.

Soon after you set out, you’ll arrive at a great photo location with fantastic sight lines back to the Hoover Dam. Snap a few shots and then follow your guide towards the next landmark at Sauna Cave, where you can take two optional short hikes. The easy trails here trace their way through a slot canyon, leading to hot springs for swimming and relaxing. For those that skip the hike, take a break on the riverbank amidst the beautiful scenery until the group returns.

Continue seven more miles (11 kilometers) before taking a break for a picnic lunch situated on a secluded beach. Once you’ve fueled up, continue paddling three miles (5 kilometers) to your next sightseeing stop at Emerald Cave, along with a historic tramway and a station once used to measure the river’s flow rate. A nearby trailhead offers more hiking depending on your group’s progress.

Finish your trip at Willow Beach, where you’ll rendezvous with a van that will transport you back to Las Vegas. Bathrooms and refreshments are available at the beach’s marina. Bid farewell to your group and guide as you head back to your hotel, arriving in the early evening.

Please note: you must provide your exact name as it appears on your government-issued ID (passport or driver’s license) at the time of booking. The local operator will use this information to obtain the required permits. The tour cannot be confirmed without this detail.

Customer Reviews

Janet H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Had an amazing day out. Very early start but great guide - very interesting and funny - and the scenery was amazing. We had never kayaked before but really enjoyed it, and the hiking part too - especially the hot springs. Would highly recommend this tour.

Joel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Had the best day with out guide Reid. Couldn't be happier with the service and the experience itself would 100 recommend. Thanks again!

Carly H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful day away from Las Vegas casinos! The guides were awesome, lunch was big and satisfying, and the scenery was incredible. Swimming in some gorgeous natural hot springs was a highlight!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A really good day, hard work, but well worth the effort, guides really funny and got everyone involved, lovely to cool off in the river, saw some fantastic sights, had a shower in a hot spring, not something you do every day.

Eric United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was absolutely amazing! It was a fantastic way to beat the Vegas heat and get out on the water for the day. The trip is a great combination of kayaking, hiking, & wildlife spotting. Kayaking the crystal clear waters of the Colorado River honestly made for an exciting and very scenic day. You also get the chance to soak in the natural hot springs and pools at Moonscape Canyon. Paddling into Emerald Cave was also one of the highlights. Our guide, Gary, was fantastic. He was very funny and full of interesting facts and stories. I would recommend this tour to anyone in Las Vegas who would like to spend the day away from the strip and see what other activities the area has to offer.

Grant S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great start, from Hoover Dam, really experienced guide, well-balanced tour with 4 stops for hikes to a waterfall full dunking in warm springs if you choose lunch on a riverside beach, a hike to a series of hot-water pools excellent and a short hike up to a great view. Recommended for moderately fit people.

Grant S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great start, from Hoover Dam, really experienced guide, well-balanced tour with 4 stops for hikes to a waterfall full dunking in warm springs if you choose lunch on a riverside beach, a hike to a series of hot-water pools excellent and a short hike up to a great view. Recommended for moderately fit people.

Trevor H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

An excellent day with a fantastic guide....
Scenery is truly amazing... does get tiring at points, but worth it
Do remember sunscreen... I am suffering so badly now!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fabulous, fantastic, brilliant. John our driver was funny, entertaining and knowledgeable. Gary our river guide was fantastic from the start to the very end. A truly magnificent experience, next year when we return this trip will be at the top of our list. Gary's knowledge was quite impressive and fascinating and the views were awesome. A total brilliant day.

jordansignatureheati ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Geno was AWESOME! we loved our trip. We had to fight the winds. Geno said it was very windy that day. I would do it again in a heart beat. I can cross this off my bucket list. the views are amazing. If you love the outdoors this is for you. Thank you again GENO!

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