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Leave the bustle of Las Vegas behind for a full-day kayak trip through the Black Canyon on the Colorado River. Perfect for paddlers of all skill levels, this trip covers several miles of calm water near Hoover Dam, with stops to explore caves, beaches, hot springs and canyons. Throughout the day, your experienced guide points out wildlife, historical sites, hidden inlets and beautiful hikes along the river. Kayaking equipment, instruction, and lunch are included; you just need to bring your personal gear (think cameras and hats) for a great day on the water!
Kayak the Black Canyon section of the Colorado River with a guide
Ideal for all experience levels—including beginners
All kayaking equipment, lunch, snacks, and bottled water are provided
Hassle-free round-trip transport from select Las Vegas hotels
What to Expect
Start your tour with early morning pickup from select Las Vegas hotels in an air-conditioned vehicle for a short drive to Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
Meet your guide and head to the kayak launching point on the riverbank below Hoover Dam. After a short safety briefing, hop in your kayak and paddle downstream along the Black Canyon section of the Colorado River.
Stop at Sauna Cave, where you can choose between two short guided hikes or opt to wait for your group on the riverbank. The easy trails lead to hot springs where you can swim. Kayak for several more miles, and then stop for lunch on a secluded riverside beach.
After a final stop at Emerald Cave, finish your paddling trip on the Arizona side of the river at Willow Beach. Your tour ends with hotel drop-off in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Traveler pickup is offered Pickup is available from most hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Pick up from your Hotel is generally between 5:30 and 6:00am. We will call you the day before to give you a more exact pick up time.
Returns to original departure point
All necessary equipment (life vest, helmet, kayak)
Permit (non-refundable once booked)
Safety and paddling instruction
Lunch, bottled water and snacks
Dry bag for personal belongings
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Important: In order for the local operator to obtain the necessary permits for this tour ALL traveler names must be provided as they appear on a government issued ID such as a driver's license or passport. Your tour will not be confirmed unless all names are provided.
Please note once reservation is confirmed the local operator is required to purchase a launch permit (USD 34). This is non-refundable.
All travelers MUST bring a government issued ID on the day of the tour
WE DO HAVE A REFUND POLICY THAT IS DIFFERENT THAN THE OPTION TRIP ADVISOR GIVES YOU!
LAUNCH PERMITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERRABLE.
ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR CANCELLATIONS WITHIN 48 HOURS OF TRIP.
Cancellations made at least 14 days in advance will receive a full refund, minus a 6% processing fee.
Cancellations made within 7-13 days will receive a 50% refund.
Cancellations made within 3-6 days will receive a 25% refund.
Any changes in date, time, or name will require the purchase of new permits at full price, and may incur a rescheduling fee.
Routes and trips are proposed and may change.
We reserve the right to change routes, cancel, or reschedule trips due to weather, wind, or unsafe conditions. Desert Adventures does not cancel trips due to rain.
If the trips departs as scheduled, the above cancellation policy will apply.
Not wheelchair accessible
A hearty boxed lunch is included. Our sandwich options are: Ham, Turkey, BLT, PB&J, Veggie Wrap, Chicken Caesar Wrap or Chef Salad
Most travelers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Our guide was Antonio, he was super knowledgeable and made us feel right at home on the water. You launch from the bottom of the Hoover Dam, be prepared to hustle here, you only have 15 minutes to get in the water. We paddled a...More
Date of experience: September 2019
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DesertAdventures2, Guest Relations Manager at Desert Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago
Hello! We are happy to hear you had a great day on the river with Antonio! Hope to see you again soon!
Antonio was a pretty awesome guide. We saw goats, lizards, and a bald eagle on our adventure. I love the landscapes along the river that you can only see there, it's also not incredibly hot this time of year, water was 54 degrees. I would...More
Thank Lori M
DesertAdventures2, Guest Relations Manager at Desert Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago
Hi Lori! We are happy to hear that you had a great time on your trip with Antonio. Sounds like you had a perfect day! Come see us again soon!
We rented kayaks from Desert Adventures and had a self-guided kayak trip for 12 miles from below Hoover Dam to Willow Beach. We really enjoyed the trip but because it is hot make sure you take plenty of water. The scenery was spectacular, and we...More
Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Rhonda E
DesertAdventures2, Guest Relations Manager at Desert Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2019
Hello Rhonda, Thank you for choosing Desert Adventures for your self-guided kayaking trip. We are glad you had a great time and can't wait to hear from you again!
Debbie, Scott, Adam, and I followed our guide Mahan into the waters at the base of the Hoover Dam. Thus began a 12-mile, 8 hour experience that is not easily described. The views were incredible, the trek was demanding without being exhausting, and the experience...More
Date of experience: June 2019
Kayak_Las_Vegas, Public Relations Manager at Desert Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2019
There are lots of opportunities for short hikes. He would miss out on the hot springs if he can't hike too far. But, the hikes are optional parts of the trip. There is plenty to see without hiking. 12 miles is a long paddle... More
There are lots of opportunities for short hikes. He would miss out on the hot springs if he can't hike too far. But, the hikes are optional parts of the trip. There is plenty to see without hiking. 12 miles is a long paddle and you can stop here and there to stand and stretch.