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Black Canyon Kayak at Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas

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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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
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.
Departure Time
6:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • All necessary equipment (life vest, helmet, kayak)
  • Permit (non-refundable once booked)
  • Professional guide
  • Safety and paddling instruction
  • Lunch, bottled water and snacks
  • Dry bag for personal belongings
  • In-park transportation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic day from start to finish - our guide Tom was such a gent and showed great patience and motivated us every inch of the way - if you are thinking of doing this trip - do it

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Tommo4455
DesertAdventures2, General Manager at Desert Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello! We are thrilled but not surprised to hear that you had a great trip! We hope to see you back for another adventure soon. :-)

Reviewed 17 July 2019

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!

Reviewed 24 June 2019

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
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Kayak_Las_Vegas, Public Relations Manager at Desert Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2019

Thank you for going out with us!

Reviewed 28 April 2019

What can I say about Desert Adventures? It. Is. Fantastic. We were lucky enough to have the Neil Armstrong guide us down the river on a perfect day. He was spectacular. It was like hanging out with a good friend and time just flew by....More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Kim T
DesertAdventures2, Manager at Desert Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2019

Aww! Thank you so much for the kind words! We strive to make our guests feel like they are old friends coming to visit. And you are! We look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed 9 March 2019

Try to go during an 'off season' if you can, but be prepared to reschedule for 'inclement weather', and bring layers! They won't launch if the winds will make an impossible/pointless paddle. We went in early March, and since no one else signed up,we got...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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DesertAdventures2, Manager at Desert Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2019

Yes! To all of your helpful information! If you're wanting to experience Emerald Cave you gotta come in the Spring/Summer. Thank you for sharing your tips and your experience. We're happy to hear that we achieved all that we strive to be for you. See...More

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Kacie W
12 August 2018|
Response from hilwoman | Reviewed this property |
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
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