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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
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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
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!
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
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
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.