Spend the day exploring the historic area in Black Canyon. Spectacular scenery, wildlife, hiking, and lunch!
About the Experience
Try this amazing canoe experience while launching from Willow Beach. The lower Colorado river is moving flatwater with no rapids - just beautiful green waters. It is perfect for beginners, families, and seasoned paddlers alike.
Travel across the Mike O'Callaghan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, into Arizona. Your destination is Willow Beach, where you will load your kayaks, and gear up for your journey on the Colorado river.
Canoe past the Fish Hatchery, toward the emergence of a historic trailhead. Take a break and enjoy a short hike with spectacular views. Explore the ruins before returning to the canoes.
Back on the river, the green waters of Black Canyon flow through a narrow channel, where Emerald cave is hidden. Paddle inside for a great photo opportunity. Watch for desert bighorn sheep, bald eagles, coyotes, and striped bass.
Beyond Emerald cave and the catwalk sits a sandy beach, where you'll enjoy a picnic lunch with million dollar views. Take a refreshing swim in the green waters of the Colorado river before canoeing back to Willow Beach.
ACTIVITIES & HIGHLIGHTS
- Wildlife Viewing
SKILL LEVEL REQUIREMENTS
Beginner friendly, no previous experience required. Recommended age: 10+ years.
Packing Your Gear
Come prepared. Temperatures can vary greatly, so it is best to be prepared for all types of weather conditions. We have put together a recommended gear list for you, to help make your journey comfortable and enjoyable.
- Shorts or pants and shirt (not cotton)
- Dress in layers
- River sandals or water shoes (no flip flops)
- Swimsuit (wear under clothes)
- Hat and sunglasses
- Towel (optional)
- Spending cash for souvenirs & tips*
In cooler months (Nov-March) add:
- Base layer (polypro, capilene, etc.)
- Fleece top (for warmth)
- Wool socks
- Windproof/rainproof jacket
- Ski type beanie/hat
* Gratuities for guides range from 10%-20% of trip cost
- - Tandem canoe
- Paddle and life vest
- All safety equipment
- Professional Guide
- Basic paddling instruction
- Lunch and snacks
- Bottled water
- A dry bag for your essentials
- Hotel Transportation
*Gratuity not included