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Full Day

Black Canyon Kayaking

Embark on the Black Canyon Kayak adventure, one of our most sought-after trips for those craving an exhilarating challenge. Encounter bighorn sheep, explore hot springs, and venture into caves.

Black Canyon Kayaking




Full Day

About the Experience

Discover the magic of Black Canyon and the Colorado River, situated immediately below the mighty Hoover Dam. Within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, a 30-mile stretch of the river has been designated as a national water trail, providing recreational and commercial boaters access. Many tours focus on the highly favored 12-mile section, extending from Hoover Dam to Willow Beach. Noteworthy river miles are indicated by visible signs along the route, with Willow Beach positioned around mile 52 and Hoover Dam marking the commencement at river mile 64. Waterproof guidebooks are available for purchase, both as actual maps with history and information and as a souvenir to remember your adventure.


The day starts bright and early with the Las Vegas sunrise over the river mountains. Meet your river guide, get fitted with life vests and paddling gear, and begin the winding descent down the historic portal road (used in the construction of the Hoover Dam).  After some brief paddling instruction, launch your kayak at the base of the Hoover Dam and pause for a photograph in front of this iconic structure. Explore the Black Canyon Water Trail, a breathtaking river journey that delivers exceptional value for those in search of maximum excitement. Despite the absence of whitewater, this stretch of the Colorado River is known for its emerald colors, strong currents, boils, and eddies – set amongst the harsh desert terrain of Black Canyon. Side canyons with hiking, hot springs, and wildlife will fill your kayak trip, ensuring a day brimming with exploration. 

Meet Your Guide and Gear Up

Begin your adventure by meeting your experienced guide and gearing up for the day. Get fitted with life vests, kayaks and gear such as dry bags.

Descend to the River

Navigate an 1100-foot elevation drop as you descend to the river, revealing the majestic Hoover Dam in all its glory.

Kayak Orientation

Familiarize yourself with your kayak during a brief orientation, ensuring you are comfortable and ready for the journey ahead.

Paddling Techniques

Once on the water, your guide will cover essential paddling techniques to enhance your kayaking skills and overall experience.

Scenic Exploration

Cruise past enchanting waterfalls and serene canyons, keeping an eye out for wildlife such as bighorn sheep, bald eagles, or coyotes.

Bring your bathing suit for a leisurely soak in the natural hot springs along the way.

Emerald Cave Exploration

Paddle into Emerald Cave and explore its historic catwalk, adding an extra layer of adventure to your journey.

Picnic Lunch with Scenic Views

Enjoy a well-deserved picnic lunch on a picturesque beach, surrounded by million-dollar views.

Willow Beach Conclusion

Conclude your day at Willow Beach, where a comfortable, air-conditioned shuttle awaits to transport you conveniently back to your hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.


- Kayaking
- Hot Springs
- Slot Canyon Hikes
- Swimming
- Wildlife Viewing
- Caves
- Photography


Moderate - Strenuous (depending on the wind)


Beginner-friendly for those seeking a highly adventurous activity. Recommended age: 12+ years. Solo paddlers must be at least 14+ years of age and 100 lbs. Younger paddlers are required to be in a boat with an adult. Three-person paddling options may be available (please inquire before booking). 

Antonio Trujillo

Packing Your Gear

Prepare your gear wisely. As you traverse from the desert floor to mountain tops and back down, be ready for significant temperature fluctuations. It's advisable to equip yourself for various weather conditions. To ensure a comfortable and enjoyable journey, we've compiled a recommended gear list.

Packing List

- 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)
- Photo ID (cannot launch without it)
- 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
- Gloves

* Gratuities for guides range from
10%-20% of trip cost

Couple enjoying hot springs in Black Canyon Wilderness Area

Izzy Collett

Kayakers glide past a waterfall near Lone Palm Canyon

Izzy Collett


- High performance kayak with rudder
- 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

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