Spend the day exploring the historic area in Black Canyon. Spectacular scenery, wildlife, hiking, and lunch!
About the Experience
Try this amazing kayaking experience in Black Canyon. The lower Colorado River is moving flatwater with no rapids - just beautiful green waters. It is perfect for beginner 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.
Kayak 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 kayaks.
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 Big Horn 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 kayaking back to Willow Beach.
ACTIVITIES & HIGHLIGHTS
- Wildlife Viewing
SKILL LEVEL REQUIREMENTS
Beginner friendly, no previous experience required. Recommended age: 12+ years
Packing Your Gear
Come prepared. You could be travelling from the desert floor to mountain tops, and back down again. 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
- 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
- All permits and fees
*Gratuity not included