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Relax and Recharge: Kayaking and Hot Springs Exploration with Desert Adventures

Updated: Jul 11


The Colorado River, with its meandering stretches and crystal-clear waters, paints a breathtaking tableau, making it a sought-after haven for kayaking enthusiasts. Its dynamic flow, featuring serene flat waters with occasional strong eddies and boils, caters to both novices and seasoned paddlers.

Desert Adventures elevates this experience by offering diverse kayaking tours tailored to individual preferences. From top-notch equipment to customized itineraries, adventurers are offered quality gear and the liberty to explore, ensuring an unforgettable journey along this iconic river.

The Perfect Blend: Kayaking and Hot Springs


The combination of kayaking and hot springs creates a perfect balance of exhilaration and tranquility. After the excitement of navigating the river's twists and turns, the hot springs beckon, inviting you to unwind and soak in their mineral-rich waters. It's a serene interlude that provides respite for tired muscles and a moment of connection with the natural world.

In the evening, as the sun sets over the river and the canyons cast long shadows, you can bask in the warm embrace of the hot springs, enveloped by the sounds of nature. It's a meditative experience that allows you to truly connect with the rugged beauty of the Colorado River and the soothing embrace of the Earth's natural heat.

Desert Adventures offers an enjoyable kayaking experience that caters to both beginners and intermediate paddlers, with the assistance of our knowledgeable guides. While the water levels in some sections may not be shallow, our tours are designed to be beginner-friendly when accompanied by our experienced guides. Additionally, we provide spray skirts to keep paddlers dry and comfortable during the winter and cooler weather excursions.

A Typical Day of Adventure

Your day begins with an early rendezvous at the launch site, where you meet your seasoned guide and fellow adventure enthusiasts. As you set out on your kayaking expedition, the morning unveils a serene atmosphere, with the rising sun casting a golden glow upon the rugged canyons and tranquil waters.

Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of majestic big horn sheep scaling the canyon walls, while bald eagles and osprey soar gracefully above, adding to the enchanting allure of the surroundings.

Exploration and Wildlife Encounters

Witness the hidden treasures of the slot canyons, where the interplay of light and shadow creates an otherworldly ambiance.

As you navigate through this natural wonder, don't forget to watch for the scurrying lizards and the vibrant array of fish darting beneath your kayak, all while occasionally catching glimpses of elusive wildlife seeking refuge in the canyon's nooks and crannies.

Unveiling the Natural Hot Springs

As your kayaking adventure unfolds, the anticipation of reaching the natural hot springs amplifies the excitement. Navigate your way through the meandering river paths, each bend bringing you closer to the soothing embrace of the geothermal marvels. Upon arrival, the hot springs welcome you with their mineral-rich waters, inviting you to revel in their warm, therapeutic embrace. Allow the rejuvenating powers of the hot springs to wash over you, revitalizing your senses and offering a moment of pure relaxation amidst the rugged desert wilderness.

Capturing the Essence

Take a moment to absorb the essence of this breathtaking landscape, etching the memories of encounters with wildlife, the thrill of exploring slot canyons, and the indulgence of the natural hot springs into your consciousness. It's an experience that transcends the ordinary, leaving an indelible mark on your spirit and a profound appreciation for the wonders of the Colorado River.

Half-day tours along the Colorado River offer their own unique experiences, but for the enchanting hot springs, full-day adventures and multi-day trips are the way to go.

Preparing for the Journey

Clothing and Gear

Before setting off on your kayaking and hot springs adventure, choosing proper clothing and the right gear is paramount.

Comfortable Swimwear: Start with comfortable swimwear that allows freedom of movement. Opt for a swimsuit that dries quickly, as you'll be transitioning between kayaking and hot springs.

Sun Protection: With the desert sun shining down, protective clothing is essential. Wear a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt and wide-brimmed hat to shield yourself from the sun's rays.

Footwear: Sturdy water shoes or sandals with ankle straps are ideal for kayaking, as they provide traction and protect your feet. For the hot springs, bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes for any necessary hikes.

Waterproof Bag: To keep your personal items dry, pack them in a waterproof bag or a dry bag.

Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen generously to exposed skin. Choose a waterproof and eco-friendly sunscreen to protect both yourself and the environment.

Safety Measures

Safety is a top priority on your adventure. While guided tours offer expert guidance, it's essential to be mindful of safety measures.

Life Jacket (PFD): Always wear a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD) during kayaking, as it's a crucial safety precaution.

Stay Hydrated: Bring plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the journey, especially in the desert's dry climate.

Know Your Limits: Be aware of your physical limitations and communicate them to your guide. They will ensure your experience is tailored to your abilities.

Respect Wildlife: While wildlife encounters are part of the adventure, maintain a safe distance and avoid disturbing the animals.

Guided Kayak Tours with Desert Adventures

For a seamless and enriched experience, consider the convenience of guided tours offered by Desert Adventures.

Expert Guides: Our knowledgeable guides are experts in the local area, sharing their insights on geology, wildlife, and history, making your journey informative and engaging.

Safety Assurance: Our guides prioritize your safety. They are trained in wilderness first aid and are equipped to handle any emergencies.

Equipment Provided: With Desert Adventures, you don't need to worry about equipment. We provide high-quality kayaks, life jackets, and all the gear you need.

Convenient Transportation: We handle logistics like transportation, leaving you to focus on enjoying your adventure.

Scenic Highlights

As you embark on your kayaking and hot springs adventure, be prepared to be immersed in a world of breathtaking natural beauty. The journey along the Colorado River offers a tapestry of stunning scenery, ranging from the majestic Colorado River itself to iconic landmarks like the Hoover Dam. Here, we'll delve into the enchanting aspects that make this experience so visually captivating.

The Magnificent Colorado River


The Colorado River, winding gracefully through the surrounding landscapes, is a central protagonist in this scenic spectacle. Its crystal-green waters reflect the brilliant desert sun, creating a mesmerizing play of light and shadow that dances on the river's surface. As you paddle along, you'll be entranced by the gentle ripples and shimmering waters, creating an ever-changing canvas of liquid art.

Hoover Dam's Grandeur

The presence of the iconic Hoover Dam adds a touch of engineering marvel to this natural wonderland. This colossal structure, set against the rugged beauty of the canyon walls, serves as a testament to human ingenuity. As you approach the dam, you'll be awestruck by its sheer magnitude, a striking contrast to the serene natural surroundings.

The Towering Canyon Walls

Enveloped by the towering canyon walls, witness the dramatic display of volcanic formations that bear witness to the area's geological history. Marvel at the rugged textures and rich earthy tones that define the Southwest's unique beauty, creating an immersive and awe-inspiring visual spectacle that is nothing short of breathtaking.

Booking Your Adventure

Ready for the expedition of a lifetime? Desert Adventures in Boulder City awaits your enthusiasm, offering a tapestry of packages, such as:

Bighorn Classic Kayak Trip- A three-day adventure that promises the perfect blend of excitement and tranquility. As you paddle through the captivating Black Canyon on the Colorado River, you'll explore narrow slot canyons, soak in rejuvenating hot springs, and slumber under a star-studded sky.

Ringbolt Run Kayak Camping - A thrilling 2-day journey that combines the thrill of kayaking with the serenity of camping under the stars. Discover hidden geothermal pools, hike through narrow slot canyons, and unwind in natural hot tubs, all while surrounded by the captivating beauty of Black Canyon. Secure your spot today by calling (702) 293-5026 and get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure that promises to create enduring memories.

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