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Black Canyon Kayak at Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas

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Boulder City, United States

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Leave the neon lights of Sin City behind during this relaxing full-day guided kayak excursion on the Black Canyon section of the Colorado River. This paddling trip, which navigates several miles of placid water close to Hoover Dam, is great for kayakers of all experience levels. During your trip, stop to explore idyllic riverside beaches, caves, canyons, and hot springs. Your kayak guide also points out local wildlife, hidden inlets, hiking spots, and historical sites along the way. The trip also includes all necessary kayaking equipment, river permits, and safety lesson, lunch, bottled water, snacks, dry bag for personal items and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Get great views of Hoover Dam, the engineering marvel that lights up Las Vegas and much of the West
  • Stop to explore canyons, caves, hot springs, and beaches along the Colorado River
  • Paddle under a historic gauging station, built to measure the river's water flow
  • All kayak gear included with expert instruction, a great trip for beginning or experienced kayakers
Start the day with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Las Vegas, continuing to the kayak center where you meet your guide and get your necessary gear for the trip. Once you’re ready to go, jump in your transport and head to the base of Hoover Dam, walking 1,100 feet (335 meters) down to the kayak launching point. You also clear a security checkpoint where you are asked to show a government-issued photo ID.

Receive a short safety lesson and paddling tips from your guide before setting off. The trip paddles through mostly calm water, though it can occasionally be bumpy depending on the weather. Rest assured that your boat is designed for maximum stability, includes safety gear and has rudders to assist with turning.

Soon after you set out, arrive at a great photo location with fantastic sightlines back to the Hoover Dam. Snap a few shots and then follow your guide towards the next landmark at Sauna Cave, where you can take two optional short hikes. The easy trails here trace their way through a slot canyon, leading to hot springs for swimming and relaxing. For those that skip the hike, take a break on the riverbank amidst the beautiful scenery until the group returns.

Take a break for a picnic lunch situated on a secluded beach. Once you’ve fueled up, continue paddling to your next sightseeing stop at Emerald Cave, along with a historic tramway and a station once used to measure the river’s flow rate. A nearby trailhead offers more hiking depending on your group’s progress.

Finish your trip at Willow Beach, where you rendezvous with a van that transports you back to Las Vegas. Bathrooms and refreshments are available at the beach’s marina. Bid farewell to your group and guide as you head back to your hotel, arriving in the early evening.

Please note: you must provide your exact name as it appears on your government-issued ID (passport or driver’s license) at the time of booking. The local operator will use this information to obtain the required permits. The tour cannot be confirmed without this detail.
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the maximum group size during Black Canyon Kayak at Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas?
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This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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Tamika
, Aug 2020
This is one of thee best kayaking experiences I had being a beginner. Mahan is a excellent tourist. He was fun, knowledgeable, and showed us various site and shared many stories during our journey. I would recommend anyone to tour this if you love 💘 nature.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Tamika, We are so glad to hear you had a great time. We think Mahan is pretty awesome too! We hope you join us again in the future!
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Must do experience
Roy_P
, Aug 2020
Staff and trip was amazing! All the staff was very helpful from the checking in, all the way to actually doing the kayaking on the river. They treated us like family!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your trip! We look forward to paddling with you again in the future!
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Awesome experience
UH60pil0t
, Oct 2019
For the outdoor adventurer this is a must destination event. Spend the extra for the guided tour. The views are spectacular. 10 stars if I could.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
We are happy to hear you had a great time with us! See you again soon!
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Amazing Kayak Trip
Gbluzy335
, Jul 2019
Bob picked us up, was extremely nice and professional, we got a little history of the area as they took us to pick up the kayaks, Tom was our river guide and he was organized, professional and was very cool, We kayaked approx 12 miles but with frequent breaks it was not hard, Tom took time to show us some of the most amazing terrain you could imagine, got to enjoy some hot springs and the most beautiful emerald water, this trip was all around wonderful!!! Thank you Black Canyon Kayak
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thank you so much for your review! We are glad to hear about your amazing day and hope to see you back again soon.
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Perfect!
Kimma1
, Jun 2019
We could not have had a better time kayaking the Black Canyon. Great outfitters and guide! We will never forget it! Had so much fun!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
We love to hear how much fun our guests have had on the river! Thank you for coming out with us and playing in the Black Canyon!
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Awesome
Erica P
, Sep 2018
Beautiful trip! Awesome guide! Would do it again in a heartbeat! Looking forward to the multi day trip
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Amazing Kayak Adventure
Laurie H
, Aug 2018
Antonio made our kayak trip down the Black Canyon a memorable experience for us. He was knowledgeable, courteous, answered all of our questions and really took care of us during our journey! I would highly recommend this trip to see Black Canyon and have a chance to paddle the Colorado! Loved the hot springs hikes, saw big horn sheep up close, and had a fabulous lunch on the beach! And of course, got to experience Emerald Cave! An amazing day of adventure! Also loved the hotel pick up/drop off part of this trip and thanks to Neil for taking care of us for that part!
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Fun Day - Great Guides!
teresahoffman16
, Aug 2018
Robbie and Antonio, our guides, were awesome! They were patient with first-timers and engaging and knew so much about the history of the area, which made it special. The scenery was beautiful! Lunch was great, plenty of water and snacks all day, too. It was definitely a workout, but I would definitely recommend this trip - perfect getaway from the Vegas Strip.
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Kayaking the Colorado River
Lynn W
, Jul 2018
Very enjoyable and informative... Loved the lunch! Fun seeing the various animals and natural attractions along the way like the big horn sheep, various plants, old mining places, and hot springs.
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What an amazing trip. I have to...
Cornelia M
, Jun 2018
What an amazing trip. I have to apologise to the service provider...I decided tonight it is a good time to say thanks to all the Viator service providers who made our trips so much fun. I am nearly 2 years late....but I have to mention that visiting Las Vegas was not my idea of how I want to spend a family vacation....shows and 'the strip'....but I will never think of Las Vegas as those things again. We met the most amazing people on a hike, kayaking and driving buggies in the desert....the kayaking was fantastic...the Hoover dam wall amazing - from where we started, and the water the clearest of all. The little detours op canyons to waterfalls and hot pools and into caves made is so much more of a really amazing experience. We had our meal of fruit on a little 'beach' next to the water of this great river...we even swam for a bit, and I must say the only negative part of this trip was that it had to actually end! It was awesome. If you like water , do this trip, there is nothing hard or even remotely dangerous about the trip - just a lot of fun and 'little moments' we thoroughly enjoyed it! and will definitely recommend i to anybody who wants to experience the real Las Vegas'!

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