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Black Canyon Kayak Tour from Las Vegas

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Duration: 11 to 12 hours pick-up to drop-off

From $221.95

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The Black Canyon Kayak Tour is a very popular Colorado River Experience. This exciting and adventurous day on the river is the best value for those wanting the most "bang for their buck." You need only show up with a smile and ready for fun!

This section of Black Canyon is moving flat-water, it is not a whitewater trip. It is perfect for first timers as well as seasoned paddlers.

After transport from the Las Vegas Strip, your day begins as you meet your guide and prepare for the thrilling ride down the Lower Portal Road - the only road to the base of Hoover Dam. As you drop 1100 feet in elevation, the mighty Hoover Dam presents itself.

After a short safety briefing and basic paddling instruction, you will get acquainted with your kayak. Once on the water, the adventure begins! Your guide will show you unique and hidden places such as Gold Strike Canyon, Lone Palm Canyon, Arizona Hot Springs, Emerald Cave and many other treats. You may see big horn sheep, bald eagles, coyotes, red-tail hawks, turkey vultures, striped bass, and more.

Remember to wear a bathing suit for soaking in the natural hot springs. Your day will also include a picnic lunch on a secluded beach or rock that will provide you with million dollar views. Paddle into Emerald Cave and check out the historic catwalk.

Your day ends at Willow Beach, where an air-conditioned shuttle will transport you back to your hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

Departure Time:

6:00 am daily

PLEASE NOTE: This trip requires NPS permits for all participants, which are limited and sometimes sell out well in advance. The price of the permits is included in the tour price. If the permits are sold out for your requested date, you will be contacted with options. If none of the options are agreeable to you, a full refund will be made.


6:00 am to 6:30 am - Hotel Pickups from Las Vegas Strip

7:00 am - Arrive at tour office for check-in and paperwork; coffee and restrooms available; equipment fitting; buy last minute items

7:15 am - Drive to staging area; security check (I.D. required) to gain access to the Hoover Dam launch site

8:00 am - Arrive at base of Hoover Dam and Colorado River; unload equipment and gear; basic paddling and general safety instruction; begin paddling once group is in the water; kayak about a quarter mile

8:30 am - Photo opportunities at Hoover Dam

8:45 am - Sauna Cave

9:00 am - Kayak about 1.5 miles

9:30 am - Visit a slot canyon and do some light hiking to hot springs; explore, take photos, soak in the mineral waters

10:00 am - Kayak about 2.0 miles

11:00 am - Arrive at hot springs beach; option to hike to hot springs and spend some time soaking; swim in river if temperatures allow; outhouses available at this beach

11:45 am - Kayak about 3.0 miles

12:30 pm - Picnic Lunch on the beach; relax in the sun or swim in the refreshing waters

1:00 pm - Kayak for 3.0 miles

2:00 pm - Emerald Cave

2:15 pm - Historic gauging station and tramways; kayak another 1.0 mile

2:30 pm - Historic trailhead to gauger's homesite; hike if time and temperatures allow

2:45 pm - Kayak final leg of trip; about 1.0 mile

3:00 pm - Arrive at Willow Beach; unpack and load boats; restrooms and cold beverages available at marina

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Arrive back at Las Vegas Strip hotels


~ High performance kayak with rudder for easy steering

~ Paddle and Life Vest

~ All safety equipment

~ Professional Guide

~ Basic paddling instruction

~ Lunch, snacks, bottled water

~ Dry bag for your essentials
~ Flashlights for Sauna Cave

~ Sunscreen

~ In-park transfers

~ Hotel transportation

Frequently Asked Questions:

~What kind of kayaks do you use? -- These guided trips are equipped with high performance composite kayaks made by SEDA. They are lightweight, strong, and fast. These boats have rudders to make steering easy, along with sealed hatches to keep your items protected. They are top-of-the-line boats. The fleet contains these high performance boats, as well as similar plastic touring boats with rudders from Necky, and sit-on-top kayaks from Bic Sports.

~What is included on a guided trip? -- You will get personalized service, the best equipment, freshly prepared and tasty meals, and a certified guide. Your kayak will have a rudder for easy steering, and you will be provided a dry bag to keep your essentials safe. A guided trip is the best value for your money. Your guide has the experience of reading the water currents, keeping you safe, taking you to the best spots, and pointing out wildlife. If you feel uneasy or uncomfortable about kayaking, or are a first time paddler, a guided trip is the way to go.

~I don’t know how to swim. Can I still go? -- Although it is extremely beneficial to know how to swim, it is not necessary. Swimming, in most cases, is optional. Nature can be unpredictable though, and there is always the possibility of capsizing. Your guides take every precaution to minimize risks and provide a safe, enjoyable experience. Personal flotation devices equipped with whistles are fitted to each participant, and are mandatory on all trips. Your guides are professionally trained in river rescue techniques, as well as First Aid and CPR. They know how to read currents, keep you upright, and bail you out if the need arises.

~Will I get wet? -- Yes. You will definitely get wet at least up to your knees. Anything above that is considered a bonus! The lake is quite refreshing during the heat of summer, but unless you want to become part of the polar bear club, too cold for winter swimming. Bathing suits worn under your clothing are recommended during summer months. You will be provided a dry bag to keep your belongings safe and dry.

~What kind of experience do the guides have? -- These guides have been paddling personally and professionally for years. They possess a vast knowledge of the history of the area, wildlife, plants, weather patterns, and currents. Before they can become lead guides, they must undergo a series of training programs which include rescue techniques, wind and weather, basic river kayaking, physical skills tests, and written tests. CPR and First Aid training is standard, and guides carry marine radios and cell phones at all times.

~What should I bring/wear? -- In summer: shorts and a T-shirt, along with a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Wear a bathing suit under layers of clothing. Some people prefer long sleeves to protect from sun exposure. Be sure to wear river sandals or old tennis shoes that can get wet. Flip flops are NOT suitable; the algae and moss is very slippery and flip flops don't give enough support. You should definitely bring a camera or buy a waterproof disposable. In winter: long sleeves and pants (no cotton). Cotton tends to retain water, so fleece or synthetic material is best for cold weather. Nylon, polyester, capilene, and polypropylene work wonders. A light fleece jacket keeps you warm, and a pair of wool socks will warm your feet even when wet. A ski-type beanie or hat that covers your ears is oh-so-nice and a light pair of gloves will keep your digits toasty. Bring sunglasses and sunscreen. Water shoes or Teva type sandals will be fine. Don't forget the camera!

~What if I am a beginner? -- You may start as a beginner, but you will end the trip as a confident kayaker. Your guides are professionals and introduce newcomers to the sport every day. A high percentage of these trips consist of first-time paddlers or those who have tried it only once or twice. Because of this, lightweight, fast kayaks equipped with rudders for easy steering have been chosen for you. All trips receive safety rules as well as basic paddling instructions. What better way to try a new sport?

~Is there a minimum age requirement? -- For guided trips, a child be at least 6 years old and paddle in a tandem kayak with an adult - or 14 years old if they wish to paddle their own kayak. Your guide may rearrange people throughout the day to balance the ability of the group. If you feel you can paddle for two, the guides won't stop you.

~When should I make my reservation? -- Space is limited, so you should make your reservations as early as possible. Holidays and weekends book up quickly.

~What is the best time of year to go? -- Anytime! The guides vote for the fall and winter with calm, glassy waters, fewer motor boats, and lesser crowds. Springtime brings colorful wildflowers, newborn wildlife, and warmer temperatures. Winds can sometimes be challenging during March and April. Summer is just plain hot, but is still the busiest time of year for these trips, plus a good swim in the lake is invigorating to say the least. These trips run year round, with a season for everyone!

~Is there a minimum number required for your trips? -- Yes, the minimum total number of participants required for these trips is two (2) people. If you are a "single," every effort will be made to combine you with another group.

~Do you supply alcohol? May we bring our own? -- For day trips, alcohol is not permitted. Safety is the main concern. Your outfitter has a spotless record and wants to keep it that way. Combining tourists who aren't used to desert temperatures with miles of paddling usually equals dehydration. Mix alcohol into that equation, and it gets dangerous quickly. For the safety of everyone involved - if the guides feel you are intoxicated at pickup, they will refuse service, without a refund. Please do not show up under the influence of alcohol or drugs!

~Should I buy travel insurance? -- If you are concerned about the possibility of having to cancel, it is strongly suggested that you purchase trip cancellation insurance to protect your vacation investment. We are not responsible for any expenses incurred due to travel delays, flight cancellations, or illness, and assume no financial responsibility for personal injury, emergency evacuation, or equipment lost or damaged in any way.

48 HOURS MINIMUM ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED. Las Vegas Strip hotel pick ups are included, in addition to the Orleans, Palms, Southpoint and Red Rock. Gratuity is not included. This tour requires a total of 2 participants to guarantee departure. Please reserve online, or call us toll-free at 1-800-745-1925.

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48 HOURS MINIMUM ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED. Las Vegas Strip hotel pick ups are included, in addition to the Orleans, Palms, Southpoint and Red Rock. Gratuity is not included. This tour requires a total of 2 participants to guarantee departure. Please reserve online, or call us toll-free at 1-800-745-1925.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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