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Willow Beach: Black Canyon Kayak Tour with Guide and Snack

1. Willow Beach: Black Canyon Kayak Tour with Guide and Snack

Explore Black Canyon under your own steam on a guided tour. Kayak along the Colorado River, spotting wildlife, such as bald eagles, as you go. Enjoy incredible views of the river and surrounding landscape. Discover the river's history and marvel at the stunning rock formation at Emerald Cave. Arrive at Willow Beach and prepare for the day ahead as your guides help you into your kayak. Paddle upstream into the narrow channels of the Black Canyon. Continue for about 1 mile, scouring the banks as you go to spot a variety of wildlife, including native desert bighorn sheep and bald eagles. Then, stop at a historical overlook for awe-inspiring views of the legendary Colorado River. Listen as your guide shares the immense history of the river over the past 100 years. Enjoy a snack before setting off for the stunning rock formation of Emerald Cave on your way back to the starting point.

Willow Beach: Emerald Cave and Lake Mead Kayaking Tour

2. Willow Beach: Emerald Cave and Lake Mead Kayaking Tour

Discover a kayaker’s dream destination – the Emerald Cave and Willow Beach – on this kayaking tour from Las Vegas with a guide and unlimited snacks and drinks. Swim in the cave’s enchanting green water and keep an eye out for wildlife. After meeting your guide, start with a quick kayaking lesson before gearing up and getting on your kayak. When paddling toward Emerald Cave, take a break from kayaking and explore breathtaking views of the entire canyon. Get your cameras ready for the desert bighorn sheep, blue heron, and bald eagles. Marvel at the canyon walls lining Emerald Cave that are 5,000 to 7,000 feet high. During the tour, get the chance to swim in the mystical green water of the Colorado River. When the sun shines at the right angle, reflections off the sediment on the cave walls make the river water look bright green. The outdoor adventure Sherpa shares that the cave's green waters shine the brightest during the spring and summer months. 

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Champagne

3. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Champagne

Marvel at the Grand Canyon from above on this popular helicopter tour from Las Vegas, with transfers included. Land on the canyon floor 3,500 feet below the rim to enjoy it up-close. Treat yourself to some champagne and refreshments while overlooking the Colorado River. After your Las Vegas pickup, experience a breathtaking helicopter flight over the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and Fortification Hill—an extinct volcano—along with many other awe-inspiring views. After descending 3,500 feet inside the Grand Canyon and Hualapai Indian Reservation, make sure to snap some photos after landing for some unforgettable souvenirs.  Take in the breathtaking views of the canyon and river in front of you. Then, enjoy a cool beverage, light snack, and champagne toast while sitting 300 feet above the impressive Colorado River.  Continue your journey through the beautiful Black Canyon as your return to the South Las Vegas terminal, then enjoy your transfer back to Las Vegas.  Upgrade your tour to include a flight over the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip and the city’s downtown area before heading home. This option includes the standard tour plus an additional flight over the world-famous Vegas Strip.

From Las Vegas: Black Canyon Half-Day Kayak Tour

4. From Las Vegas: Black Canyon Half-Day Kayak Tour

Following pick-up from your approved hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, escape the city and journey by comfortable Mercedes Sprinter to the start point of your kayak adventure into the Black Canyon. Arrive at Willow Beach and prepare for the day ahead as your guides help fit you into your kayaks. Paddle upstream into the narrow channels of the Black Canyon, and scour the banks to spot a variety of wildlife, including native Desert Big Horn Sheep and Bald Eagles. Continue for approximately 1 mile, and then stop at an historical overlook for awe-inspiring views of the legendary Colorado River. Listen to an explanation about the immense history of what the river has been used for over the past 100 years. Enjoy a complimentary snack before setting off for the stunning rock formation of Emerald Cave on your way back to the starting point.

Las Vegas: Hoover Dam and Seven Magic Mountains Tour

5. Las Vegas: Hoover Dam and Seven Magic Mountains Tour

See the top attractions around Las Vegas on a half-day trip with a guide, including the Las Vegas sign, Hoover Dam, and Seven Magic Mountains. Step out of your Las Vegas hotel and climb aboard the air-conditioned van to start your tour. Head straight over to the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign to beat the crowds for an early morning photo shoot.  Next, drive into the middle of the Mojave Desert to admire the hottest art in town, Seven Magic Mountains. Then, enjoy the views as you drive through Boulder City and on to the Hoover Dam. Walk out onto the Mike O'Callahan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, the second-highest bridge in the United States.  Take in the full view of the Hoover Dam. Follow your tour guide on a guided walk across the top of the Hoover Dam, and peer down the face of what once was the tallest dam in the world.

Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Walk-on-the-Top Tour with Lunch

6. Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Walk-on-the-Top Tour with Lunch

Join this fully guided VIP tour and experience the Walk On The Top tour, the Nevada Power Plant Tour, the Boulder Dam Museum, lunch at the Omelet House right on the outskirts of Las Vegas, and a visit to the Hoover Dam bypass bridge. Enjoy a fully guided walk over Hoover Dam and learn about the concrete, high scalers, depression, earthquakes, cableways, spillways, intake towers, outlet works, drought, wages, and tragic deaths. Once you leave Boulder City, head for lunch at the Omelet House on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Stop at the Las Vegas welcome sign and take some photos of the landmark, without having to wait in line. This tour also includes a special bonus - Complimentary tickets to the LA Comedy Club at the Strat! (a $45 value per ticket). All this and you'll be back in Las Vegas in the early afternoon.

Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Experience with Power Plant Tour

7. Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Experience with Power Plant Tour

Take in unique and beautiful views of the Black Canyon, the Colorado River, inside the Hoover Dam, and below and above the dam as well. Learn about the fascinating history of the concrete cavity arch dam that took over five years and nearly 50 million dollars to complete. Learn all about the history of the storied and enormous Hoover Dam as you visit the Hoover Dam visitor center and then finally the Hoover Dam Museum in Boulder City. Venture across the astounding second-highest bridge in the USA, the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, and take in the breathtaking views of the Black Canyon of the Colorado River and the massive Hoover Dam from above. Experience the Hoover Dam on a guided walking tour as you set foot on top of the Dam constructed by thousands of workers during the Great Depression. Marvel at the Hoover Dam from below, then discover the power plant and generator rooms that provide large amounts of power for parts of Nevada, Arizona, and California.

From Las Vegas: Guided Colorado River Kayak Tour

8. From Las Vegas: Guided Colorado River Kayak Tour

Spend a day surrounded by clear water and natural landscapes on this guided kayaking tour starting from Las Vegas. Paddle along the Colorado River and see the Emerald Cave. This is a great tour option for both beginners and advanced paddlers alike. This kayaking tour paddles onto the Colorado River at various times in the morning, starting from Las Vegas and taking off into the water at Willow Beach, Arizona. An early morning tour lets you beat the heat and the crowds. The moment the paddle dips into the Colorado River, you'll be transported back in time. Paddle past historic sites of the 1920s era government project that gave life to the desert southwest. Venture into the Black Canyon narrows to explore the river that exists only an hour outside of the busy lights of the Las Vegas strip. Arrive at Emerald Cave and learn how to back up your kayak into the cave to get some unbeatable photos of the emerald green water. The cave itself is the cherry on top of a spectacular afternoon on this picturesque section of the river.

Arizona: Colorado River and Cave Half-Day Guided Kayak Tour

9. Arizona: Colorado River and Cave Half-Day Guided Kayak Tour

Meet your guide at the Willow Beach Marina for this kayak trip to explore the beauty of the Colorado River. Select this tour to join a Veteran-owned and operated tour company that offers the only 4-hour tour of the river with a maximum group size of 12. Start your tour in the morning to avoid the afternoon desert heat and avoid the crowds. Get a short safety briefing and some basic paddle instruction from your guide before heading out on your tour. Once you’re out on the water, enjoy a 4-mile paddle at a relaxed pace. See some of the natural beauty that Arizona and Nevada have to offer. From towering rock walls to emerald waters, this tour makes for a great retreat from the bright lights of Vegas. See sites, like Emerald Cove and the Black Canyon. Stop along the way for a swim in the river, take pictures, and learn about the history of Hoover Dam from your guide on this kayak tour.

From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Small Group Tour

10. From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Small Group Tour

Take a guided tour of the Hoover Dam with this day tour from Las Vegas. Explore the most-visited dam in the world on this fun sightseeing tour with a professional guide. Be picked up from Las Vegas and relax as you are driven to historic Boulder City. Stop for the chance to see some Bighorn sheep grazing at Hemenway Park. Next, journey high above the Colorado River to get a bird's-eye view of the Hoover Dam from the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. Snap some pictures, while learning how the dam works and how it was built. Marvel at panoramic views of Lake Mead (the man-made lake formed by the dam) from Lake Mead Overlook. Return to your hotel in Las Vegas.

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What people are saying about Black Canyon

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Ray was awesome! She was the best guide! Very knowledgeable on the places she took us! She had plenty of water and snacks for us and stopped twice on the way back to split up the trip! That was extremely helpful! She was also very personable! It was nice to know that she remembered our names! Definitely recommend Blazin Paddles and Ray as your guide!

What an amazing experience!!! The water and wildlife were absolutely beautiful! The snacks were great and they had plenty of cold water to keep us hydrated the whole trip. I’d definitely go again!

An amazingly exciting adventure! Always felt safe and the whole experience was a must do. Pilot was amazing!!!

I definitely recommend this kayaking tour! It was really fun and our guide, John, was terrific.

Great experience, definitely will do it again! Jordan is also a great tour guide.