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Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Clear-Kayak Tour

1. Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Clear-Kayak Tour

Take a day trip to experience the Colorado River's majestic Emerald Cave on a scenic kayaking tour that includes snacks and optional round-trip transportation from Las Vegas. Meet your guide at Willow Beach to get prepared for the day, get a quick lesson, and jump onboard your clear-bottom kayak. Start with a pickup from one of the resort hotels on the Las Vegas strip and travel towards Willow Beach, Arizona for your guided kayaking tour. Upon arrival at the canyon, receive a quick kayaking lesson from your guide and get ready for your adventure. Enjoy the underwater views through your glass-bottom kayak. Paddle towards Emerald Cave, with a break to stop and admire the fantastic views of the entire canyon. Keep a lookout for wildlife species such as the Desert Big Horn Sheep, blue heron, and bald eagles. Enter the Emerald Cave and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings. Take the opportunity to swim in the Colorado River, before heading back to the starting back for your return transfer back to Las Vegas.

From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Half-Day Kayak Tour

2. From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Half-Day Kayak Tour

Swap the lights of Las Vegas for one day on a nature day trip and guided kayaking adventure in nearby Arizona. Travel to beautiful Willow Beach, surrounded by steep canyon walls along the Colorado River, the site of your kayaking activity. A great escape into rugged nature for the day. Start with a hotel pickup from the Las Vegas Strip. After arriving at Willow Beach Marina, get fitted for your kayak and away you go with your guide. Paddle north on the crystal clear Colorado River while your guide points out wildlife and geological features in your surroundings. Arrive at the Emerald Cave about 2 miles in — explore the grotto-syle cave with pristine green-colored waters. Remember your waterproof camera, you’ll need it. Next, take a short hike to visit the historical site of the River Gauger's home that overlooks the river for a great photo opportunity and amazing views. Here your guide will share history about the River Gaugers. After a quick pit stop for some snacks and refreshments, head back to the river with cool, flowing water that stays at 12 degrees Celsius (53 degrees Fahrenheit) all year round. Soak up the picturesque natural attractions as you meander your way back to your launching point, before catching your ride back to Sin City.

Willow Beach: Emerald Cave and Lake Mead Kayaking Tour

3. 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. Choose to get picked up from your accommodations or make your way to Willow Beach to meet 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. 

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, Bald Eagles and Coyote. This tour includes visits to an historical overlook with awe-inspiring views of the legendary Colorado River, a visit to Emerald Cave and viewing the 100 year old river gauging station. Learn the history of the river and its many uses over the past 100 years from our knowledgable Guides as they lead this 4 mile out-and -back paddling tour. Enjoy a complimentary snacks and bottled water and enjoy the river as it unfolds before you.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Bus Tour with Guided Walk

5. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Bus Tour with Guided Walk

Admire the Grand Canyon on a guided day trip from Las Vegas. Find out where best photo spots are, see hidden Grand Canyon scenery, and look for wildlife and native plant species. Travel aboard a comfortable and climate-controlled bus.  Be picked up in Las Vegas pickup and sit back and relax as you travel towards the Grand Canyon. Your guide will share facts and stories along the route. At Grand Canyon West, ride the shuttle with your tour guide to the first lookout, Eagle Point.  Gaze out at an incredible view of the eagle-shaped rock formation. At Eagle Point, there is a Native American Indian Village, with dwellings formerly used by Native American tribes. Stop at Guano Point, which known from its appearance in many movies. Admire the views from this point, which are completely different than those from Eagle Point, but maybe even more impressive.  Follow the dirt trail along the edge of the canyon to see spectacular views from different angles. Have the option to pay for admission to the Skywalk during the tour. On the way back to Las Vegas, make a photo stop at Hoover Dam and enjoy a 30-minute stop for dinner after. Finally, head back to Las Vegas, where you will be dropped off in the late afternoon.

From Las Vegas: Guided Colorado River Kayak Tour

6. 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.

Las Vegas: Private Grand Canyon National Park Tour

7. Las Vegas: Private Grand Canyon National Park Tour

Take an exclusive group tour for 1-14 passengers to the Grand Canyon's South Rim, while traveling in the comfort on a luxury SUV or a Mercedes Sprinter van. Your trip will begin with a stop at the iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, where you will have some time to take photos. Then, right before you depart from Las Vegas, you will stop at a local coffee shop for a caffeine break to kick start your memorable journey. Your journey’s first destination will be just off of Route 66 at the historic Grand Canyon Caverns. Here you will get to take a 1 hour break to explore and relax. If you want to add even more adventure to your day, you can take an optional 40-minute caverns tour. This tour leads you deep underground to see the incredible natural caverns. After this stop, you will continue on to the South Rim. Your South Rim walking tour adventure will last for approximately 2 to 3 hours, and you will have the opportunity to see such sights as the Bright Angel Lodge, Kolb Studio, Lookout Studio, El Tovar, Hopi House, the Visitor’s Center, and much more. See all the breathtaking views while your tour guide gives you facts and history at each point. Walk along the paved walkway, which will provide you with the most amazing photo opportunities.  On your trip back to Las Vegas, enjoy a dinner stop at a local Arizona family diner. Then return to Las Vegas and be dropped off directly at your hotel.

From Las Vegas: Black Canyon Twilight Kayak Tour

8. From Las Vegas: Black Canyon Twilight Kayak Tour

Discover the peaceful solitude and grandeur of the Colorado River on this special twilight kayak expedition. Enjoy hassle-free shuttle service from your hotel (12 different pick-up spots on the strip) to your launch point, the serene Willow Beach. Paddle out in the early evening (while still daylight) to explore the incredible Black Canyon against the backdrop of sunset and the starry night sky. With the evening sun sinking lower into the sky, steer your kayak upriver and into the twisting channels of Black Canyon. You have plenty of light to take in the views of majestic cliffs, hardy desert foliage, and perhaps even bighorn sheep perched on the craggy rocks. At sunset, your guide will navigate you to shore to watch the sky streak with pink and orange. A crackling fire keeps you cozy, and you can grab a toasting stick for a delicious, crispy snack of roasted marshmallows (S'mores) and hot dogs. After enjoying the fire, you will kayak back downstream under the stars. The stars begin to sparkle, and quiet descends upon the river, a blissfully serene setting for your return journey.

From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Shuttle Pickup

9. From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Shuttle Pickup

We have 3 different pick up points conveniently located along the Las Vegas Strip (Mandalay Bay, Bellagio, Venetian) where you will be picked up shuttled to the banks of the might Colorado River. We will then paddle through primitive volcanic canyon walls towering over 900’ and through giant volcanic boulders at the opening of Black Canyon. Venture out of your kayaks on land where you will hike up a hill to learn some fascinating history about the area and get a spectacular view of the entire canyon. Back your kayak into the Cave to witness the remarkable emerald green water. Enjoy hanging out with friends and family while enjoying the wildlife drama unfold on both Nevada and Arizona shorelines. Be prepared to see desert bighorn sheep, osprey, falcons, bald eagles, and great blue heron in their natural setting!

Las Vegas: Colorado River Emerald Cove Half-Day Kayak Tour

10. Las Vegas: Colorado River Emerald Cove Half-Day Kayak Tour

Explore the beauty of the Colorado River on this guided kayaking tour run by a Veteran-owned and operated company. Enjoy roundtrip transportation from Las Vegas, admire the Emerald Cove and the Black Canyon, and enjoy a swimming stop in the emerald waters. Meet your driver and certified guide at the meeting point in Las Vegas, then set off toward the Colorado River in an air-conditioned car. Start the tour in the morning to avoid the afternoon desert heat and the crowds. Upon arrival at the launching point, get a short safety briefing and basic paddle instructions from your guide before heading out on the water. 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 canyon walls to emerald waters, and experience a great retreat from the bright lights of the Vegas Strip. Marvel at natural landmarks like the Emerald Cove and the Black Canyon, and stop along the way for a swim in the river. Take pictures, and learn about the history of Hoover Dam from your guide. Enjoy included refreshments of water, 2 soft drinks, granola bars, fruit, and chips before returning to the starting point in Las Vegas.

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4.9 / 5

based on 105 reviews

The pick up for this tour was located conveniently in central downtown, and my only small criticism for the day is that I was told 9-930 by the company and received a message from our fantastic guide Zack 20 mins before saying they were waiting for me. The transfer to and from Willow beach was enjoyable and included interesting stops en route so I'd recommend this too. We were given a brief on arrival by Zack and Jordan his land based comrade and released onto the water. The kayaking was good fun and we were well looked after all the way. We were given enough space and freedom to take pictures of the wonderful scenery and enjoy the experience. The stop for a short walk up the hill was very informative about the local ecology and we got more pictures with Zack taking time to photograph us. the emerald cave was awe inspiring, and the trip a little further up the river to see the workspace attached to the rock wall gave an insight into the history. A magical day. Thanks to all involved

I was staying at the Linq but the tour picked up at The Flamingo. The distance walking there wasn't horrible but exactly where the tour picked up wasn't terrible self-evident. We just got there a little early to give ourselves time to figure out it. They had snacks for us which was cool and the bus was pretty comfy. Didn't take too long to pick up the other guests from other other hotels. I though the breakfast wasn't too bad but not worth $15. We made another stop just for a restroom break and if I could do it again I'd have just bought snacks there in lieu of paying for their breakfast. Our tour guide Gia was VERY knowledgeable and kept us pretty engaged all the way to the canyon. The views were beautiful, there wasn't a terrible amount of walking or anything like other tours I've done which is good. It was also a good time of year because I think it may have been 40 degrees but with the sun it wasn't super cold and I got to avoid the 100+ degree heat of summer.

Our guide Jordan was great. Very understanding of everyone’s skill levels, and knowledgeable about the area. Its a little bit of a workout but that’s as expected. Also waited for us when running late. Thank you again

Was a wonderful experience... our guide Sam was great. Very friendly and gave us a lot of history of the area. We had a blast!!! Highly recommended doing when visiting Las Vegas

We had a really good time. Well organized and lots of fun!