Willow Beach

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Willow Beach: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Half-Day Kayak Tour

1. 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 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.

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From Las Vegas: Black Canyon Half-Day Kayak Tour

2. 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.

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From Las Vegas: Black Canyon Twilight Kayak Tour

3. From Las Vegas: Black Canyon Twilight Kayak Tour

Be picked up from the Las Vegas Strip by shuttle bus and travel to the river for your twilight kayaking tour. With your guide, launch the kayaks from Willow Beach with plenty of light left to enjoy the beautiful Black Canyon. After a two-mile paddle, watch the sunset from an overlook of the peaceful Colorado River. Continue paddling down the river to a quiet shore. Help set up the campfire and get toasting hotdogs and marshmallows. On the way back downstream, light up the kayaks so they glow in the dark as the stars start to shine. Enjoy the peaceful and quiet paddle back to Willow Beach.

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What people are saying about Willow Beach

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 244 reviews

Blazing Saddles was very organized and friendly. Transportation was included from Vegas, but we drove there to include sightseeing at Hoover Dam. The kayaking trip was great guided by Mike and Jared. Mike was the guide and was funny and thorough with attention to everyone’s experience on the River. Mike also included a few stops along the way to discuss the history, plant life and generally give us a break from rowing. GREAT TRIP!! The water is crystal clear and emerald color.

The company who organized our trip was River Dogz (with z at the end). A toue guide Zach was great. We felt safe and entertained.

OUTSTANDING!! Loved Nick!! We are coming back!! His patience, humor, knowledge was impressive!! LOVED EVERY MINUTE!!

Nick was an awesome guide. Very informative. Beautiful kayak trip on the Colorado River. Highly reccomend!

Loved the adventure. Excellent guides and fun group. Totally recommended.