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Willow Beach, Arizona

Willow Beach, Arizona: Our most recommended tours and activities

Willow Beach: Black Canyon Kayak Half Day Tour-No Shuttle

1. Willow Beach: Black Canyon Kayak Half Day Tour-No Shuttle

Explore Black Canyon on a guided day tour. Kayak along the Colorado River, spotting wildlife 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, AZ via your personal/rental vehicle 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 on your fully guided tour. Scour the banks to spot a variety of wildlife, including native Desert Big Horn Sheep, Bald Eagles, and Coyote. This tour includes visits to a historical overlook with awe-inspiring views of the legendary Colorado River, a visit to Emerald Cave, and a viewing of the 100-year-old river gauging station. Learn the history of the river and its many uses over the past 100 years from our knowledgeable Guides as they lead this 4-mile out-and-back paddling tour. Enjoy complimentary snacks and bottled water and enjoy the river as it unfolds before you. You will paddle back to your starting point at Willow Beach to complete the tour.

Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Clear-Kayak Tour

2. 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.

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: Emerald Cave Half-Day Kayak Tour

4. 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.

From Las Vegas: Black Canyon Half-Day Kayak Tour

5. 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.

From Las Vegas: Black Canyon Twilight Kayak Tour

6. 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: Neon Clear Kayak Night Party with Pickup

7. From Las Vegas: Neon Clear Kayak Night Party with Pickup

Join a one-of-a-kind river tour at Willow Beach in clear kayaks with neon lights. Enjoy the wilderness and take in the sunset views before admiring the stars and the night sky. The lights of your neon kayak will help to further illuminate your surroundings on this unique tour. Explore Willow Beach on this river tour with roundtrip transportation from Las Vegas. Following hotel pickup, head to the river for a quick safety lesson before you board your unique crystal clear kayak. The neon lights of your kayak will provide an extra special touch to this outdoor experience. See the sunset and hang out under the stars as you listen to music provided by your guide. Enjoy the starry night sky away from the lights of the city as well as snacks and ice-cold water provided.

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

8. 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.

Las Vegas: Willow Beach Kayaking Tour with Optional Pickup

9. Las Vegas: Willow Beach Kayaking Tour with Optional Pickup

Take a kayaking tour through Willow Beach with a local guide. Choose an optional transfer from Los Angeles and go on a journey through the spectacular natural scenery along the Colorado River. See highlights such as Gauger’s Homesite and the famous Emerald Cave. Start with pickup from the Las Vegas strip, or meet directly at Willow Beach. Get comfortable in your kayak and set off with your guide to explore highlights and hidden spots, stopping first at the Willow Beach Fish Hatchery. Then, head to Gauger’s Homesite, a historic landmark and unique viewpoint. Continue to the impressive Emerald Cave, which you'll be able to enter in your kayak. Take in its vibrantly colored waters and keep an eye out for the area's native wildlife such as bighorn sheep and falcons. Finally, paddle back to Willow Beach, where you can take a break to swim and relax, before being transferred back to Los Angeles if you choose.

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What people are saying about Willow Beach, Arizona

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 655 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

This tour was the highlight of my 8-day trip! Ian was both the shuttle driver and tour guide. The love he has of his job; the customers; and the environment really shine through. He was cool enough to lend me his gloves when I thought the Dec weather would kill my hands. Luckily I didn’t need them. On the way to the river, Ian stopped at a park so we could see Big Horn sheep, just in case we didn’t see any while kayaking. He ensured all kayakers felt comfortable and safe, and made it a point to get to know each kayaker during the 4 mi round trip kayaking loop. He gave an informative briefing on the “beach” minerals and vegetation, and was cool enough to provide a variety of snacks. When someone, trying to beach their kayak accidentally fell into the water, Ian took the time to try to help them find their glasses, and gave them his own jacket to keep warm. Overall a BEAUTIFUL day out!

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!