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Black Canyon Kayak at Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas

Boulder City, United States

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Leave the neon lights of Sin City behind during this relaxing full-day guided kayak excursion on the Black Canyon section of the Colorado River. This paddling trip, which navigates several miles of placid water close to Hoover Dam, is great for kayakers of all experience levels. During your trip, stop to explore idyllic riverside beaches, caves, canyons, and hot springs. Your kayak guide also points out local wildlife, hidden inlets, hiking spots, and historical sites along the way. The trip also includes all necessary kayaking equipment, river permits, and safety lesson, lunch, bottled water, snacks, dry bag for personal items and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Get great views of Hoover Dam, the engineering marvel that lights up Las Vegas and much of the West
  • Stop to explore canyons, caves, hot springs, and beaches along the Colorado River
  • Paddle under a historic gauging station, built to measure the river's water flow
  • All kayak gear included with expert instruction, a great trip for beginning or experienced kayakers
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All necessary equipment (life vest, helmet, kayak)
Permit (non-refundable once booked)
Professional guide
Safety and paddling instruction
Lunch, bottled water and snacks
Dry bag for personal belongings
In-park transportation
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

1647 Boulder City Pkwy suite a, Boulder City, NV 89005, USA

Departure Time

6:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Start the day with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Las Vegas, continuing to the kayak center where you meet your guide and get your necessary gear for the trip. Once you’re ready to go, jump in your transport and head to the base of Hoover Dam, walking 1,100 feet (335 meters) down to the kayak launching point. You also clear a security checkpoint where you are asked to show a government-issued photo ID.

Receive a short safety lesson and paddling tips from your guide before setting off. The trip paddles through mostly calm water, though it can occasionally be bumpy depending on the weather. Rest assured that your boat is designed for maximum stability, includes safety gear and has rudders to assist with turning.

Soon after you set out, arrive at a great photo location with fantastic sightlines back to the Hoover Dam. Snap a few shots and then follow your guide towards the next landmark at Sauna Cave, where you can take two optional short hikes. The easy trails here trace their way through a slot canyon, leading to hot springs for swimming and relaxing. For those that skip the hike, take a break on the riverbank amidst the beautiful scenery until the group returns.

Take a break for a picnic lunch situated on a secluded beach. Once you’ve fueled up, continue paddling to your next sightseeing stop at Emerald Cave, along with a historic tramway and a station once used to measure the river’s flow rate. A nearby trailhead offers more hiking depending on your group’s progress.

Finish your trip at Willow Beach, where you rendezvous with a van that transports you back to Las Vegas. Bathrooms and refreshments are available at the beach’s marina. Bid farewell to your group and guide as you head back to your hotel, arriving in the early evening.

Please note: you must provide your exact name as it appears on your government-issued ID (passport or driver’s license) at the time of booking. The local operator will use this information to obtain the required permits. The tour cannot be confirmed without this detail.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Important: In order for the local operator to obtain the necessary permits for this tour ALL traveler names must be provided as they appear on a government issued ID such as a driver's license or passport. Your tour will not be confirmed unless all names are provided.
  • Please note once reservation is confirmed the local operator is required to purchase a launch permit (USD $27). This is non-refundable.
  • All travelers MUST bring a government issued ID on the day of the tour
  • A hearty boxed lunch is included. Our sandwich options are: Ham, Turkey, BLT, PB&J, or Chef Salad
  • WE OFFER A DIFFERENT REFUND POLICY THAN VIATOR/TRIPADVISOR. PLEASE READ! Permits are non-refundable or transferrable. Cancellations made 14 days in advance will receive a full refund less 6% processing fee. Cancellations made within 7-13 will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations made within 3-6 will receive a 25% refund. There are no refunds within 48 of departure. We reserve the right to cancel or change routes due to weather, road closures, or unsafe conditions. If we do, we will reschedule, issue a credit or refund payments depending on individual circumstances. Any changes in date or time may incur a rescheduling fee.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Desert Adventures

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Black Canyon Kayak at Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Black Canyon Kayak at Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Black Canyon Kayak at Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Black Canyon Kayak at Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during Black Canyon Kayak at Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas?
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "If you like water , do this trip, there is nothing hard or even remotely dangerous about the trip - just a lot of fun and 'little moments' we thoroughly enjoyed it!" See review
  • "I would definitely recommend this tour if you’re looking for a relaxing peaceful and beautiful outdoor experience." See review


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Beautiful and adventurous
, Jun 2021
Launching from the Hoover Dam was terrific! The short hikes we took along the way were outstanding. Just enough kayaking and hiking to make a great tour. Our tour guide George was fantastic. Very knowledgeable about the area and the Hoover Dam. Good equipment and good lunch provided. This was the highlight of our vacation.
Amazing day
, Apr 2021
What an amazing experience! This is a first class operation from beginning to end. From the time you are picked up in the morning until the time you get dropped off at night, the entire team makes you feel right at home. Our guide, Gianni, was phenomenal. Next time we are out in Vegas we will be looking him up for another adventure. He went above and beyond all day long. His knowledge of the area is unparalleled. He takes on little hikes throughout the trip. Some of these were so cool, and you’d never see them if you didn’t have him there to show you. I could go on and on, but it was truly a great day and more than worth every penny. If you’re looking to try something a little different while in Vegas, give this a look!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Hi Todd, Thanks for the kind review. We love to show our guests the hidden treasures and look forward to taking you on another amazing adventure. Gianni is one of our faves as well. See you soon!
Just amazing
, Apr 2021
Very enjoyable trip ! Amazing scenery the views are breathtaking! The hot springs were among my favorite! The lunch was very good ! I am so happy I booked this trip and I would do it again !!!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Hi Elizabeth, We are happy to hear that your trip was amazing! It is definitely a special place on the river to get to experience all of the hot springs. We love the lunches too and they come from a local diner. We hope to see you again the next time you are out here!!
Wonderful kayaking experience
, Apr 2021
It was great. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and was able to guide us through winds. We are so glad we had a tour guide for this experience. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Hi Josephine, You are very welcome! We are glad you enjoyed your day and you are a superstar paddling getting through the wind!
Serenity and Beauty
, Apr 2021
Antonio was an excellent guide. He was very knowledgeable of the Black Canyon and the Colorado river; and he made it a very pleasant and safe experience. He was very patient and great company. I would definitely recommend this tour if you’re looking for a relaxing peaceful and beautiful outdoor experience.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Hi Doris, We are happy to hear that you had an amazing time. Antonio is ones of our favorites too. We hope to see you on another adventure soon!
Highlight of the vacation
, Oct 2020
Trip was well planned with nothing left to chance. Our guides were skilled and very knowledgeable about both the kayak experience and general information about the river and history. The lunch was very good. Drop off and pick up was on time. Lots of fun and would recommend to a friend.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Hi Kate, Great to hear. We love sharing our knowledge with great guests like you! We hope to adventure with you again soon.
Outdoor Adventure
, Aug 2020
This is one of thee best kayaking experiences I had being a beginner. Mahan is a excellent tourist. He was fun, knowledgeable, and showed us various site and shared many stories during our journey. I would recommend anyone to tour this if you love 💘 nature.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Tamika, We are so glad to hear you had a great time. We think Mahan is pretty awesome too! We hope you join us again in the future!
Must do experience
, Aug 2020
Staff and trip was amazing! All the staff was very helpful from the checking in, all the way to actually doing the kayaking on the river. They treated us like family!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your trip! We look forward to paddling with you again in the future!
Awesome experience
, Oct 2019
For the outdoor adventurer this is a must destination event. Spend the extra for the guided tour. The views are spectacular. 10 stars if I could.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
We are happy to hear you had a great time with us! See you again soon!
Amazing Kayak Trip
, Jul 2019
Bob picked us up, was extremely nice and professional, we got a little history of the area as they took us to pick up the kayaks, Tom was our river guide and he was organized, professional and was very cool, We kayaked approx 12 miles but with frequent breaks it was not hard, Tom took time to show us some of the most amazing terrain you could imagine, got to enjoy some hot springs and the most beautiful emerald water, this trip was all around wonderful!!! Thank you Black Canyon Kayak
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thank you so much for your review! We are glad to hear about your amazing day and hope to see you back again soon.

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