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Black Canyon Kayak at Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas

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Boulder City, United States

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

Overview

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
Gratuities

Departure Point

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

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup is available from most hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Pick up from your Hotel is generally between 5:30 and 6:00am. We will call you the day before to give you a more exact pick up time.

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 34). This is non-refundable.
  • All travelers MUST bring a government issued ID on the day of the tour
  • WE DO HAVE A REFUND POLICY THAT IS DIFFERENT THAN THE OPTION TRIP ADVISOR GIVES YOU!
  • LAUNCH PERMITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERRABLE.
  • ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR CANCELLATIONS WITHIN 48 HOURS OF TRIP.
  • Cancellations made at least 14 days in advance will receive a full refund, minus a 6% processing fee.
  • Cancellations made within 7-13 days will receive a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations made within 3-6 days will receive a 25% refund.
  • Any changes in date, time, or name will require the purchase of new permits at full price, and may incur a rescheduling fee.
  • Routes and trips are proposed and may change.
  • We reserve the right to change routes, cancel, or reschedule trips due to weather, wind, or unsafe conditions. Desert Adventures does not cancel trips due to rain.
  • If the trips departs as scheduled, the above cancellation policy will apply.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A hearty boxed lunch is included. Our sandwich options are: Ham, Turkey, BLT, PB&J, Veggie Wrap, Chicken Caesar Wrap or Chef Salad
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Black Canyon Kayak at Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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  • "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

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Highlight of the vacation
Kate_H
, 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.
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Outdoor Adventure
Tamika
, 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!
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Must do experience
Roy_P
, 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!
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Awesome experience
UH60pil0t
, 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!
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Amazing Kayak Trip
Gbluzy335
, 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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Perfect!
Kimma1
, Jun 2019
We could not have had a better time kayaking the Black Canyon. Great outfitters and guide! We will never forget it! Had so much fun!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
We love to hear how much fun our guests have had on the river! Thank you for coming out with us and playing in the Black Canyon!
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Awesome
Erica P
, Sep 2018
Beautiful trip! Awesome guide! Would do it again in a heartbeat! Looking forward to the multi day trip
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Amazing Kayak Adventure
Laurie H
, Aug 2018
Antonio made our kayak trip down the Black Canyon a memorable experience for us. He was knowledgeable, courteous, answered all of our questions and really took care of us during our journey! I would highly recommend this trip to see Black Canyon and have a chance to paddle the Colorado! Loved the hot springs hikes, saw big horn sheep up close, and had a fabulous lunch on the beach! And of course, got to experience Emerald Cave! An amazing day of adventure! Also loved the hotel pick up/drop off part of this trip and thanks to Neil for taking care of us for that part!
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Fun Day - Great Guides!
teresahoffman16
, Aug 2018
Robbie and Antonio, our guides, were awesome! They were patient with first-timers and engaging and knew so much about the history of the area, which made it special. The scenery was beautiful! Lunch was great, plenty of water and snacks all day, too. It was definitely a workout, but I would definitely recommend this trip - perfect getaway from the Vegas Strip.
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Kayaking the Colorado River
Lynn W
, Jul 2018
Very enjoyable and informative... Loved the lunch! Fun seeing the various animals and natural attractions along the way like the big horn sheep, various plants, old mining places, and hot springs.
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