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Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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Willow Beach: Emerald Cave and Lake Mead Kayaking Tour

1. 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. After meeting 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. 

Valley of Fire Guided Hiking Tour from Las Vegas

2. Valley of Fire Guided Hiking Tour from Las Vegas

Experience the adventurous side of Las Vegas and spend your day hiking at the Valley of Fire State Park. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel, taking you away from the Strip and into nature! As you approach the entrance to the park you’ll have views of the Lake Mead Recreation Area in the distance. Lake Mead is the largest manmade lake in the United States. Choose from easy, moderate, or difficult hike options. During the tour your guide will share historical information about the Valley of Fire and the geology of the area. Admire petroglyph-covered walls as you trek through the desert wilderness in Nevada’s oldest State Park. As the hike continues you’ll experience mild to extreme rock scrambles that will take you to some of the most beautiful peaks and plateaus in southern Nevada. There is no shortage of excitement here, as these trails have been created with the adventurous spirit in mind. At the end of the hike you’ll stop at the park’s visitor center before returning to Las Vegas. Available Hikes: Easy (4 hours): This option is great for families and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. An easy walk allows you to see some of the many ancient petroglyphs in the park as well as finding natural arches that are hidden throughout the park. Moderate (4-5 hours): You’ll hike at a friendly pace, although a good level of fitness is required. Explore the dramatic red rock formations while you scramble and climb landscapes of boulders, crevasses, brush, peaks, and plateaus. Difficult (5-6 hours): This is a more intense activity than the moderate and easy hikes, and is recommended for avid hikers. You’ll cover more challenging terrain for the most captivating views!

From Las Vegas: Colorado River Black Canyon Kayaking Tour

3. From Las Vegas: Colorado River Black Canyon Kayaking Tour

Experience an 8-kilometer guided kayaking tour in the spectacular Black Canyon on the Colorado River. Have the chance to observe golden eagles in their natural habitat and cruise into the shining Emerald Cove. Benefit from a shuttle service from Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Hotel and arrive in Willow Beach. Meet your guide and learn everything you'll need to know to be prepared for this amazing adventure. Paddle upstream through the steep, rocky walls of the canyon. Keep an eye out to spot desert wildlife like bighorn sheep, coyotes, bald eagles, and even golden eagles. Listen to interesting facts about the mighty Colorado River and the history of the Hoover Dam. Visit the Emerald Cove and find out why the water shines bright green, before making a stop to refuel with healthy snacks, fruit, and water.

From Las Vegas: Valley of Fire Small Group Tour

4. From Las Vegas: Valley of Fire Small Group Tour

Escape the city and get back to nature on a day trip to the Valley of Fire State Park. See the park's highlights, like 4,000-year-old rock carvings, Rainbow Vista viewpoint, and the Beehives and Elephant Rock formations. Keep your energy up and stay hydrated with snacks and bottled water.  Enjoy direct pickup from your hotel on the Las Vegas Strip (and most hotels nearby). Sit back and relax in a comfortable air-conditioned car or van (no busses!) on the way to Valley of Fire State Park. At your first stop, see large sandstone rock formations called 'Beehives' due to their shape. Next, travel nack in time 4,000 years, observing petroglyphs (rock carvings) made by ancient tribes at Atlatl Rock. Then, on to admire panoramic views of the multi-colored rock layers at Rainbow Vista. See the rarely occurring natural white domes that are 98% pure silica. Explore inside the Cabins, built in 1935 by the CCC to commemorate the park's opening. Capture pictures of the wind and rain-carved Elephant Rock formation. Relax on the drive back to Las Vegas for direct hotel drop off.

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What people are saying about Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 121 reviews

I had a day on my own and wanted to hike but didn't want to rent a car and wasn't confident about hiking in the desert by myself. I'm really glad I went with the guided tour. Nick was an amazing guide. I'd booked the easy hike, but the day I signed up for no one else signed up for that hike, so they asked if I wanted to do the intermediate hike. It was challenging, but doable. Nick set a steady, deliberate (not too fast) pace and made sure we got breaks in the shade. Water, gatorade, and snacks are supplied. Spare backpacks were available for those who needed to borrow them. Take plenty of water for the trip--you will need it! I got picked up and dropped off at my hotel. Overall, everything went very smoothly. The hike was beautiful and our guide, Nick, knew so may details about the history and the terrain. He patiently answered our group's many questions. I would recommend this guided hike to anyone who is curious about spending some time in this beautiful area.

This tour was amazing! Our guide Chris took care of us to the fullest. He was there explaining how to kayak since it was our first time. He also explained about the environment around us and answered any questions. We never felt rushed and he unlike many guides stayed with the people in the back of the group to ensure we were all doing alright. My kayak filled with water towards the end and his quick thinking saved me. He was able to empty it out and we began on the journey back. I definitely recommend booking with him if you are new to kayaking or even want to enjoy the tour without the pressure of being rushed!

My family and I absolutely loved this activity. The scenery was amazing. Kayaking was very relaxing. Robert, our guide, was friendly, easy to talk to, respectful at all times, and always watching over the group making sure we were safe. Such an easy going guy. I will recommend to family and friends.

Sam was a great tour guide. Very social and informative of Vegas activities too.

Sam was awesome, definitely recommend him and the company for future trips ❤️❤️