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From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Half-Day Kayak Tour

Activity provider: River Dogz
Water activity

From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Half-Day Kayak Tour

Activity provider: River Dogz
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From US$ 147 per person

Likely to sell out

Experience the beauty of Emerald Cave on the Colorado River. This 4-mile guided kayak tour includes picturesque natural attractions, wildlife viewing, and a short hike to the historical site of the River Gauger’s Home.

About this activity

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
• Pickup starts: 1 hour and 30 minutes before departure • Pickup takes place from certain addresses in Las Vegas. The driver will pick you up at a designated area provided the day of your experience • The driver will be in a white passenger van with the local partner's logo on the door • The driver will wait for a maximum of 5 minutes after the scheduled pickup time


  • Benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off from select casinos on the Las Vegas Strip
  • Explore the unforgettable grotto-style Emerald Cave by kayak with your guide
  • Kayak along a scenic portion of the Colorado River
  • Hike the historical site of the Guager's residence
  • Learn about the history along the Colorado River from your experienced guide
Full description

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.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from the following hotels: Venetian, Bellagio or MGM Grand
  • Professional experienced guide
  • 4-mile kayak tour
  • Snacks and water
  • Performance kayak
  • All safety equipment
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years

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Important information

What to bring

  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  •  Emerald Cave is a grotto-style cave
  •  This tour is weather-dependent for safety reasons
  • You will be in the water for approximately 3.5 hours
  •  By booking a tour, you assume all risks of your participation in this Activity, whether known or unknown to you, including travel to and from the Activity or any events incidental to this Activity. You also agree to the release of images/video for River Dogz to use at their discretion
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 153 reviews

Review summary

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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!

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March 23, 2023

Preston was very friendly and knowledgeable of both the on River and off River experience. Only blemishes we’re I was Disappointed with this Apps details of pickup time (app 10:45-12:45, actual 8:40am) and location (app- REI, actual Bellagio) other than that the trip was a lot of fun and professionally done.

March 23, 2023

Our guide, Jessica, was amazing. Nice relaxing ride, was not rushed at all. She was very knowledgeable and provided a lot of information along the way. Great scenery and she also got a lot of pictures for us. Highly recommend taking this trip, they do provide water and healthy snack so that was also very nice. There is a shop there before you depart to purchase a waterproof phone case that is still functional when using your phone for a very reasonable price, $16. Can’t say enough about this experience, absolutely amazing!

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March 23, 2023

Product ID: 392765