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From Las Vegas: Black Canyon Half-Day Kayak Tour

From Las Vegas: Black Canyon Half-Day Kayak Tour

From US$ 139 per person

Experience the scenic splendor of the Black Canyon on a 4-mile kayak adventure. Spot abundant wildlife, visit the Emerald Cave and learn about the history from an expert guide.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pick-up is available from select Las Vegas Strip Hotels ( Golden Nugget, Stratosphere, SLS, Circus Circus, Encore, Treasure Island, Caesars Palace, Bellagio, Aria, Flamingo, Paris, Excalibur, Mandalay Bay) or alternatively you can meet at the local operators office, free parking, located approximately 20-minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.
Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Explore the stunning Black Canyon by kayak
  • Look for native wildlife, such as Desert Big Horn Sheep
  • Kayak into the narrow channels of the Emerald Cave
Full description
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 and Bald Eagles. Continue for approximately 1 mile, and then stop at an historical overlook for awe-inspiring views of the legendary Colorado River. Listen to an explanation about the immense history of what the river has been used for over the past 100 years. Enjoy a complimentary snack before setting off for the stunning rock formation of Emerald Cave on your way back to the starting point.
  • Shuttle service to and from approved hotels on the Las Vegas Strip
  • Snacks and water during the trip
  • Guide
  • Permits to access the Black Canyon
  • Gratuity for the guides and staff
  • Waterproof dry bags, water shoes, hats, etc. are not given or included. Some last minute needs may be available for purchase at the office location before tour
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
  • People with back problems
  • People with heart problems

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Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Inside the Hoover Dam Lodge Hotel and Casino, 18000 US-93, Boulder City, NV 89005. This is 40 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Sportswear
  • Waterproof bag

Not allowed

  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • You must be 12 years old or above to take part. Minors must be accompanied by a parent
  • Pick-up will take place 1.5 to 2 hours before the tour start time. (Total duration with half day tour is 6 hours, round-trip with pick-up and drop-off from Las Vegas Strip)
  • The less you bring is better as there are no lockers provided. It is recommended you protect any electronics from water. Drybags, waterproof phone cases, and other last-minute needs may be available for purchase at the office
  • This tour requires some physical activity and is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • The shuttle service is only available at select designated hotels
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 182 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Value for money
  • Safety

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Blazing Saddles was very organized and friendly. Transportation was included from Vegas, but we drove there to include sightseeing at Hoover Dam. The kayaking trip was great guided by Mike and Jared. Mike was the guide and was funny and thorough with attention to everyone’s experience on the River. Mike also included a few stops along the way to discuss the history, plant life and generally give us a break from rowing. GREAT TRIP!! The water is crystal clear and emerald color.

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October 16, 2021

Our first Kayak experience was educational and fun! For our 1st time (tandem kayak)the 3 hr. tour on the water was a great introduction on the Colorado river. Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided lots of information as we traveled to and from Willow Beach. We were picked up at a hotel in Las Vegas and it took about 30 minutes to arrive. Instructions were given for getting in/out of the kayak, paddling, and putting on/off your life jacket, plus other little tidbits on the kayak itself. Emerald Cave was much smaller than I expected (from the website pics) and to see the colors the westerly sun needs to hit the inside of the cave for all the colors. Overall I'm happy we had the adventure!

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September 23, 2021

Super fun and relaxing! Our guide was excellent… easy conversation in transport and on the river. Plus, he had fun facts and knowledge that kept the tour interesting. We got lucky and had a great group of mixed ages with us, all skill levels and loved a good water gun fight! The heat was not a deterrent one bit! Thanks, Seth, we had a great time on the Colorado. Hope we see you on a California ski slope one day!

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June 6, 2021

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