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Black Canyon Kayak at Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas

Boulder City, United States
Black Canyon Kayak at Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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 $31.80). 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! Cancellations made 14 days in advance will receive a full refund less a 20% cancellation fee. Cancellations made within 3-13 will receive a 50% refund. There are no refunds for any reason within 48 of departure. This includes personal illness, injury, and COVID. 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. We do not cancel for heat, rain, or normal wind conditions. It is recommended to purchase travel insurance.
  • 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
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • 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?
A: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?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Black Canyon Kayak at Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas.
What is the social distancing policy during Black Canyon Kayak at Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas?
A: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?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "I would definitely recommend this tour if you’re looking for a relaxing peaceful and beautiful outdoor experience." See review
  • "Just enough kayaking and hiking to make a great tour." See review


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Great time kayaking on the Colorado
, Dec 2021
We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel. This made it convenient as we didn't have to deal with driving in the traffic congestion. We launched at the base of Hoover dam, we were the only ones on this tour so it made it even more personable. Gabe our guide was very knowledgeable in local fauna, geology, and history. We made 4 stops one was st a mine with a hot spring the interior was really neat with the mineral deposits. The second and 3rd stops were at hots springs with short easy walks at each of our stops. We didn't bath in the hot springs as the air temp was mid 40s. We were the only ones on the river for the first 9 miles till we almost reach our final destination. We highly recommend doing the tour with Dessert Adventureas they were very responsive to our needs, thanks Gabe for a great time.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Warren, we're so glad you had a great time exploring our hidden gems with Gabe! We hope you can join us again soon!
, Sep 2021
Sara , our tour guide, was top notch!! From the passion for her job to the unbelievable knowledge she has about the outdoors, this trip truly could not have been better. Beautiful landscapes, beautiful weather, peaceful 12hour voyage…. Amazing!!!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Jenna, We're so glad you had an amazing time! We hope you can join us in the future for another adventure!
Best trip ever
, Sep 2021
Lunch Time haha I just can say that it is a unique experience You will find many places to explore during the trip and many memorable moments that you will remember for a long time.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We're glad you had a great time! We hope you come back for another adventure!
The best
, Sep 2021
Gianni and Kristen were awesome! They really care about their jobs and if you are having a good time. We had a wonderful time. Book it you won’t regret! Number one best thing out of our trip to Vegas together.(husband and I)
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We love Gianni and Kristen too! We're glad you had a great time and hope you come back!
Kayaking and Hiking Adventure not to be missed!!!!
, Aug 2021
This was such a fantastic adventure! Hiking Boy Scout Canyon was our favorite part of the trip. Sauna Cave and Rainwater Cave were also amazing! I would recommend this to anyone looking for an adventure traveling to the Vegas area!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Melissa, We're so glad you had a great time. We hope you can join us again the next time you are in the area!
Great day
, Aug 2021
The guides, Sara and Luke are real people. Sara gets so excited just seeing little parts of nature. Luke loves the outdoors and knows his job. We never kayaked before but we felt very safe. It’s better than the dirty Vegas Strip. They picked us up right from our hotel lobby and dropped us all safe and sound. This was the best experience we have had in a long time.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Timothy, We're so glad you could join us on an adventure! We hope you come back again soon!
It was fantastic! Sarah our guide made it a great day!
, Aug 2021
Scenery and beautiful calm clear water. Very little wind and at times the current gave us a push. Sarah’s knowledge of the lake and boating skills helped us “ first time kayakers “. We loved the experience and plan to do it again.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Kimberly, We're so glad you had a wonderful trip. We hope you join us for your next adventure!
Great experience for a family
, Aug 2021
This was a fantastic excursion for our family. Our guide, Anthony, was so knowledgable and helpful! He took us to some beautiful areas along the river. The lunch provided was great and kept our energy up! At the end of 12 miles we were tired but extremely satisfied with what we accomplished!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Bobbie, We're so happy you enjoyed the trip. We hope you can join us again in the future!
Best kayak trip ever!
, Jul 2021
Awesome group to book with. Picked us up and returned at our hotel. Very knowledgeable and fun guides. Gianni is the best!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi Bill, Good to hear that you had a good time. Please come visit us again for an another adventure!
Definitely recommend this trip!
, Jul 2021
We had a fantastic time on our tour. Our tour guide, Gianni, was very knowledgable and brought us to all the sites we wanted to see. He was friendly, personable, and prepared. They will teach you and guide you on everything before you set off. This tour is completely worth it. You get views that you wouldn't see any other way. The river is stunning and the hot springs are so cool! We definitely would recommend booking this experience.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi Haley, We are so glad that you enjoyed your river time with Gianni. Maybe you will come see again sometime...we hope so!

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