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Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas
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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Kayak down the Colorado River on this half-day tour from Las Vegas. Spend ample time on the water taking in the amazing sights of the Black Canyon of the area and maybe even spot wildlife like bighorn sheep, coyotes, or bald eagles as you paddle along. Visit beautiful beaches, a cave, and enjoy snacks and bottled water included on your tour.
  • Half-day kayaking tour on the Colorado River from Las Vegas
  • All necessary equipment, snacks, and bottled water included
  • Las Vegas pickup and drop-off from select hotels included
  • This tour isn’t recommended for people with back problems or serious medical conditions
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Kayak Tour
All necessary kayak equipment
Hotel pickup and drop-off from select Las Vegas Strip hotels
Air Conditioned Vehicle
Professional guide
National Park fees
Bottled water
Snacks
Gratuities
$25 National Park entrance fee (only if meeting at Willow Beach Marina)
Personal gear (dry bags, water shoes, etc.) May be available for purchase before tour at office.
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Blazin' Paddles , 18000 US-93, Boulder City, NV 89005, USA

The operator is located inside the Hoover Dam Lodge. If you wish to bypass the shuttle and meet directly at the river you can do so, but the national park will require a fee of $25 per vehicle if you don't have a national park pass. Please enquire if you would like this option

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This activity will end right where it started.The complimentary shuttle picks up at select hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Please ensure you are on time to your given location out of respect to other guests on tour. Failure to be on time could result in a loss of the tour without refund. These specified hotels have quick and easy access for the shuttle to get through the busy strip, so you can spend less time in traffic and more time on the river! Travelers may also meet at the office located inside The Hoover Dam Lodge Casino. There is free parking and is last to be picked up and first to be dropped off from the shuttle. Travelers may meet at launch destination (25804 Willow Beach Rd, Willow Beach, AZ 86445) *National Park vehicle entrance fee is $25 (payable direct to the National Park Service)
Get picked up from your Las Vegas hotel or, if you prefer, you can also meet at the local operator’s office, which is a short drive from the Strip.

Once your guide has assigned everyone in your group a kayak, start your journey by paddling upstream into Black Canyon. Enjoy beautiful sights as you travel through and stop for a snack. Make your way to Emerald Cave where you can take a dip in the emerald-green-colored water before going back to Willow Beach. Call it a day and get shuttled back to your hotel.

Please note: 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 ensure all names are spelled correctly, names cannot be changed once reservation is submitted.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Swimsuits, layers, and closed toe water shoes are strongly advised.
  • No lockers provided. Recommended to protect any electronics from water. Dry bags, waterproof phone cases, and other last minute needs are available for purchase at our office location.
  • Requires some athletic ability but good for all skill levels.
  • SELECT hotel pick-ups are offered for this tour. The local operator will help organize the closest pick up if your hotel is not on the list.
  • Near public transportation
  • Pick up time starts two hours before tour time.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Blazin Paddles LLC
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.
Q:
How can I arrange hotel pickup for the Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas?
A:Pickup is available from many Las Vegas Strip hotels. When booking your tour, please select your hotel from the list. Be sure to call the phone number on your ticket at least 24 hours prior to departure to confirm the exact pickup details.
Aug 2021
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What if my hotel is not listed for pickup?
A:Hotel pickup is only available from the hotels listed in the "Tour Details" section at checkout. Please select the closest hotel to your location. Once confirmed, call the phone number on your ticket to confirm your pickup details.
Aug 2021
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How far from Las Vegas is the departure point for the Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas?
A:It generally takes a little over an hour to get from Las Vegas to Willow Beach. Please be sure to confirm your pickup details by calling the local operator at least 24 hours prior to departure.
Aug 2021
Q:
How much is the National Park Entrance fee?
A:Entrance into the park is $25 per vehicle, however, this is included in the tour package price.
Aug 2021
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Can I participate in the Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas if I've never kayaked before?
A:Whether this is your first time in a kayak or you are a seasoned veteran; all skill levels are invited to enjoy the Black Canyon! The crystal clear water of the Colorado River is quite tame in this area since you will be paddling between two dams.
Aug 2021
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What kind of distance do we kayak during the Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas?
A:This tour is approximately 4 miles round-trip on smooth, mostly flat water.
Aug 2021
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What should I wear for the Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas?
A:Wear closed-toe water shoes or sneakers that can get wet. Dress according to the weather, ideally in athletic / outdoor-type clothing that dries fast. Wear your swimsuit under your clothes. Also, bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Aug 2021
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What should I bring with me on the Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas?
A:You will need a government-issued picture ID. You might want to bring cash to spend at the Marina store or for gratuities. Please leave bulky items at home, in your hotel, or car as there is no storage area. Bring a towel if you plan to swim.
Aug 2021
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Will I be in a single or a tandem kayak during the Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas?
A:You may choose between a single or tandem kayak (based on availability). If you have a preference, please list it in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout; otherwise, you can make your request on the day of departure.
Aug 2021
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Why would I want to select a tandem (double) kayak for the Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas?
A:If you have never been kayaking, weigh less than 120lbs, or it’s been a while since you’ve hit the gym; you may want to use a double kayak. Not only are double kayaks easier to paddle, but they are also less likely to flip.
Aug 2021
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Can I participate in the Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas if I don't know how to swim?
A:If you are willing to face your fears of the water, you are welcome to join the tour. It is the law enforced by the National Park Rangers to be wearing your life jacket when on the water at all times, so it is not required that you know how to swim.
Aug 2021
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Will I get wet during the Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas?
A:The answer to this one is easy, YES! Best-case scenario you will be getting at least knee-deep in the water! Please dress accordingly in bathing suits and non-cotton t-shirts. Fast-drying athletic clothing is always best.
Aug 2021
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Do we visit Emerald Cave during the Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas?
A:Absolutely - Emerald Cave is a very beautiful part of the tour. The cave itself is relatively small and is popular due to the water lighting up in beautiful emerald green colors. Note: lighting is subject to good (sunny) conditions and time of day.
Aug 2021
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Can I bring my young child with me on the Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas?
A:Kids 14 and up, who are athletic, have been very successful on their own in a single kayak on the half-day tour unless the wind comes up. Children under 14 should be in a double kayak with a parent.
Aug 2021
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Will I see wildlife during the Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas?
A:There is always a possibility of seeing some of the desert wildlife during your tour. All guides are habitually on the lookout to spot bighorn sheep, coyotes, eagles, and much more for you!
Aug 2021
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Will I be able to swim during the Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas?
A:Absolutely! There will be at least one stop at a beautiful beach where you can enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River!
Aug 2021
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How stable are the kayaks used during the Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas?
A:You will be in a top-of-the-line 15 -17 foot touring kayak that glides smoothly on the water. Flipping, although rare, does happen from time to time. All of our guides are trained to get you back into your boats safely and in a timely fashion.
Aug 2021
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Can I bring my own snacks/drinks with me on the Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas?
A:Snacks and bottled water are provided, however, you may bring your own if you'd prefer. Note: alcohol is not permitted at any time before or during the tour.
Aug 2021
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Should I bring my camera with me on the Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas?
A:Absolutely! You will have breathtaking scenic views all day. There are storage compartments on your kayak. However, they only work when you fit the cap on correctly. To protect your camera, please bring a dry bag or waterproof phone case.
Aug 2021
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Is there a weight or height limit to participate in the Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas?
A:There is no set weight limit because fitting in a kayak has more to do with your body shape than your weight. The porthole seats in the kayaks are about 18in width (hip to hip).
Aug 2021
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Can I bring my dog with me on the Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas?
A:Pets are not allowed on kayak tours for safety reasons.
Aug 2021
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What time can I expect to be back in Las Vegas after the Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas?
A:Typically, you are returned to the Strip approximately 4.5 - 6 hours after your chosen departure time. Please note, that return time is dependent on how many drop-offs there are as well as traffic and other variables.
Aug 2021
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What if the weather is bad the day of my Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas?
A:Tours run rain or shine. However, in rare cases of weather that is deemed unsafe, the tour may be canceled. If this happens, you may reschedule or receive a full refund.
Aug 2021
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas.

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  • "Bring sunscreen and be prepared to get wet as some areas when you get out the water is above the knees." See review
  • "Beautiful trip and great guides - very easy unless you have a shoulder injury." See review

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star-5
Great trip!
Jason_B
, Jun 2022
Seth was a gret guide. We loved padling the river!!!! We will definately do it again the next time we come back to Las Vegas.
star-5
Chillin’ On the Colorado River!
VanessaNina_H
, Jun 2022
What a fantastic day! Forget the the Strip… this is where you go to relax.. and if you are too hot in the 103 degree sun.. just take a chilling dip in the Colorado River while you are kayaking! And make sure Seth is guiding your half day tour! What a great sense of humor he has! He is explicit.. he looks after each of his participants like they are the only one’s on the water.. and what a fun “foodie”! He will recommend where you need to dine during your time in Vegas.. and this is all while we are on the river! Since I live here now, I will always bring friends to go on this Viator, as I did this time! I may even do a solo tour, it was so fun. And it’s a great upper body workout— what a blast! Thank you, Seth!
star-5
Knowledgeable and...
Christine_D
, Jun 2022
Knowledgeable and personable guide, incredible views, great kayaks and water fun...I would repeat again and again...
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
So glad you had an amazing time and we look forward to seeing you again and again!
star-4
Beautiful day, didn't...
William_D
, Jun 2022
Beautiful day, didn't realize that the water temperature only gets to 55 degrees, it felt great on a 116 degree day. Enjoyed the day with my kids Great memories for life
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
The cool, clear water of the Colorado river is perfect for hot days. We encourage swimming, wading and general fun during our tours. We love helping you build these memories with the kids. Thanks for review!
star-5
Great experience
Lazeema_H
, Jun 2022
The whole experience was great. This was my first time kayaking and I can’t swim, as such I was nervous going in but Greg and Melissa were amazing. They put me at ease right away and very patient. They were also knowledgeable and very fun to do the tour with.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Great to know that you had fun on the tour! Greg & Melissa are amazing at putting our guests at ease so they can enjoy the day! We love knowing you had a good tour and enjoyed the day. Thanks for the great review!
star-5
Chad and Jamaica were...
Blake_E
, Jun 2022
Chad and Jamaica were absolutely amazing. They made the whole trip funny and laid back and really cared about there job and getting to know everyone. The water was absolutely gorgeous and my fiancé and I had a wonderful time. I will be recommending it to family and friends
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Wow! What a wonderful review! Our guides really do care about their guests and judging your review~it shows! This trip is a great way to take a break from the activity on the strip and enjoy a peaceful day on the river. Thanks so much for recommending to your friends!
star-5
Great time had by all!
Tracey_D
, Jun 2022
Our guides Seth and Melissa were awesome and knowledgeable. They made the trip perfect. It was just enough kayaking for the hot sun with a little beach time. We all loved it.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
The cool river is great for these hot days and makes it fun to get 'off the strip' for an afternoon. So glad that you enjoyed your guides on this tour. We encourage swimming and beach time during your tour! Thanks for the great review!
star-5
Just do it.
Amy_B
, Jun 2022
Mike was an excellent guide. Winds were rough but it was a fun day. I would recommend. Great views. We felt safe the whole time.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks so much for this 5 star review. Mike IS an excellent guide and keeps safety in mind for all our guests. We agree that the views on this trip are amazing! Thanks so much for your review!
star-5
Great thing to do beside gambling
Kevin_H
, Jun 2022
Jamaica, our tour guide was awesome! Had such a great time. The scenery is as expected. Be prepared for good workout!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We agree! Jamaica and the Black Canyon are great! Thanks for the 5 star review.
star-5
JUST DO IT!
brennan_p
, May 2022
Hands down this is a must do experience! From the very beginning booking with Cindy online was so easy and she answered any and all questions we had! Thanks for your awesome customer service Cindy. It was great to meet you at the shop. Our tour guide Jamaica was super friendly and fun! Both she and Melissa her associate were fabulous with information, history of the area and knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna. Both are excellent tour guides. We can’t say enough good things about them! Thanks again so much. We had a great time
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Wahoo! We love to hear that your experience was smooth and amazing. The entire team works hard so you can enjoy your time with us. After all, you ARE on vacation! Thanks so much for this awesome recommendation and 5 star review!
star-5
Great day on the Colorado River.
kongpoppe
, May 2022
Loved the emerald cave. Our guide, Greg, was very knowledgeable and a fun guy to be around. Everything went flawlessly.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for the high praise for our guide Greg. Out guides work hard to make this a special experience for everyone. So glad you enjoyed the tour. Thanks for the great review!
star-5
10/10 would definitely...
Janelle_S
, May 2022
10/10 would definitely recommend this trip! It's a nice activity to get you away from the hustle and bustle of the strip. Jared, our tour guide was very knowledgeable, easy going and prompt for pickup. It was just all around fun to get out and explore the local landscape. Also, this activity is suitable for all skill levels. The 4 mile journey (to Emerald Cove and back) is on flat water so don't expect to go down any rapids or anything. Honestly, the hardest part for me was getting in and out of the kayak! 😆
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks so much for your recommendation of our tour! We want to hear that your tour went well and you were comfortable on the water with us. Everyone here works hard to make this tour a great experience.
star-4
Beautiful views
Adriana_S
, May 2022
The drive here you pass through scenic views. Not an expert kayaker, only thing I wished was that they attempted to give me head starts since I was slower then the rest. Aside from that, it was breath taking views. Be ready for an arm work out but it will be absolutely worth it! Get sturdy water shoes, they are not overpriced at their gift shop. Will prevent rocks from getting into shoe. Water very cold but clear & a beautiful emerald color. Photos do not do this place justice. Tour guide was great!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We agree! The beauty of the Black Canyon with its steep walls against the emerald color water is amazing! We hope your photos help you remember this wonderful kayak tour! Thanks for the review.
star-5
Awesome trip!
Brian_W
, May 2022
Awesome scenery, great guide and awesome group, it was so much fun! BlazinPaddles is a great company, very professional and attention to detail, definitely recommend going with them.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks so much for the recommendation and the 5 star review. So glad that you enjoyed the entire experience!
star-5
An absolute MUST SEE for anyone in the area!
Renzo_C
, May 2022
The beauty of the gorge carved by the mighty Colorado is amazing. We saw big horn sheep, ducks and hawks. Our guides Jared and Garret were very good. Garret told us all about the wildlife and dangers of the area as well as the history. I really hope we can come back to do this tour and I recommend you do it too.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
The beauty of the Black Canyon IS amazing.It is great that you were able to see so much wildlife. We look forward to seeing you back in the future.
star-5
Awesome 1/2 day kayaking!
Jeri_L
, May 2022
Tour was awesome!!! Even for someone like me, who is a novice at kayaking!! Guides were super helpful!! Views were amazing!! Great Las Vegas excursion!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We can't express how happy we are that you enjoyed your time with your guides and your time on the tour !!! Thank you for taking the time to write this 5 star review for us.
star-5
First Time on Colorado River
Tanya_J
, Apr 2022
The scenery is spectacular. Greg, our tour guide, was terrific and kept a cool and calm demeanor while working with us all (experienced and in-experienced). The trip from Las Vegas isn’t too bad. A few hiccups with pick-up locations causing delayed drop-offs but expected with so many different pick-up locations at each hotel. We want to come back with our kids now that we experienced it first. Thank you!!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you so much for tanking the time to write us such an awesome 5 star review!! We absolutely agree that Greg is a terrific guide and does a great job with explaining everything to each of his guests. Thank you again for your 5 star review!
star-5
Las Vegas 1/2 Day excursion
THEKEENFAMILY
, Apr 2022
Excellent excursion. Has a wonderful experience. So peaceful, relaxing yet adventurous ! Mackenna was a wonderful guide.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We are thrilled to hear you had a great tour. This is the perfect day-away from the strip and gives you time to unwind. Thanks for the kudos for Makenna and the 5 star review!
star-5
Nature at its best
Marisa_D
, Apr 2022
Fantastic day in the water. Our Guide Celest (sp) was funny knowledgeable and helpful. The canyon is beautiful and a perfect day away from the strip
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
This does sound like the perfect day! It is amazing that the Black Canyon is so close to Vegas! It is so different and unexpected....we agree it is beautiful and provides a relaxing day off the strip! Thank you so much for the 5 star review!
star-5
Very Enjoyable
Donzell_D
, Apr 2022
This was my first time kayaking… Definitely a Great experience… Will love to do it again next time I’m in vegas
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
So glad you enjoyed the first time paddle with us! We look forward to seeing you return! Thanks for the 5 star review!

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