A group of travellers rafting on the Colorado River, Nevada
A group of travellers rafting on the Colorado River, Nevada

Colorado River

Free admission

The basics

Many travelers go to Las Vegas to experience the mighty Colorado River by visiting or canoeing the Black Canyon, so-called because of the black volcanic rocks found in the area. The canyons are majestic, red land formations that lead from Colorado toward the Hoover Dam in Nevada. Guided boating and canoeing tours take visitors down the Colorado River as it passes through the Black Canyon.

At James M. Robb Colorado River State Park, hiking, rafting, fishing, rock climbing, and swimming are all available. Another bucket list experience well worth the time investment is a whitewater rafting trip through Grand Canyon National Park.

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Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip
Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip
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$699.00 per adult
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A fantastic experience
Sarah was a great guide and very knowledgable, the raft was comfortable and spacious, the scenery stunning and to see the Hoover Dam so close was a memorable experience
Jane, Sep 2023

Things to know before you go

  • The river is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure travelers.

  • Remember to wear comfortable clothes suitable for the activities you're participating in.

  • There isn't always shade on the river, so bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

  • River trips and rafting tours to the Colorado River from Las Vegas can last anywhere from three to 15 hours, depending on the option chosen.

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How to get there

There are numerous access points to the Colorado River as it flows through Nevada, but most travelers visit on a guided adventure tour that includes return transportation from Las Vegas. Lees Ferry is a popular spot to access the river from both Arizona and Utah.

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When to get there

While there isn't really a bad time to visit the Colorado River, commercial rafting trips—particularly those through the Grand Canyon—are generally offered from April to October. Depending on where you are along the river, temperatures in June, July, and August can soar above 100°F (38°C).

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See the Colorado River from above and below

Those looking for a comprehensive Colorado River experience can combine a float trip or boat ride down the river with a Grand Canyon helicopter tour or a walk along the Grand Canyon Skywalk on the West Rim.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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