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Small Group Colorado River Emerald Cave Guided Kayak Tour

Badge of ExcellenceLas Vegas, USA
Colorado River Half Day Kayak Tour
  • 4 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Escape the bustle of Las Vegas and discover the stunning scenery from the cool water on this 5-star rated half-day kayaking trip on the Colorado River. Make your own way to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, grab a life jacket and set off on this small-group 4-mile kayak trip. As you go, soak up the scenery, pause for a swim, spot wildlife and learn about the area’s history from your expert guide. This is sure to be the best thing you do in Las Vegas!
  • This small-group tour is guaranteed to be no more than 12 participants for a personal experience
  • See a new perspective on the scenery when you explore Black Canyon by kayak
  • Two departure times each day
  • This trip is suitable for beginners through experienced kayakers and ages 8 and over

What's Included

  • Kayak Trip
  • Bottled Water
  • Snacks
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from Willow Beach
  • Park entrance fee. FREE for Pass holders, Veterans, Active Military

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 25804 N Willow Beach, Willow Beach, AZ 86445, USA

    Meeting Point address is in Lake Mead National Park which is located in both Nevada and Arizona due to the state line running through the middle of the lake and River. the Tour meets at 25804 N Willow Beach, Willow Beach, AZ 86445.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Max Weight of 275lbs & Max Height 6'5"
  • You must make your way to the departure point in your own vehicle, not in a ride-share.
  • A minimum of 4 people are required to run the tour.
  • Children under 9 must travel in a tandem kayak with a adult
  • Children under 18 must travel with an adult.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Jane_G
this was a great trip. We took our two boys with us on this trip. Our 14 year old has autism and not a lot of paddling experience wasn't sure he was going to paddle in a single. They accomodated our challenge last minute and brought in a tandem. EJ was a fantastic guide. Low Key, but very informative. The pace was wonderful. Loved the breaks and chance to swim in between paddling. We saw a coyote, great blue heron, and Big Horn Sheep. Out on the water at 9am with no other paddlers...off by 1pm when it seemed every other kayak group was coming on.....Great timing. If you want to Kayak in the black canyon this is the best trip

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Awesome experience
Jennifer_C, Apr 2024
Brett and Griffin were awesome in making this the best experience possible. The tour is beautiful, the length distance and time wise were perfect, and everyone was friendly and professional. I will likely book this again with family.
Family memories.
Ria_R, Apr 2024
Most beautiful day with the family! Life time experience for all! Our guide was very knowledgeable. Thank you!
Great way to see some amazing sights!
charles_z, Apr 2024
The Emerald cave was amazing, but also there were so many things to see along the way-- great trip! Highly reccomend. Griff was a great team leader!
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thanks for booking with us and taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate it and I’m glad you had a good time out there with Captain G.
Great trip on the Colorado River!
Tracie_P, Mar 2024
Griffin was a wonderful guide. He had great stories to tell, including the history of the river, geography, and “Bob’s House.” The wind made it a tough paddle, and he was patient and encouraging with those who had less experience. The water and snacks were also appreciated!
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for booking with us and taking the time out of your day to leave us a nice review. We really do appreciate it. Brett at Veteran kayaks
Amazing fun trip!
John_P, Mar 2024
The tour guide was amazing!! Very amazing views! Would do this tour again! We plan on doing the full day tour in the future!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you John for joining us on the river and taking the time to leave a nice review. We appreciate your custom. Brett
Awesome experience!
lulysarda, Mar 2024
Our tour guide, Griff, was great! Unfortunately we didn't make it to Emerald Cove because we were hit by rain, thunder and lightning so we chose to head back for safety. But this was def an unforgettable experience. Totally recommend!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you very much for leaving us, a kind review despite the elements being against us that day. Sadly, when there is lightning involved, we have no choice but to get off the river very much like a golf course. Obviously we don’t want to be waving paddles around in the air when there is lightning. We do not go out in heavy winds, but sometimes we do get hit by an unexpected squall. Regardless, I’m glad you had a nice time and a bit of fun whilst you were here in Vegas. Come and see us again in the summer when we are pretty much guaranteed sunshine every day.
Excellent tour despite unexpected weather event
Valerie_J, Mar 2024
Well we had a random hail storm, temperature drop and strong winds - wasn’t in the forecast and never happens there. Our guide Griff was awesome and a trooper - he tried to keep our spirits up and encourage us to keep going, as it will pass. And it did. But we were frozen stiff with numb fingers and voted to turn early. But we did see a bald eagle which was cool. Obviously not the tour’s fault or even something we could have predicted. Even though we decided to cut it short, it’s apparent that this was an excellent tour, helpful friendly and knowledgeable guide, and beautiful scenery. Would definitely encourage anyone capable of kayaking a few miles to sign up. (One person in our group was not, and got pulled by Griff - he went above and beyond!) The weather we had was extremely unlikely and the tour would have been cancelled if they knew it was coming. We will definitely try this again next time we’re in the area.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Very much appreciate you leaving Griffin a nice review despite The random weather experience. Please do join us again later in the spring or the summer when we are pretty much guaranteed sunshine. Brett.
Great tour!
Abby_S, Mar 2024
The tour was awesome! Griffin was a great guide. Our tour was on a Sunday morning so it was quiet with no motorized boats. Definitely recommend!!!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you for leaving us a nice review for anybody reading this. It is nice to let them know that on Sundays and Mondays no motorised watercraft are allowed on our section of the river. So if it’s peace and quiet that you want book on a Sunday or Monday morning. Thanks again and let all of your friends know if you had a good time. Brett.
I went with a friend and...
Esther_C, Feb 2024
I went with a friend and we had an awesome time! The tour guide was so nice and informative and the tour had gorgeous scenery! The tour guide even brought snacks and drinks for everyone and offered to take a lot of photos! Definitely recommend it’s a great experience! Just make sure you have strong arms as you will have to paddle four whole miles! If you get tired though, the guide can tow you that is also an option
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for leaving us a nice review. 4 miles over four hours is not really that fast to pay so most people can keep up. We do carry emergency to ropes for children and older clients if they run out of puff. However people should be able to manage this quite easily.
Excellent Emerald Cove Tour
Cami_S, Jan 2024
Our trip was so fun! Griff was very knowledgeable and gave us a great tour. The emerald cove was beautiful. Highly recommend taking this tour.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thanks for leaving us a nice review. I’m glad you had a good time with Griff out there on the river.
Amazing tour
Courtney_S, Jan 2024
We got to experience the rare rain on the Colorado River! Griff was an amazing guide and gave us a fantastic trip with a lot of local history as well as plants and animals. It was also the off season so we had the river mostly to ourselves!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you very much for leaving us a nice review. We really appreciate it. And yes, rain on the river is incredibly rare in the seven years that I’ve been guiding down there. I think I can count less than half a dozen times. With an average, seasonal rainfall of just 4 inches a year you guys lucked out.
Awesome experience
Navoda_P, Dec 2023
We had a great experience with Greg. Most of us were new to kayaking and some had zero experience. But he was very patient and gave clear instructions. Walked us through the whole process before starting and kept us entertained throughout the trip. We were lucky to have great weather on the day as well. Highly recommended for any skill level!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you very much for leaving us five star review. We appreciate it and also for letting other people know that this tour really is for everyone and no experience is necessary.
Thank you Griffin
Amber_S, Dec 2023
Griffin was AMAZING!! He not only was a wonderful guide. He recommended a great restaurant for us to go to after the guide. We will definitely be back.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for coming out with us on the river on your recent trip to Las Vegas. We appreciate you supporting small business and I’m glad you had a great time. Brett
Fun paddle through Blackrock Canyon!
Theresa_E, Nov 2023
Beautiful paddle with a very knowledgeable and personable guide! We enjoyed the awesome scenery and even got to see some wildlife!
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thanks for the nice review of the tour and your guide I’m glad you all had a fantastic day on the river and thank you for choosing us. Come see us again next year. Brett @ Veteran Kayaks
Great experience!!!!
LACY_G, Nov 2023
The 9 am trip worked great for me. Griffin was a fantastic guide, and he made the trip very enjoyable.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I’m glad you had a fantastic time with us. Come and see us again soon Brett @ veteran kayaks
Fantastic Experience even for Newbies!
Sherrie_R, Nov 2023
Our guide Griffen was Amazing! Calm, patient, great personality, very knowledgeable, and helpful! We were frazzled upon arrival, we thought we missed our tour because of time change.. All turned out fantastic! Would definitely do it again!! Highly recommended if in the area to do! Thanks so much!
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thanks for the nice review of the tour and of Griff. I’m glad you all had a fantastic day on the river and thank you for choosing us. Come see us again next year. Brett @ Veteran Kayaks
Fantastic Tour!!!
Nancy_S, Nov 2023
The 3 hour tour with Griff was wonderful. The view was spectacular. Griff was very personable and knowledgeable about the area. He provided interesting insight into how the location for Hoover Dam was chosen and the person who did this job. We would highly recommend this tour with this company.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thanks for review of the tour and of Griffin. I’m glad you all had a nice day on the river and thank you for choosing us.. Brett @ Veteran Kayaks
Kayak trip on the Colorado River
Carly_K, Oct 2023
Our guide Griff was great and very knowledgeable. He made it a super fun and memorable experience. The scenery was gorgeous and weather was lovely. Mid 70’s the whole trip.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thanks for the nice review of the tour and of Griff. I’m glad you all had a fantastic day on the river and thank you for choosing us. Come see us again next year. Brett @ Veteran Kayaks
Amazing kayaking trip
Lori_R, Oct 2023
Griffen was our guide and he was awesome. We went into 3 different caves and experienced the beautiful Colorado river.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thanks for the nice review of the tour and off Griff. I’m glad you all had a fantastic day on the river and thank you for choosing us. Come see us again next year. Brett @ Veteran Kayaks
A Great Experience
Shannon_G, Oct 2023
I booked with Veterans. Griffin was the guide for our small group of 5. He's welcoming, friendly and very knowledgeable of the area. I really appreciated that all the Guides, regardless of their company affiliation, worked together so that no one on the river missed out on the incredible sights. I highly recommend booking with Veterans. Their small group is ideal for a great experience.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thanks for the amazing review of the tour and of Griffin. I’m glad you all had a fantastic day on the river with Griff and thank you for choosing us. Come see us again next year. Brett @ Veteran Kayaks
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