Las Vegas

Half-Day Black Canyon Kayak Tour from Las Vegas

Las Vegas, USA
Half or Full Day Kayaking Tour on the Colorado River from Las Vegas
  • 3 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • All necessary kayak equipment
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from select Las Vegas Strip hotels
  • 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.

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • 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

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

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)

What To Expect

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.

Additional Info

  • 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Pick up time starts two hours before tour time.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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.
  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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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

Q: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

Q: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

Q: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

Q: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

Q: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

Q: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

Q: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

Q: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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Featured review
Our guide Ray was incredible! She was very knowledgeable, fun and went out of her way to make our experience a good one. Ray’s attention to detail about everything was impressive. I would recommend this trip to anyone looking for a fun activity on the water. Thank you for everything Ray!


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Great experience for our family of three.
Julie_M, Apr 2024
We had a great time out on the lake with our guide, Jamaica. We were able to paddle into the Emerald cave with only about a 10 minute wait. My daughter and husband were able to use a tandem kayak. The kayaks have rudders which help with steering.
Carly_C, Mar 2024
Jules was great! It was absolutely beautiful. Kayaks were very easy to paddle. We had a wonderful time!
Perfect break from the strip! Beautiful!
Amy_B, Mar 2024
Awesome tour! Excellent guides, beautiful views, perfect half day break from the strip. Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you so much for your recommendation, as well as taking the time to write a review. Thank you for allowing us to take you out on an adventure! ~Kelly
Fab day
Paula_C, Nov 2023
Had a wonderful day. Great from start to finish. Highly recommend. Blazing saddles were the best. Just book.
Kayak the Black Canyon with Blazin Paddles
Stacie_V, Nov 2023
Excellent excursion! Everyone at Blazin Saddles provided an enjoyable and comfortable day getting off the strip and into nature. The communication with Blazin Paddles helped me feel well prepared for the day. The pickup and drop off service at Mandalay Bay was efficient and the sprinter van was comfortable for the scenic drive out to the river. Of course the real fun was the kayaking itself. I requested to paddle tandem with my guide since I was a solo traveler. Walter was very knowledgeable, friendly, and honestly made the excursion a great one from start to finish. We saw so much wildlife while on the river!! Blue fox, an eagle, big horn sheep, etc. The canyon was picturesque and we learned a little bit of history along our route. I have only the best things to report about the kayak equipment and the experience overall. I had been a little nervous going on this excursion by myself. But Walter put me at ease and provided a great day! I highly recommend booking with Blazin Paddles!
Best tour in/out of Vegas!!
Michel_G, Oct 2023
The natural beauty all around, the ease of paddling in the river. The guides and driver were so fun and knowledgeable!!
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you for your review and for sharing your experience. You are absolutely correct, the beauty and calmness can be quite relaxing. Thank you for coming out with us!
A great time on the river
Alex_G, Oct 2023
Pick up and drop off were well coordinated. The kayak was in good condition and the life jacket was good quality. The kayak guide was helpful. There were plenty of snacks and water bottles.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
We are so happy to hear you found your experience with us to be enjoyable. Everyone of our staff strives to give each guest the best time possible, from start to finish. Thank you for coming out with us!
Tour guide Jamaica was...
Joseph_H, Sep 2023
Tour guide Jamaica was absolutely fantastic! Engagingly adjusted to each participant's level of skill and comfort.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Jamaika will love hearing you enjoyed the tour. She enjoys sharing the river with our guests and knows how to make the tour good for all!
The travel guide was...
Penny_R, Aug 2023
The travel guide was amazing she was friendly and helpful. Definitely recommended. The water was super nice and beautiful
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Thanks so much for your praise! Our guides really enjoy showing off the beautiful scenery on tour. Thanks so much for your recommendation to your friends!
Amazing experience… hotel...
Theodore_W, Aug 2023
Amazing experience… hotel p/u, equipment, etc… so coordinated… our guide, Jamaika, was exceptional… highly recommended!!
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Wonderful to hear all went well and that you could relax on Vacation! This is our goal for every tour. Thanks so much for your recommendation and the 5 stars!
A perfect way to spend the day
Sherry_T, Aug 2023
Jamaica was a wonderful guide. She picked us up on time and got us in the water and ready to kayak without issue. She was helpful, friendly, and informative. The trip was a blast! The sun was beaming but the water was cold and refreshing. Jamaica provided plenty of water and snacks and we got to swim and bit and had super soakers to spray and keep cool. We’d recommend this to anyone who loves the outdoors. It doesn’t require a lot of physical activity and you don’t need to be an expert kayaker either.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
It's always awesome to get outside and explore. Those super soakers come in real handy on the hot days and make for extra fun! Happy Jamaica was able to help you enjoy your day.
Great half day trip
Samantha_Y, Aug 2023
Our tour guide Rae (sorry if I spelled it wrong!) was great. She took care of our group who had kayakers of multiple skill levels. It is beginner friendly, but on a day with strong wind it was a little challenging. The canyon is peaceful with stunning views. You will not regret going on this tour if you’re looking to get out of the bustle of the strip and enjoy nature. Thanks again for a great day!
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Love to hear you enjoyed your break away from the Strip! It's always nice to take in the scenery the Black Canyon has to offer. Thank you for the review!
Adventure Day
Jane_T, Aug 2023
It was wonderful - great guide for day -beautiful scenery and water colors! Guide very knowledgeable and took care of everyone in our small group.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
The Black Canyon is alway gorgeous! Happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us!
Very fun day! Seth, our...
Brian_E, Aug 2023
Very fun day! Seth, our guide was wonderful and provided a great experience. A nice workout but not overly strenuous. Would highly recommend.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Happy to hear you had a fun day on tour! Thanks for your review!
Robert_B, Jul 2023
Seth is awesome and very educational. He pulled over to see the desert sheep on the way back to make it a better experience.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
The amazing big horn sheep in this area are amazing! What a special moment! Thanks for sharing !
Amazing experience.
Richard_H, Jul 2023
Amazing experience. Highly recommend this for groups of friends or couples looking to see more than just the Las Vegas strip. Blazin Paddles were great and Julie was a brilliant guide.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Escape the strip for a day and enjoy the beauty of the Black Canyon! Thanks so much for your praise for Julie on this tour.
Michael was an amazing...
Heather_M, Jul 2023
Michael was an amazing guide! This was our family's first time and we were uncertain but Michael was extremely knowledgeable and helpful about both, kayaking and the river/area. He made the experience great and we look forward to doing it again next time we're in the area.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Happy to hear that Michael was able to put you are ease and you were able to enjoy your first time kayaking! The Black Canyon is such a treat. Hope to see you again soon.
Great half day trip!
Adrian_Y, Jul 2023
Ray was very helpful, punctual and provided a lot of great information. Highly recommend! From Vegas takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to get to the water (including a stop) and about an hour to get back! Packs lots of sunscreen and a hat.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Great prep advice for the half day tour. So glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour and especially our guide Ray! Thanks for the wonderful review.
Great Kayaking on the Colorado with great guides!
James_D, Jul 2023
Conversation with Seth on the way out was informative and entertaining. Nicole was very helpful with the the set up of my kayak and getting me unloaded. Jen Rafftery had to take me back from the cave early because i could not wait to enter the cave. Jen was wonderful "bringing me home". Jen is a talented and charming guide.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
It sounds like you met many of our crew on your visit with us. We love our guides an all that they do for our guests. Thanks so much for your feedback on your tour!
Kayak trip in May
Nigel_S, May 2023
Arranged at short notice whilst in Las Vegas after doing the Grand Canyon with viator. Web chat sorted the booking out quickly and the kayak company sent all the detail’s through for where to meet at our hotel with photos of the pick up point which was a great help. Transport arrived at planned time and Ray greeted with a great smile and lots of enthusiasm. On the way explained what we would be doing. Once at water kayaks we’re ready a comprehensive safety brief and we were off on our 4 mile adventure. Good tip is to book early tour time and you will get to emerald cave before the rest of other kayak groups.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
This is the perfect description of the process and the tour! It sounds like you enjoyed the day with us and it went very smoothly. Thanks for the wonderful review!
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