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Emerald Cave: Clear-Bottom Kayak Tour with Optional Shuttle

1. Emerald Cave: Clear-Bottom Kayak Tour with Optional Shuttle

Start with pickup from one of the resort hotels on the Las Vegas strip and travel towards Willow Beach, Arizona for your guided kayaking tour. Upon arrival at the canyon, receive a quick kayaking lesson from your guide and get ready for your adventure. Enjoy the underwater views through your glass-bottom kayak. Paddle towards Emerald Cave, with a break to stop and admire the fantastic views of the entire canyon. Keep a lookout for wildlife species such as the Desert Big Horn Sheep, blue heron, and bald eagles. Enter the Emerald Cave and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings. Take the opportunity to swim in the Colorado River, before heading back to the starting back for your return transfer back to Las Vegas.

Willow Beach: Emerald Cave and Lake Mead Kayaking Tour

2. Willow Beach: Emerald Cave and Lake Mead Kayaking Tour

Discover a kayaker’s dream destination – the Emerald Cave and Willow Beach – on this kayaking tour from Las Vegas with a guide and unlimited snacks and drinks. Swim in the cave’s enchanting green water and keep an eye out for wildlife. After meeting your guide, start with a quick kayaking lesson before gearing up and getting on your kayak. When paddling toward Emerald Cave, take a break from kayaking and explore breathtaking views of the entire canyon. Get your cameras ready for the desert bighorn sheep, blue heron, and bald eagles. Marvel at the canyon walls lining Emerald Cave that are 5,000 to 7,000 feet high. During the tour, get the chance to swim in the mystical green water of the Colorado River. When the sun shines at the right angle, reflections off the sediment on the cave walls make the river water look bright green. The outdoor adventure Sherpa shares that the cave's green waters shine the brightest during the spring and summer months. 

Willow Beach: Black Canyon Kayak Tour with Guide and Snack

3. Willow Beach: Black Canyon Kayak Tour with Guide and Snack

Explore Black Canyon under your own steam on a guided tour. Kayak along the Colorado River, spotting wildlife, such as bald eagles, as you go. Enjoy incredible views of the river and surrounding landscape. Discover the river's history and marvel at the stunning rock formation at Emerald Cave. Arrive at Willow Beach and prepare for the day ahead as your guides help you into your kayak. Paddle upstream into the narrow channels of the Black Canyon. Continue for about 1 mile, scouring the banks as you go to spot a variety of wildlife, including native desert bighorn sheep and bald eagles. Then, stop at a historical overlook for awe-inspiring views of the legendary Colorado River. Listen as your guide shares the immense history of the river over the past 100 years. Enjoy a snack before setting off for the stunning rock formation of Emerald Cave on your way back to the starting point.

From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Half-Day Kayak Tour

4. From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Half-Day Kayak Tour

Swap the lights of Las Vegas for one day on a nature day trip and guided kayaking adventure in nearby Arizona. Travel to beautiful Willow Beach, surrounded by steep canyon walls along the Colorado River, the site of your kayaking activity. A great escape into rugged nature for the day. Start with a hotel pickup from the Las Vegas Strip. After arriving at Willow Beach Marina, get fitted for your kayak and away you go with your guide. Paddle north on the crystal clear Colorado River while your guide points out wildlife and geological features in your surroundings. Arrive at the Emerald Cave about 2 miles in — explore the grotto-syle cave with pristine green-colored waters. Remember your waterproof camera, you’ll need it. Next, take a short hike to visit the historical site of the River Gauger's home that overlooks the river for a great photo opportunity and amazing views. Here your guide will share history about the River Gaugers. After a quick pit stop for some snacks and refreshments, head back to the river with cool, flowing water that stays at 12 degrees Celsius (53 degrees Fahrenheit) all year round. Soak up the picturesque natural attractions as you meander your way back to your launching point, before catching your ride back to Sin City.

From Las Vegas: Black Canyon Half-Day Kayak Tour

5. From Las Vegas: Black Canyon Half-Day Kayak Tour

Following pick-up from your approved hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, escape the city and journey by comfortable Mercedes Sprinter to the start point of your kayak adventure into the Black Canyon. Arrive at Willow Beach and prepare for the day ahead as your guides help fit you into your kayaks. Paddle upstream into the narrow channels of the Black Canyon, and scour the banks to spot a variety of wildlife, including native Desert Big Horn Sheep and Bald Eagles. Continue for approximately 1 mile, and then stop at an historical overlook for awe-inspiring views of the legendary Colorado River. Listen to an explanation about the immense history of what the river has been used for over the past 100 years. Enjoy a complimentary snack before setting off for the stunning rock formation of Emerald Cave on your way back to the starting point.

From Las Vegas: Guided Colorado River Kayak Tour

6. From Las Vegas: Guided Colorado River Kayak Tour

Spend a day surrounded by clear water and natural landscapes on this guided kayaking tour starting from Las Vegas. Paddle along the Colorado River and see the Emerald Cave. This is a great tour option for both beginners and advanced paddlers alike. This kayaking tour paddles onto the Colorado River at various times in the morning, starting from Las Vegas and taking off into the water at Willow Beach, Arizona. An early morning tour lets you beat the heat and the crowds. The moment the paddle dips into the Colorado River, you'll be transported back in time. Paddle past historic sites of the 1920s era government project that gave life to the desert southwest. Venture into the Black Canyon narrows to explore the river that exists only an hour outside of the busy lights of the Las Vegas strip. Arrive at Emerald Cave and learn how to back up your kayak into the cave to get some unbeatable photos of the emerald green water. The cave itself is the cherry on top of a spectacular afternoon on this picturesque section of the river.

From Flagstaff or Sedona: Full-Day Colorado River Float Trip

7. From Flagstaff or Sedona: Full-Day Colorado River Float Trip

Your Colorado River rafting float tour starts off with a scenic, narrated ride from the Red Rocks of Sedona, through Oak Creek Canyon (one of the top 10 scenic drives in America) and the towering Ponderosa Pines of Flagstaff. Your Colorado River rafting tour will take you past the dormant volcanoes which make up the San Francisco Peaks, and through the Navajo Nation. Throughout the day, you'll receive informative and entertaining narration about the areas through which you pass from some of the most experienced and knowledgeable tour guides from the Sedona and Flagstaff areas. Upon arrival in Page, Arizona, pass through a spectacular 2-mile tunnel through the cliff walls of Glen Canyon and arrive at the base of the Glen Canyon Dam. Float through Glen Canyon's towering walls along a gentle stretch of the Colorado River just south of Lake Powell and the mighty Glen Canyon Dam. Sit back and relax as your river guide leads you on a breathtaking journey of colorful rock formations, soaring wildlife, and ancient Native American petroglyphs. Stop off for an easy hike to get a closer look at the petroglyphs, and enjoy an amazing picnic lunch on the banks of the river. Your river journey ends at Marble Canyon and historic Lees Ferry, featuring cabins left behind by the early pioneer settlers. On the return trip from your Colorado River rafting float tour, pass by the Echo Cliffs and western edge of the Painted Desert as you re-cross the Navajo Reservation for a stop at historic Cameron Trading Post. Shop for Native American arts and crafts and visit the gallery, home of many fine and rare pieces of Native American arts and crafts.

From Flagstaff or Sedona: Antelope Canyon Day Tour

8. From Flagstaff or Sedona: Antelope Canyon Day Tour

Discover the stunning rock formations and scenery of Antelope Canyon on a guided tour. Learn about Native American history and natural history with your expert guide as you visit locations such as Oak Creek Canyon, the Painted Desert, and Horseshoe Bend. After pickup at your hotel in Flagstaff or Sedona, journey to the famous water-carved slot canyon of Antelope Canyon, located on Navajo land east of Page. See the reflections of the sun's rays and sky splashing the narrow sandstone walls with colors of orange, yellow, blue, and purple.  Start with a climb through scenic Oak Creek Canyon, ranging from 4,500 feet above sea level to 7,500 feet onto the Colorado Plateau. Get a stunning view of the San Francisco Peaks, Arizona's largest volcanic mountain range that reaches 12,600 feet (3,840 meters) at its tallest point. Then, make your way through the spectacular colored rock formations of the Painted Desert. Take a 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) walk at Horseshoe Bend, and experience an iconic clifftop overlooking the Colorado River. You will also see breathtaking views of Lake Powell and Glen Canyon. Take an exciting tour into the narrows of the slot canyon, and admire the natural formations up close. Return to base while driving by the Painted Desert. Lunch is provided on this tour.

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What people are saying about Arizona

We had a great time. Sam especially was a wonderful guide. The water was perfect and breathtaking views. Sam pointed out interesting points along the way. Most importantly,Sam checked on everyone to make sure they were safe a comfortable. The wind picked up making it workout to get back- he was great and reassuring to newer kayakers. Everyone was tired and talking about how fun it was on the ride back to the strip. The cove itself was no big deal. Still worth getting out on the water and enjoy. It would of been nice to have time to swim and play in the water while we were there. The wind made it necessary to turn back at the end becausr had head wind. Highly recommend- but don’t go just for the cave . It’s underwhelming.

This tour was amazing! Our guide Chris took care of us to the fullest. He was there explaining how to kayak since it was our first time. He also explained about the environment around us and answered any questions. We never felt rushed and he unlike many guides stayed with the people in the back of the group to ensure we were all doing alright. My kayak filled with water towards the end and his quick thinking saved me. He was able to empty it out and we began on the journey back. I definitely recommend booking with him if you are new to kayaking or even want to enjoy the tour without the pressure of being rushed!

What an incredible day enjoying the natural beauty of the mountains and water. It was 114° degrees in the air, but 54° water kept us nice and cool. Our guide, Griff, was fun to talk to and was very knowledgeable.

Very well organized event with absolutely impressive moments and breathtaking landscapes

Diego was great. The weather was great. Beautiful excursion.