Emerald Cave

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Emerald Cave: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Kayak Tour

From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Kayak Tour

Experience an 8-kilometer guided kayaking tour in the spectacular Black Canyon on the Colorado River. Have the chance to observe golden eagles in their natural habitat and cruise into the shining Emerald Cove. Benefit from a shuttle service from Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Hotel and arrive in Willow Beach. Meet your guide and learn everything you'll need to know to be prepared for this amazing adventure. Paddle upstream through the steep, rocky walls of the canyon. Keep an eye out to spot desert wildlife like bighorn sheep, coyotes, bald eagles, and even golden eagles. Listen to interesting facts about the mighty Colorado River and the history of the Hoover Dam. Visit the Emerald Cove and find out why the water shines bright green, before making a stop to refuel with healthy snacks, fruit, and water.

Willow Beach: Black Canyon Kayak Half Day Tour-No Shuttle

Willow Beach: Black Canyon Kayak Half Day Tour-No Shuttle

Explore Black Canyon on a guided day tour. Kayak along the Colorado River, spotting wildlife 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, AZ via your personal/rental vehicle 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 on your fully guided tour. Scour the banks to spot a variety of wildlife, including native Desert Big Horn Sheep, Bald Eagles, and Coyote. This tour includes visits to a historical overlook with awe-inspiring views of the legendary Colorado River, a visit to Emerald Cave, and a viewing of the 100-year-old river gauging station. Learn the history of the river and its many uses over the past 100 years from our knowledgeable Guides as they lead this 4-mile out-and-back paddling tour. Enjoy complimentary snacks and bottled water and enjoy the river as it unfolds before you. You will paddle back to your starting point at Willow Beach to complete the tour.

From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Guided Kayaking Tour

From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Guided Kayaking Tour

Swap the bright lights of Las Vegas for the day and set out on a guided kayaking adventure in nearby Arizona. Paddle from Willow Beach along the mighty Colorado River to the Emerald Cave, known for its vibrant green-colored waters Start pickup from selected hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Travel by bus to Arizona, arriving at Willow Beach Marina. Here, get fitted for your kayak and equipment, before setting off on your adventure with your guide. Paddle north on the Colorado River while your guide points out wildlife and geological features in your surroundings. Admire the rugged natural beauty of your surroundings and enjoy the peace and serenity away from the bright lights and noise of the Strip. Arrive at the Emerald Cave about 2 miles in and explore the grotto-style cave with pristine green-colored waters. Take a short hike to visit the historical site of the River Gauger's Home which overlooks the river for a great photo opportunity and amazing views. 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. 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

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, Bald Eagles and Coyote. This tour includes visits to an historical overlook with awe-inspiring views of the legendary Colorado River, a visit to Emerald Cave and viewing the 100 year old river gauging station. Learn the history of the river and its many uses over the past 100 years from our knowledgable Guides as they lead this 4 mile out-and -back paddling tour. Enjoy a complimentary snacks and bottled water and enjoy the river as it unfolds before you.

Las Vegas: Kayak Rental without Transportation

Las Vegas: Kayak Rental without Transportation

Spend the day cruising the crystal-clear waters of Black Canyon and take in the views of the scenery with a single or double kayak. Start at Willow Beach, Arizona, in the morning around 9:00 or 10:00 AM to pick up your kayaks. Fashion your own itinerary with a flexible rental. Get away from the chaos of the Las Vegas Strip and see amazing wildlife and nature. Take a break from kayaking and hike up to Black Canyon for breathtaking views.

From Las Vegas: Kayak Rental with Shuttle to Emerald Cave

From Las Vegas: Kayak Rental with Shuttle to Emerald Cave

Start your adventure by driving or taking the shuttle from Las Vegas to Willow Beach, AZ. Reach the beach to pick up your kayaks and, if needed, learn tips for kayaking in the water from an on-site instructor. Get 5-6 hours to explore the water independently or with your private group. Choose between a single or double kayak, and receive a life vest and bottled water with your rental. Before taking off, get directions to surrounding destinations like the Emerald Cave and the Black Canyon historical sites. Float along the Colorado River or explore Willow Beach. Discover the beauty of the Emerald Cave while searching for wildlife, then choose to hike up to the Black Canyon site for sweeping views.

Kingman: Emerald Cave Guided Kayaking Tour

Kingman: Emerald Cave Guided Kayaking Tour

Meet your guide and get set up with a high-quality kayak, paddles, and a life jacket. Enjoy a tour that includes a short training session, making this tour suitable for beginners. Launch into the turquoise waters of Willow beach and being your adventure on the Colorado River. Paddle through a steep canyon with rugged walls, keeping an eye out for local wildlife along the way. Reach Emerald Cave, a small notch in the Colorado River canyon wall where the lighting creates an otherworldly color. Enter the cave and have the chance to snap some photos. Continue along the river, soaking up views of desert terrain. Stop along the way for a quick 5-10 minute hike leading to 1920s stone foundation of a river gouger's home, offering a peak into the area's past and some gorgeous views of the area. Peer into waters that are stocked with rainbow trout weekly as you paddle by the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery. Try to catch a glimpse of these sliver fish as they swim through the emerald waters. Bring along your own snacks or a picnic to enjoy during your stop at a stunning beach in Emerald Cove before paddling back to the Willow Beach Marina. Return your gear and end your experience with unforgettable memories of this unique area.

Kayak up Colorado River to Emerald Cave Half-Day Trip

Kayak up Colorado River to Emerald Cave Half-Day Trip

Join us as we experience the natural beauty and amazing wildlife of the Colorado River. Take a tranquil paddle up the Colorado River, through 900 foot canyon walls, to the iconic "Emerald Caves". Enjoy the clear, cold water in the summer heat. Take in the Bald Eagles, Falcons, Long Horned Rams and mucu more desert wildlife. This guided kayaking tour takes a group of 10 max, paddling up river, stopping for snacks and swimming along the way. Bring the whole family! Pick up from the Las Vegas strip can be provided.

From Las Vegas: Guided Emerald Cave Kayak Tour

From Las Vegas: Guided Emerald Cave 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.

Willow Beach: Half Day Kayak Rental - Explore Emerald Cave

Willow Beach: Half Day Kayak Rental - Explore Emerald Cave

Put on your life jacket, grab your paddle, and hop into one of our kayaks to start your half day exploration on the Colorado River. We recommend stopping off at Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery. Learn how rainbow trout are stocked weekly in the river. Embark on a short hike to the River Gauger's Home for a great photo opportunity. Paddle to Emerald Cave (about 2 miles upstream from Willow Beach), a small natural cave on the Colorado, known for its green water. Continue to Emerald Cove, a beautiful beach. Take a break here and rest on the sand. Eat some snacks and have a drink. Finally, kayak back to the starting point to complete your day.

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Emerald Cave: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Kayak Tour

From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Kayak Tour

Experience an 8-kilometer guided kayaking tour in the spectacular Black Canyon on the Colorado River. Have the chance to observe golden eagles in their natural habitat and cruise into the shining Emerald Cove. Benefit from a shuttle service from Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Hotel and arrive in Willow Beach. Meet your guide and learn everything you'll need to know to be prepared for this amazing adventure. Paddle upstream through the steep, rocky walls of the canyon. Keep an eye out to spot desert wildlife like bighorn sheep, coyotes, bald eagles, and even golden eagles. Listen to interesting facts about the mighty Colorado River and the history of the Hoover Dam. Visit the Emerald Cove and find out why the water shines bright green, before making a stop to refuel with healthy snacks, fruit, and water.

Willow Beach: Black Canyon Kayak Half Day Tour-No Shuttle

Willow Beach: Black Canyon Kayak Half Day Tour-No Shuttle

Explore Black Canyon on a guided day tour. Kayak along the Colorado River, spotting wildlife 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, AZ via your personal/rental vehicle 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 on your fully guided tour. Scour the banks to spot a variety of wildlife, including native Desert Big Horn Sheep, Bald Eagles, and Coyote. This tour includes visits to a historical overlook with awe-inspiring views of the legendary Colorado River, a visit to Emerald Cave, and a viewing of the 100-year-old river gauging station. Learn the history of the river and its many uses over the past 100 years from our knowledgeable Guides as they lead this 4-mile out-and-back paddling tour. Enjoy complimentary snacks and bottled water and enjoy the river as it unfolds before you. You will paddle back to your starting point at Willow Beach to complete the tour.

From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Guided Kayaking Tour

From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Guided Kayaking Tour

Swap the bright lights of Las Vegas for the day and set out on a guided kayaking adventure in nearby Arizona. Paddle from Willow Beach along the mighty Colorado River to the Emerald Cave, known for its vibrant green-colored waters Start pickup from selected hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Travel by bus to Arizona, arriving at Willow Beach Marina. Here, get fitted for your kayak and equipment, before setting off on your adventure with your guide. Paddle north on the Colorado River while your guide points out wildlife and geological features in your surroundings. Admire the rugged natural beauty of your surroundings and enjoy the peace and serenity away from the bright lights and noise of the Strip. Arrive at the Emerald Cave about 2 miles in and explore the grotto-style cave with pristine green-colored waters. Take a short hike to visit the historical site of the River Gauger's Home which overlooks the river for a great photo opportunity and amazing views. 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. 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

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, Bald Eagles and Coyote. This tour includes visits to an historical overlook with awe-inspiring views of the legendary Colorado River, a visit to Emerald Cave and viewing the 100 year old river gauging station. Learn the history of the river and its many uses over the past 100 years from our knowledgable Guides as they lead this 4 mile out-and -back paddling tour. Enjoy a complimentary snacks and bottled water and enjoy the river as it unfolds before you.

Las Vegas: Kayak Rental without Transportation

Las Vegas: Kayak Rental without Transportation

Spend the day cruising the crystal-clear waters of Black Canyon and take in the views of the scenery with a single or double kayak. Start at Willow Beach, Arizona, in the morning around 9:00 or 10:00 AM to pick up your kayaks. Fashion your own itinerary with a flexible rental. Get away from the chaos of the Las Vegas Strip and see amazing wildlife and nature. Take a break from kayaking and hike up to Black Canyon for breathtaking views.

From Las Vegas: Kayak Rental with Shuttle to Emerald Cave

From Las Vegas: Kayak Rental with Shuttle to Emerald Cave

Start your adventure by driving or taking the shuttle from Las Vegas to Willow Beach, AZ. Reach the beach to pick up your kayaks and, if needed, learn tips for kayaking in the water from an on-site instructor. Get 5-6 hours to explore the water independently or with your private group. Choose between a single or double kayak, and receive a life vest and bottled water with your rental. Before taking off, get directions to surrounding destinations like the Emerald Cave and the Black Canyon historical sites. Float along the Colorado River or explore Willow Beach. Discover the beauty of the Emerald Cave while searching for wildlife, then choose to hike up to the Black Canyon site for sweeping views.

Kingman: Emerald Cave Guided Kayaking Tour

Kingman: Emerald Cave Guided Kayaking Tour

Meet your guide and get set up with a high-quality kayak, paddles, and a life jacket. Enjoy a tour that includes a short training session, making this tour suitable for beginners. Launch into the turquoise waters of Willow beach and being your adventure on the Colorado River. Paddle through a steep canyon with rugged walls, keeping an eye out for local wildlife along the way. Reach Emerald Cave, a small notch in the Colorado River canyon wall where the lighting creates an otherworldly color. Enter the cave and have the chance to snap some photos. Continue along the river, soaking up views of desert terrain. Stop along the way for a quick 5-10 minute hike leading to 1920s stone foundation of a river gouger's home, offering a peak into the area's past and some gorgeous views of the area. Peer into waters that are stocked with rainbow trout weekly as you paddle by the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery. Try to catch a glimpse of these sliver fish as they swim through the emerald waters. Bring along your own snacks or a picnic to enjoy during your stop at a stunning beach in Emerald Cove before paddling back to the Willow Beach Marina. Return your gear and end your experience with unforgettable memories of this unique area.

Kayak up Colorado River to Emerald Cave Half-Day Trip

Kayak up Colorado River to Emerald Cave Half-Day Trip

Join us as we experience the natural beauty and amazing wildlife of the Colorado River. Take a tranquil paddle up the Colorado River, through 900 foot canyon walls, to the iconic "Emerald Caves". Enjoy the clear, cold water in the summer heat. Take in the Bald Eagles, Falcons, Long Horned Rams and mucu more desert wildlife. This guided kayaking tour takes a group of 10 max, paddling up river, stopping for snacks and swimming along the way. Bring the whole family! Pick up from the Las Vegas strip can be provided.

From Las Vegas: Guided Emerald Cave Kayak Tour

From Las Vegas: Guided Emerald Cave 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.

Willow Beach: Half Day Kayak Rental - Explore Emerald Cave

Willow Beach: Half Day Kayak Rental - Explore Emerald Cave

Put on your life jacket, grab your paddle, and hop into one of our kayaks to start your half day exploration on the Colorado River. We recommend stopping off at Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery. Learn how rainbow trout are stocked weekly in the river. Embark on a short hike to the River Gauger's Home for a great photo opportunity. Paddle to Emerald Cave (about 2 miles upstream from Willow Beach), a small natural cave on the Colorado, known for its green water. Continue to Emerald Cove, a beautiful beach. Take a break here and rest on the sand. Eat some snacks and have a drink. Finally, kayak back to the starting point to complete your day.

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What people are saying about Emerald Cave

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4.8
(673 reviews)

Adam was a fabulous instructor and guide - he gave clear concise instructions and was mindful of everyone’s needs. His knowledge on history, geography, nature and his craft was exemplary. If you get Adam you won’t be disappointed! Definitely a trip worth doing.

great, easy to do and nice and refreshing at 44 degrees. beautiful clear water. return was unclear, there was no one to receive the boat again

Our tour guide was really nice and put up with our trouble making. Really enjoyable and fun. Thank you so much for the experience!

So glad we did this. Everything was made easy for us to enjoy from start to finish. It was amazing and a fun way to beat the heat.

Our guide Tyler was fantastic. Couldn't fault anything from pick up to drop off. Had a great day.