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Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Champagne

1. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Champagne

Marvel at the Grand Canyon from above on this popular helicopter tour from Las Vegas, with transfers included. Land on the canyon floor 3,500 feet below the rim to enjoy it up-close. Treat yourself to some champagne and refreshments while overlooking the Colorado River. After your Las Vegas pickup, experience a breathtaking helicopter flight over the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and Fortification Hill—an extinct volcano—along with many other awe-inspiring views. After descending 3,500 feet inside the Grand Canyon and Hualapai Indian Reservation, make sure to snap some photos after landing for some unforgettable souvenirs.  Take in the breathtaking views of the canyon and river in front of you. Then, enjoy a cool beverage, light snack, and champagne toast while sitting 300 feet above the impressive Colorado River.  Continue your journey through the beautiful Black Canyon as your return to the South Las Vegas terminal, then enjoy your transfer back to Las Vegas.  Upgrade your tour to include a flight over the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip and the city’s downtown area before heading home. This option includes the standard tour plus an additional flight over the world-famous Vegas Strip.

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Valley of Fire Guided Hiking Tour from Las Vegas

2. Valley of Fire Guided Hiking Tour from Las Vegas

Experience the adventurous side of Las Vegas and spend your day hiking at the Valley of Fire State Park. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel, taking you away from the Strip and into nature! As you approach the entrance to the park you’ll have views of the Lake Mead Recreation Area in the distance. Lake Mead is the largest manmade lake in the United States. Choose from easy, moderate, or difficult hike options. During the tour your guide will share historical information about the Valley of Fire and the geology of the area. Admire petroglyph-covered walls as you trek through the desert wilderness in Nevada’s oldest State Park. As the hike continues you’ll experience mild to extreme rock scrambles that will take you to some of the most beautiful peaks and plateaus in southern Nevada. There is no shortage of excitement here, as these trails have been created with the adventurous spirit in mind. At the end of the hike you’ll stop at the park’s visitor center before returning to Las Vegas. Available Hikes: Easy (4 hours): This option is great for families and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. An easy walk allows you to see some of the many ancient petroglyphs in the park as well as finding natural arches that are hidden throughout the park. Moderate (4-5 hours): You’ll hike at a friendly pace, although a good level of fitness is required. Explore the dramatic red rock formations while you scramble and climb landscapes of boulders, crevasses, brush, peaks, and plateaus. Difficult (5-6 hours): This is a more intense activity than the moderate and easy hikes, and is recommended for avid hikers. You’ll cover more challenging terrain for the most captivating views!

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Grand Canyon West by Helicopter: Full-Day from Las Vegas

3. Grand Canyon West by Helicopter: Full-Day from Las Vegas

Your excursion to the Grand Canyon begins with a thrilling helicopter flight taking you over Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, Fortification Hill and Temple Rock. You’ll fly through the majestic Canyon on the way to Grand Canyon West, our primary destination. Once we land you’ll have about 3 hours to explore Grand Canyon West, taking in the various overlooks. Visit Eagle Point, where you’ll see the Skywalk, an amazing feat of engineering. The Skywalk’s glass walking surface is suspended 3,500 feet above the Grand Canyon’s floor and extends a full 70 feet from the rim’s edge. From there go to a Native American village, where you’ll see the authentic dwellings of the Hualapai tribe. The next stops will be at Guano Point and “Highpoint Hike”, where you’ll have time to take photos of the breathtaking views of the Canyon and the Colorado River. You’ll also see remnants of the historic mining tram that stretched from this point across the Canyon.

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From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane Tour

4. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane Tour

Get ready for a bird’s-eye view of one of the country’s most memorable natural wonders on this scenic airplane tour over the Grand Canyon. Benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off in Las Vegas and admire the canyon’s West Rim from above. Get picked up from your hotel in Las Vegas and head on down to Boulder Terminal for your check-in. Board the air-conditioned passenger aircraft, and prepare for take-off. Fly towards the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, passing over Lake Mead — the largest man-made lake in the US — and the Hoover Dam. Soar above the Colorado River and soak in the scenery as you cross into Arizona. Arrive at the Grand Canyon — a stunning natural phenomenon. Gaze out of the plane's large windows for panoramic views of the swirling colors and rock formations as you benefit from expert commentary in 1 of 16 languages. Enjoy the views on the way back to Boulder Terminal and be dropped off back to your hotel in Las Vegas, where your tour will end. You can request a commemorative flight certificate, and personalized photos are available to purchase.

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From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Exterior Tour

5. From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Exterior Tour

Take an excursion from Las Vegas to the Hoover Dam, which has long been known as one of the engineering wonders of the world. When the Hoover Dam was completed in 1935 it was both the world's largest electric power-producing facility and the world's largest concrete structure. Currently it ranks as the world's 34th-largest hydroelectric generating station. During the half-day tour you’ll be able to view the 17 main turbines that generate a maximum of 2,074 megawatts of hydroelectric power. You’ll also take in views of the Dam and Lake Mead from the Arizona Lookout Point, the best viewing spot in the area. You also get an up-close look at the newly opened Hoover Dam bypass bridge, which is modern feat of engineering, soaring 900 feet above the Colorado River. This bridge is the longest and tallest arch bridge in the western hemisphere. Later, enjoy a spectacular vista of the Mike O'Callahan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which opened in 2010 and stretches nearly 2,000 feet in length. There is a paddle wheeler cruise on Lake Mead available as an option with this tour. Please note that this is not the Hard Hat Tour of the Hoover Dam.

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Las Vegas: Grand Canyon North Tour w/Polaris Ranger or ATV

6. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon North Tour w/Polaris Ranger or ATV

Avoid the busy national park crowds, and experience rare sights in the heart of the Grand Canyon at Bar 10 Ranch. Fly to the Arizona Strip, just miles from the Northern Rim for breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon. Head off on an ATV or Polaris Ranger along a 4x4 trail through Whitmore Canyon and Lake Mead Recreation Area to the rim of the Grand Canyon. Take in the panoramic views at 3,000 feet above the Colorado River. Admire the unusual collection of desert vegetation and animal life. Back at Bar 10 Ranch, relax and enjoy an authentic Dutch oven barbecue lunch. Then, fly to and from Bar 10 Ranch aboard an aircraft specifically designed for “flightseeing,” and soak in the views over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the mighty Colorado River. Benefit from the high wings and large windows which offer the best views along with a comfortable climate-controlled cabin. After, stop in the gift shop to purchase photos or simply browse the souvenirs.

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From Las Vegas: Lake Mead Crystal Kayak Fish Feeding Tour

7. From Las Vegas: Lake Mead Crystal Kayak Fish Feeding Tour

This activity-packed tour takes you from a unique downhill pedal-powered ride to adventurous kayaking and canyoning – giving you a whole new perspective of Las Vegas and its surrounding desert views. Start with a pickup from one of the resort hotels on the Las Vegas strip and travel towards Lake Mead 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 crystal kayak. Paddle towards Lake Mead, with a break to stop and admire the fantastic views of the entire canyon. Keep a lookout for wildlife species. Take a short break into nature and leisurely walk in the largest artificial lake in the United States, enjoy the beauty of the Black Canyon while feeding fish and ducks, a model of parent-child activity. After lunch, head to Seven Magic Mountains, which is situated within the Ivanpah Valley adjacent to Sheep Mountain and the McCullough, Bird Spring, and Goodsprings ranges of mountains. A creative expression of human presence in the desert. Finally, Hemenway Park is your last stop. The park is comprised of approximately 10 acres and includes playground equipment, gazebos, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, and 2 lighted tennis courts. One of this park's main attractions is the Bighorn sheep that comes down from the mountains to the water and graze. Then you will be taken back to Las Vegas.

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From Las Vegas: Lake Mead National Park ATV Tour

8. From Las Vegas: Lake Mead National Park ATV Tour

On this motorized tour, you see the beautiful scenery of Lake Mead National Park on a journey to the Colorado River. At the halfway point, you'll stop at the Colorado River for a photo opportunity and, in summer months, to have a dip in the water. Learn the history of the National Park, Colorado River and the mines of El Dorado Canyon while on this scenic ATV tour. Your one of a kind scenic motorized ATV tour begins with pick-up from your hotel on the Las Vegas strip by a master tour guide in a luxury shuttle. The complimentary shuttle service acts as a private guided tour and you'll get to see Lake Mead National Park, Colorado River and Las Vegas. You will drive through the Scenic Mojave Desert and enjoy a stop for a 15-minute photo opportunity. Revel in the awe-inspiring views of this man-made wonder as you stand 900 feet above the Colorado River. You will then arrive at the staging area located in Lake Mead National Park. Ride down 22 miles of naturally formed trails while absorbing the sights of the majestic desert landscape, full flora and fauna. At the halfway point, you have a photo opportunity at the Colorado River. After, head back down the trails of Lake Mead National Park as you soak in the sights one last time. Then relax at the on-site restaurant and bar which serves you their world famous burger made from 100% Angus beef, fresh cut fries made to order and a soda. Head back to Las Vegas with memories to last a lifetime.

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Hoover Dam: National Historic Landmark Half-Day Tour

9. Hoover Dam: National Historic Landmark Half-Day Tour

Your tour of the Hoover Dam offers the best views from both the Arizona and Nevada side of the Colorado River. As part of the tour you will have photo opportunities of The Mike O'Callaghan/Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, also known as the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge. Travel in a 9 or 13-seat vehicle on this small group tour and enjoy a more personalized experience. The Hoover Dam is a national historic landmark and your guided tour includes a live presentation and film that outlines the history of the construction of the dam. You will also visit the exhibit gallery in the visitors center and enjoy a tour of the observation room in the power plant, where you can view the massive generators that create electricity from the waters pouring over the dam. Have your camera ready to capture pictures of Lake Mead on one side and the tremendous drop to the Colorado River on the other.

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Las Vegas: Self-Drive Lake Mead Kayaking and Fish Feeding

10. Las Vegas: Self-Drive Lake Mead Kayaking and Fish Feeding

Enjoy the beauty of Willow Beach while feeding fish and ducks during this kayaking experience in Las Vegas. Paddle in a clear kayak to Lake Mead, the largest artificial lake in the United States. Get all the gear you need for a safe family-friendly activity. Gear up and paddle towards Lake Mead, America's largest reservoir created by the construction of the Hoover Dam. Enjoy the underwater views through your clear-bottom kayak. Stop in between your journey to admire the fantastic views of the entire canyon. Keep a lookout for wildlife species. Take a short break into nature and leisurely walk in the artificial lake. Marvel at the beauty of Willow Beach while feeding fish and ducks (feed included).

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What people are saying about Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 252 reviews

We had Matt as a tour guide . My 13 year old son & I did the moderate hike & it was perfect. Definitely adrenaline rushing @ x’s & a little challenging /scary as any slip could potentially be a disaster.. however Matt gave very detailed instructions how to help avoid any mistakes & had the time of our lives doing this . The views were spectacular as well as the history here . We would do it again in a heartbeat! Plan for some physically challenging parts (not an issue for us but may be for someone not used to some level of fitness / or w/ decent balance or coordination). If you’re considering but not sure , DO it! It’ll be the most amazing experience !

Amazing guided hike ! Matt was knowledgeable in so many areas. The days was so much more than I could have hoped for, he challenged us continually. The beauty was breath taking, the pictures blew me away. One of the best things I did the entire week in Vegas.

The scenery was breathtaking. Our guide Jordan was so cool and personable. We explored some of the parks nearby the lake and saw wild Rams. The activity was safe with proper gear. I will be back!

Small group, Matt is a great guide! Knew the route super well so I always felt we were in good hands. Gorgeous area, and the petroglyph were stunning!

Another thing off bucket list. Flight was great. Holly, our pilot was excellent.