Las Vegas

Half-Day Emerald Cove Kayak Tour

Willow Beach, United States
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From $115.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 to 5 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Experience the serenity of Emerald Cave, a picturesque natural attraction on the Colorado River. This kayaking tour takes a small group max of 15 people paddling up the river with a guide. Stop for snacks and swimming along the way. Round-trip hotel transport is provided from Las Vegas to Willow Beach in Arizona.
  • Kayaking tour on the Colorado River follows a gentle section to Emerald Cave
  • River guide ensures the safety of a small group limited to 15 paddlers
  • Kayak, paddle, PDF, snacks, and bottled water are provided for you
  • Transport is provided from Las Vegas hotels to Willow Beach Marina

What's Included

  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Hotel Pick-up and Dropoff (if option selected)
  • Can choose between single (1 person) or tandem (2 person) kayaks
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

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

Meeting point

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

    It is a 1-hour drive to Willow Beach Marina from the Las Vegas Strip. Launch times are 10:15, 10:30, and 10:45 at Willow Beach. These are subject to change based on weather and season. The operator will let you know 24-48 hours in advance what time to meet them at Willow Beach Marina.

Pickup points

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End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

**Please keep in mind that Nevada does observe the end of Daylight savings and there is an hour difference between AZ (MST) and NV (PST) Nov 5th, 2022 - March 12, 2023.** - 10:15, 10:30, and 10:45 are our LAUNCH TIMES, not pickup times! - Pickup times vary, we typically arrive at your hotel an hour and 30 mins prior to the launch time you choose. - If your hotel is not on the pick up list, please pick the one that is closest to your location. If you are unsure on which hotel is closest to you, please give River Dogz a call :)

What To Expect

Willow Beach Marina

4 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We have the right to cancel a booking if there are not enough travelers
  • Please be advised we pick up from Las Vegas about an hour before the departure time
  • Most days our tours fill up but in the event we don’t have enough travelers to fill the minimum numbers your day we will offer another date or refund you 100 percent of your money.
  • Be advised that Emerald Cave is not a paddle through cave but more of a grotto style.
  • By booking a tour, you assume all risks of your participation in this Activity, whether known or unknown to you, including travel to and from the Activity or any events incidental to this Activity. You also agree to the release of images/video for River Dogz to use at their discretion
  • Weight limit is 260 lbs
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 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 early before the Departure time will I be picked up for the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour on The Colorado River from Las Vegas?

A:Pickup from Las Vegas Strip Hotels begins at approximately 9:30 am. Pickup at the REI in Henderson is approximately 10:20 am. You will be contacted prior to your departure date to confirm your exact pickup time.

Mar 2021

Q:Where is the meeting point if we choose to meet at Willow Beach for the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour on The Colorado River?

A:If you are meeting us at Willow Beach, you can come directly to the Willow Beach Marina, Willow Beach Arizona.

Mar 2021

Q:Do I need kayak experience to enjoy the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour on The Colorado River from Las Vegas?

A:No - beginners are welcome, however, you must be in at least a moderate physical condition to complete the tour.

Mar 2021

Q:How far do we kayak during the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour on The Colorado River from Las Vegas?

A:Over the course of approximately 5 hours, we will cover a distance of 4 miles (6.4 km.)

Mar 2021

Q:What should I bring with me on the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour on The Colorado River from Las Vegas?

A:We recommend packing light, but make sure to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, quick-dry clothing, appropriate shoes (no flip-flops), any medication you require, and a waterproof bag if you bring any electronics with you (Ziplock bags work well.)

Mar 2021

Q:What should I wear on the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour on The Colorado River from Las Vegas?

A:Dress in light, quick-drying warm layers. Water shoes or sneakers are best. NO FLIP-FLOPS. Wear a long-sleeve shirt and long shorts, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a large hat. You may also want to wear your bathing suit under your regular clothes.

Mar 2021

Q:Do I need to bring food or water with me on the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour on The Colorado River from Las Vegas?

A:No - We provide bottled water and snacks for your convenience.

Mar 2021

Q:What happens if there is bad weather on the date of my Emerald Cave Kayak Tour on The Colorado River from Las Vegas?

A:If the weather conditions are not conducive to an enjoyable kayak tour, we may cancel your reservation. If this happens, you may either reschedule or receive a full refund.

Mar 2021

Q:Are the guides knowledgeable on the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour on The Colorado River from Las Vegas?

A:Yes! Our experienced guides have wilderness first aid and CPR certifications. They also have extensive knowledge of the history of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Lower Colorado River, geology, wildlife, and plants.

Mar 2021

Q:Is there a weight limit to participate in the Emerald Cave Kayak Tour on The Colorado River from Las Vegas?

A:Riders cannot exceed 280 lbs for single kayaks or 450 lbs combined weight for double kayaks.

May 2021

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Traveler Tips

You’ll need water socks, hat, sunscreen, and be wearing your bathing suit under your clothes.
I've done kayaking before, so this tour is fairly easy to go 2 miles upstream and 2 miles back.
Pick up at your hotel which is great in this weather.
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Stunning scenery. Great...
Sue_M, Mar 2023
Stunning scenery. Great tour guides with excellent knowledge of the area. Punctual pick up and drop off, very friendly yet professional. Would recommend.
Well worth the price!
Hector_T, Mar 2023
My wife and I had a great day kayaking. Our guides, Michelle and Mike were the best, mode us feeling safe and very knowledgable. We would recommend this to anyone looking for a great time.
Fantastic Tour!!!
Gabriella_K, Mar 2023
Such a great tour! Came on a windy March day but the sun was out and the weather was nice. Our guide, Preston, was incredibly polite, knowledgeable, and funny! We really enjoyed the kayak tour and highly recommend it to others! :) The cave and history of the area are a must see if you’re in the Vegas area!
Great guide and fabulous scenery
LAURA_T, Mar 2023
We had an absolutely wonderful time on our Emerald Cove Kayak Tour. Our guide, Adam, was friendly and knowledgable and managed to keep our group together in an easy, no stress manner. Preston, a second guide, made sure that no stragglers were left behind; he, too, was so friendly. The river was spectacular, of course! We were lucky enough to have sunlight when we got to the cove, so it was just perfect. A really fun day!
Beautiful and relaxing tour
patricia_b, Mar 2023
What a perfect, serene day! This tour was gorgeous and so relaxing. It was a great get away from the busy Vegas experience. I would definitely recommend this trip. Our tour guide Adam was so awesome.
Great kayak tour
Bou_L, Mar 2023
Had a wonderful time with the family I would recommend this tour to everybody. And Paul the tour guide is awesome and so knowledgeable about the history of the areas.
Unforgettable day down the Colorado!!
TerriEarley, Mar 2023
Michelle was amazing. This was an unforgettable trip. Such majestic beauty. Highly recommend this trip.
Amazing kayak trip and a great break from the strip!
Adam_s, Mar 2023
River Dawgz where awesome. Communication was great, they texted me multiple times confirming preferences and pick up details. We had Adam as our guide and he was outstanding! He was super knowledgeable about the river and history, great personality, and engaged with everyone in the group.
Fantastic outdoor experience
Shawna_H, Mar 2023
Our guide was great and he had great knowledge of the area! The area is beautiful! I would recommend this trip for sure!
Great excursion!
Krista_B, Mar 2023
Emerald Cove was beautiful. Loved the stories about the area. Our tour guide, Ryan, was a fantastic guide and made sure we were all well hydrated and not hungry!
Take this trip!!
Scott_M, Mar 2023
Whole paddle was great. Great spot for it. The drive was great too. Especially if you want to get out of Vegas and see the area.
It was our first time and...
Kimberly_B, Mar 2023
It was our first time and Michelle our tour guide made everything so much fun and exciting. She was very helpful. The scenery is absolutely beautiful and it was fun going into the cave.
Breathtaking views and crystal clear water
Susan_E, Mar 2023
The scenery, the clear water, and our great guide Ryan! We are both in our 60’s and in good shape, and could easily navigate this trip.
Emerald Cove experience
Mary_B, Mar 2023
Adam was such a wonderful guide giving us informative information on the area. He was kind and personable.
Beautiful Scenery
Leah_K, Mar 2023
We had an amazing time with our guide, Tyler. He was friendly, informative, and super accommodating. It was my first time kayaking, and he made sure I was comfortable. We were lucky to have perfect weather, and the scenery was gorgeous. Thank you!
A must when visiting Vegas!
Tina_S, Mar 2023
This was one of the best days of our trip. Jessica was awesome and informative. It was my first time to kayak and everyone was very patient.
Chelsea_A, Mar 2023
Michelle was an excellent guide!! One of the best ever, hands down. We had a really great time on our kayaking trip. The only thing I could say that I wish was better was the weather, which is of course our of their hands. The weather was overcast and it rained on our way back so we didn’t really get to experience the true green water, but it came out in the pictures! Overall, a great trip that we would recommend to all.
Want to actually get some relaxation in your trip to Vegas/Vegas area? Go kayaking!
Nancy_Y, Mar 2023
Good activity for almost all ages and fitness levels. Went on the Colorado through RiverDogs with Jessica as our tour guide and my parents (plus like a dozen others. The river was like a (chilly) bathtub, very easy paddle. Went with my 70-year-old parents, they had no trouble. Would recommend. It had just been a bit rainy and everything was blooming, rather pretty and smelled nice. We actually got the only perfect day that week (weather-wise). Remember to wear sunscreen! I sprayed the top of my arms and got burned on the underside and around the edges of my clothes.
Perfect kayaking adventure
Gregsass_S, Mar 2023
Overall amazing experience, would highly recommend. Guides were super nice and friendly and informative. Scenery was great. Loved it!!
Lesley_M, Mar 2023
Our guide Michelle was awesome. So knowledgeable, friendly and well prepared. We had a fantastic day. Highly recommend this