Las Vegas

Half-Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon from Las Vegas

Boulder City, United States
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From $149.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • 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.
  • Pick up time starts two hours before tour time.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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.

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Bring sunscreen and be prepared to get wet as some areas when you get out the water is above the knees.
Beautiful trip and great guides - very easy unless you have a shoulder injury.
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Heidi_H, Nov 2022
Had a great time! Cindi was so nice getting us set up, detailed directions sent to me and made sure we were going to have a wonderful time. Seth was our guide. He was absolutely the nicest, funniest and best guide I’ve ever had on any excursion. I would highly recommend Blazzin Paddles. Will definitely be planning another excursion w/them when I’m back in Vegas!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Woot! We love hearing that you had a seamless experience and a wonderful time! This is our goal for our guests....easy fun! We look forward to seeing you on a tour in the future when you return! Thanks so much for this review!
A beautiful half day excursion on the water
Arianna_B, Oct 2022
The tour guide picked me up sharp at my hotel. She was as pleasant and informative. Helped with the boat putting in the water. Although the wind was strong at times the paddling was enjoyable and we had a great experience. Snacks and water were provided and we had a great time.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback on your tour with us. Everyone here works hard to coordinate your experience and we love to hear that things went smoothly. Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the beauty of the river and the Black Canyon and had a great time. Thanks for the 5 star review!
Excellent adventure
Janice_L, Oct 2022
Our tour guide, Seth, was amazing and very knowledgeable! This was a great experience and I’m so glad we did this while visiting Las Vegas!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback on Seth! The tour is a perfect way to get off the strip and relax in the outdoors and experience the beauty of the Black Canyon. We look forward to seeing you in the future!
1/2 day kayaking trip
Karen_R, Oct 2022
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!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks for the praise for Ray, she is amazing and really works hard to make the tour perfect for everyone! Vacation time should be a time to enjoy and relax and Ray can make that happen on her tour. So glad you enjoyed the experience!
Vamsi_K, Oct 2022
Must do activity if you are going to Vegas. We did the tandem and it was amazing experience. Seth, our guide, was amazing. Overall an amazing experience. 5hours well spent
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Seth is amazing! So glad you enjoyed your tour, thank you for the wonderful review!
Beauty off the Strip
Ashley_S, Oct 2022
We had a great tour with Seth! He went above and beyond to talk with each group/individual. Highly recommend!!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks so much for the recommendation of the tour! Seth works very hard to make the tour special for everyone and his enthusiasm is wonderful! We appreciate your recommendation and the 5 star review.
Jayne_C, Sep 2022
Excellent from start to finish. Views spectacular. Celeste was informative and a brilliant guide. A credit to blazing paddles. Would recommend this trip to anyone. You won’t be disappointed.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks so much for the kudos for Celeste! You can tell she enjoys sharing the tour with our guests! Thanks so much for your recommendation of our tour!
Wonderful Experience!
Bryan_N, Sep 2022
Wonderful trip! Fabulous scenery. Kayaks were high quality with rudders that made them easy to steer. We had a beach stop, took a short hike and saw the cave. Celeste our guide was expert, fun and patient. Lots of water and snacks. The 4 mile round trip was perfect length. Comfortable nice on time van transportation. Go on this trip! You will love it!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks for the perfect review of our half day kayak trip. The beauty of the Black Canyon is amazing and spending the day with Celeste truly enjoyable. Everyone here works hard to make sure that you enjoy your time with us and relax. After all, you ARE on vacation! We appreciate the 5 star review.
We loved the view around...
Andy_M, Sep 2022
We loved the view around us And the our tour guy was the best In explain of the history. We loved the area where we stop for a break it was beautiful view
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thanks so much for your review! We love sharing the beauty of the Black Canyon on our tours. Wonderful to hear you loved it as well!
Fun day of paddling.
Jennifer_M, Sep 2022
The entire trip was amazing. Celeste and Andrew were so informative and fun. It was a fantastic and beautiful day.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Celeste and Andrew will appreciate hearing this great praise. They want you to have a relaxing time on the water and enjoy the day. Mission accomplished! Thanks for the great review!
We got to see a ram. The...
Briton_D, Aug 2022
We got to see a ram. The (cave) was a big disappointment. The tour guides were very good. They made sure we had lots of water and snacks. They were well informed and answered any questions.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you for the praise for our guides! They work very hard to make the tour a relaxing, easy time. Wonderful to hear that you spotted an elusive Desert Big Horn Sheep ~ they are very majestic and exciting to see. Thanks for your review of the tour.
Not a half day tour
Teresa_C, Aug 2022
This is not a half day tour, we were picked up at 8:50am and returned to our hotel at 4pm. There was a lot of wasted time such as the waivers, which like other tours should be completed on the 45 min bus ride, waiting for the tour guides to pack up the kayaks. We finished the tour tired and starving. The views and experience was beautiful and enjoyed the water, but I feel the tour needs to be more efficient with time.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thanks for your feedback on the half day tour. We try hard to make this a smooth day for everyone and work hard to keep the tours moving. Our website and the booking form include time estimates for your day and explain the total tour time and how it is broken down. Our website states that the tour will be approx 5-6 hours total time (paddling on the river is approx 3-3.5 hours of this).The stop at our store is also to use the bathroom and pick up any last minute gear that might be needed for your trip. The 10:30am tour time, will return our guests back to their strip pick up spot between 3:30-4:00pm. We do send an FAQ link with your booking confirmation email that helps the guest answer many questions about your tour. This is helpful to review before tour day. Next time I recommend our cheaper self drive option that skips the shuttle ride by letting you transport yourself to the river. We are glad to hear that you did enjoy the beauty of the Black Canyon while on tour. We appreciate your feedback and will continue to improve our communication with guests regarding what to expect during their tour.
realy perfect, highly recommended , a must do
perfect organanisation, best guide ever! highly recommended a great experience of nature in nature really great
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Great to know you enjoyed your tour with us! The Black Canyon and the Colorado River are scenic and amazing! Thanks so much for your 5 star review.
michelvn1, Aug 2022
Kayaking threw the black canyon was unbelievable. Our guide Celeste was very nice and knowledgeable.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thanks for the feedback on Celeste and your tour! The Black Canyon is truly amazing and graced with beauty. We appreciate the 5 star review!
Do it!!
Heidi_R, Aug 2022
Just awesome!! Celeste and Chad were phenomenal. Felt safe and had fun! The Colorado River was beautiful, the views were breathtaking. Definitely recommend!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Our guides know how to make this tour great for everyone! The Black Canyon is truly amazing and sure to amaze you with beautiful scenery! Thanks so much for your recommendation and great review.
Amazing adventure
Joseph_K, Aug 2022
We had an amazing adventure with our Guide Celeste. The water, canyon and weather was just absolutely wonderful
Response from Host, Aug 2022
We can always count on Celeste to deliver a fabulous kayaking experience. Thank you for the 5 star review and we hope to see you again!
Another great visit. So enjoyable!!
sarahjo33, Jul 2022
We were picked up on time from our hotel in a nice mini bus van. After collecting a few other passengers we were on our way. We stopped at the Hoover Dam hotel to sign waivers and nip to the shop if we wanted. Another short ride we were at Willow Beach, we were given instructions and help to get launched and we were off along the river. We were looked after by Seth and Chad who were brilliant, we were given quiz questions by Seth whilst waiting to get into the cave and some fun with the water pistols. After the cave we found a beach and could go for a swim and a short hike, Chad gave us loads of fun facts about the area. It was then a lovely kayak back to the start. We were delivered back to our hotel by Seth. This tour is great fun and the sights are amazing. Seth and Chad were brilliant and made the day more fun. You will not regret dping this trip, it's great to take you out of the hustle for a while. We will definitely be back. Thank you
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thanks so much for a great description of your tour with us. The entire staff works hard to coordinate and make your tour easy. After all you ARE on holiday! This is a great review and wonderful praise for our guides. We look forward to seeing you return.
Thank you, Greg and...
MinKyung_K, Jul 2022
Thank you, Greg and Zaikaya. Both of them were nice, well trained; Also, shared great histories about the beach. Stunning view, nice getaway from the Casino.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
It IS nice to get away from the strip for a day and see the beauty of the Black Canyon up close. Our guides enjoy sharing the history of the area while on tour ~ it is truly amazing! Thanks again for your 5 star review!
Best time ever
Timothy_J, Jul 2022
Everything was perfect. Our guide was friendly and fun to be around. Definitely a must do every year
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thanks so much for this 5 star review. Great to hear that the tour went well. We look forward to seeing you return for another tour!
Tour well worth it and more!
Crystal_M, Jul 2022
Crystal Lynn was an amazing tour guide. Definitely recommend her! The tour was everything I expected and more. It was nice for once not being asked for extra money for fuel cost unexpectedly like the Hoover dam tour bus did to my group. Our tour guide didn't even mention or ask for tips like the Hoover dam tour guide did. Our guide was awesome and we choose to give a generous tip as we were the only ones to do so because she deserved it! The views were breathtaking! Despite the water being 54 degrees, it was perfect for the 105 degree Vegas heat! Will definitely do this tour again. I was told by our tour guide that as far as she knows, Blazin Paddles is the only kayak tour that also offers twilight tours after the sun goes down! They will dock boats along the river near a small beach line and start a fire with s'mores and hotdogs etc!!! Would love to do that tour next time around! Definitely didn't feel rushed on this tour!!!!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thanks so much for this wonderful review! As you know, our guides work very hard to make the tour the best for you! We really appreciate the praise for all their hard work. We hope to see you on the Twilight tour in the future, it is an amazing time on the river after dark. Thanks again for the great review!