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  • From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Kayaking Day Trip

    1. From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Kayaking Day Trip

    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 gu...

    This tour was amazing and perfect for first time kayakers. It became a little tiring due to unexpected high winds, but I'd do it again. Our guide, Zach, was terrific and very patient and understanding as several of us went astray on multiple occasions. I didn't feel rushed or like a burden. He took time to allow us breaks to rest and take in the beautiful scenery. He also provided snacks and water at every stop. He took plenty of pictures of us to ensure we had the perfect backdrops and some good action photos. Just a heads up, the "cave" isn't very large at all but still worth the visit for beautiful pics with the breathtaking water color. Best time to go for perfect sunlight in the cove is approx between noon and 3 PM. Even if you miss the window, the experience itself is worth it. Riverdogz was the name of the company.

  • From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Kayaking Tour

    2. From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Kayaking Tour

    Start with pickup from one of the resort hotels on the Las Vegas strip and travel towards Black Canyon of 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.

  • From Las Vegas: Black Canyon Half-Day Kayak Tour

    3. 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.

    Our first Kayak experience was educational and fun! For our 1st time (tandem kayak)the 3 hr. tour on the water was a great introduction on the Colorado river. Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided lots of information as we traveled to and from Willow Beach. We were picked up at a hotel in Las Vegas and it took about 30 minutes to arrive. Instructions were given for getting in/out of the kayak, paddling, and putting on/off your life jacket, plus other little tidbits on the kayak itself. Emerald Cave was much smaller than I expected (from the website pics) and to see the colors the westerly sun needs to hit the inside of the cave for all the colors. Overall I'm happy we had the adventure!

  • From Las Vegas: Black Canyon Twilight Kayak Tour

    4. From Las Vegas: Black Canyon Twilight Kayak Tour

    Be picked up from the Las Vegas Strip by shuttle bus and travel to the river for your twilight kayaking tour. With your guide, launch the kayaks from Willow Beach with plenty of light left to enjoy the beautiful Black Canyon. After a two-mile paddle, watch the sunset from an overlook of the peaceful Colorado River. Continue paddling down the river to a quiet shore. Help set up the campfire and get toasting hotdogs and marshmallows. On the way back downstream, light up the kayaks so they glow in the dark as the stars start to shine. Enjoy the peaceful and quiet paddle back to Willow Beach.

    Chris and Greg are amazing guides!! Sooo informative. Everything is taken care of for you! Great for beginners because you can tandem with a guide. The sights are one of a kind.

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What people are saying about Emerald Cave

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 201 reviews

This tour was amazing and perfect for first time kayakers. It became a little tiring due to unexpected high winds, but I'd do it again. Our guide, Zach, was terrific and very patient and understanding as several of us went astray on multiple occasions. I didn't feel rushed or like a burden. He took time to allow us breaks to rest and take in the beautiful scenery. He also provided snacks and water at every stop. He took plenty of pictures of us to ensure we had the perfect backdrops and some good action photos. Just a heads up, the "cave" isn't very large at all but still worth the visit for beautiful pics with the breathtaking water color. Best time to go for perfect sunlight in the cove is approx between noon and 3 PM. Even if you miss the window, the experience itself is worth it. Riverdogz was the name of the company.

From the pick up to the drop off, this was well worth what I paid. The driver was very courteous and knowledgeable. He was one of the guides that went with us. It was a beautiful day.

Chris and Greg are amazing guides!! Sooo informative. Everything is taken care of for you! Great for beginners because you can tandem with a guide. The sights are one of a kind.

Such an incredible kayak, between the great guide, the views, the emerald cave, the beautiful clear water and amazing mountains in the horizon! Would definitely do it again.

Wonderful trip- Reid was a great tour guide. Highly recommend this tour