Kayak Trips in the Black Canyon
On the Colorado River
The Black Canyon of the Colorado River is the canyon below Hoover Dam, or the up lake portion of Lake Mojave.
This is a classic desert canyon with its harsh, rugged, rocky terrain. And in the bottom of that canyon the cool (actually very cold) waters of the Colorado make a fantastic counterpoint to all that desert harshness. With this cold water, this is a good place to paddle during the summer.
The put-in point for our Black Canyon trips is Willow Beach, Arizona (just an hour and a half from downtown Las Vegas, Nevada)...unless we're doing our Desert Adventure, in which case, we meet at a trail head, hike down to the Arizona Hot Springs, and then we'll paddle downstream to Willow Beach. It's a great place to view wildlife, not a trip goes by without some views of eagles, blue heron, or mountain sheep. See our page on Mojave Desert Flora and Fauna.
Here are some of the trips we do in the Black Canyon:
Map and Photos: Use this link to see an interactive map of these trips.
Contact us if you have questions.
This is a half-day trip of about a 4 mile round trip. It is upstream but only for about 2 miles.
This is a great short trip, not strenuous, with a great place or two to picnic, and good chances to see some wildlife.
Go here to see a web album of the petroglyphs near the Frogman.
This trip is about 8 miles round trip. It is up stream from Willow Beach. We call this beach 4-Mile Beach. It's a good place for a picnic. Nearby Crane's Nest Canyon makes for a beautiful short hike from the water.
As with every trip in the Black Canyon, it's very scenic with the good potential for wildlife sightings.
This is going downstream from Willow Beach. It is about a 10 mile round trip with good chances of wildlife sightings, some good places to picnic, or to take short side canyon hikes.
Kayak Lake Mead Kayaking Trips in the Black Canyon:
This is going upstream from Willow Beach. It is about a 16 mile round trip with good chances of wildlife sightings, some good places to picnic, or to take short side canyon hikes and of course - the goal is soaking in the hot springs!
This is going upstream from Willow Beach all the way to the dam (almost). This is a trip only for experienced, fit paddlers.
Contact us to get a quote or to schedule a trip or lesson on Lake Mead or in the Black Canyon.
Email us and we'll get back to you as soon as we're back in the office from kayaking:
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Kayaking & Hiking in the Black Canyon:
3 miles of hiking, a hot spring, 8 miles of paddling
8 miles of paddling, 2 miles of hiking
2 miles of paddling, 1 mile of hiking, but the hiking is tough!