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From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Half-Day Kayak Tour

1. From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Half-Day Kayak Tour

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 guide will share history about the River Gaugers. After a quick pit stop for some snacks and refreshments, head back to the river with cool, flowing water that stays at 12 degrees all year round. Soak up the picturesque natural attractions as you meander your way back to your launching point, before catching your ride back to Sin City.

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Mesa, Arizona: Self-Guided Kayak Trip on Saguaro Lake

2. Mesa, Arizona: Self-Guided Kayak Trip on Saguaro Lake

Experience the spectacular landscapes of the Tonto National Forest on a self-guided kayaking tour around Saguaro Lake. Paddle through canyons, see beautiful desert scenery, and discover the local flora and native wildlife from a unique perspective. Escape the heat and feel refreshed by one of the most stunning lakes of Arizona. Travel at your own pace, giving you the opportunity to truly take in the picturesque views. Start with an orientation of basic safety and paddling instructions. The “sit-on-top”-style kayaks are very stable and easy to maneuver. Before you know it you’ll be paddling below thousand-foot cliffs. Explore the lake's glimmering waters and discover coves and craggy shorelines. Keep your eyes open for the native wildlife native to the Tonto National Forest.

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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.

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Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Transportation

4. Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Transportation

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.

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From Las Vegas: Self-Drive Emerald Cave Kayaking Tour

5. From Las Vegas: Self-Drive Emerald Cave Kayaking Tour

Discover a kayaker’s dream destination – the Emerald Cave and Willow Beach – on this kayaking tour from Las Vegas with a guide and unlimited snacks and drinks. Swim in the cave’s enchanting green water and keep an eye out for wildlife. After meeting your guide, start with a quick kayaking lesson before gearing up and getting on your kayak. When paddling toward Emerald Cave, take a break from kayaking and explore breathtaking views of the entire canyon. Get your cameras ready for the desert bighorn sheep, blue heron, and bald eagles. Marvel at the canyon walls lining Emerald Cave that are 5,000 to 7,000 feet high. During the tour, get the chance to swim in the mystical green water of the Colorado River. When the sun shines at the right angle, reflections off the sediment on the cave walls make the river water look bright green. The outdoor adventure Sherpa shares that the cave's green waters shine the brightest during the spring and summer months. 

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Phoenix & Scottsdale: Lower Salt River Kayaking Tour

6. Phoenix & Scottsdale: Lower Salt River Kayaking Tour

Experience the adventure of a lifetime in a desert oasis as you take a guided kayak tour through Salt River. This lush stretch of water is only a short drive from Phoenix. Spend your morning paddling along green riverbanks, and marvel at towering red cliffs. Don't forget to look for wild horses, bald eagles, and other desert wildlife along the way. Avoid crowds and take advantage of all the natural beauty the river has to offer. Enjoy a swim in the cool waters, and see the desert as you've never seen it before. This unique experience is perfect for all skill levels, and for groups, individuals, and families.

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Phoenix & Scottsdale: Saguaro Lake Kayaking Tour

7. Phoenix & Scottsdale: Saguaro Lake Kayaking Tour

Paddle through gorgeous Saguaro Lake on a kayak with this guided desert tour. Enjoy hours on the water with your experienced guide, splashing, relaxing, and viewing unique wildlife. The lake is an indispensable oasis in the vast Sonoran Desert, attracting a multitude of birds and wildlife.   Kayaking in Arizona is a unique experience, which offers you the chance to see desert bighorn sheep and bald eagles. Take time to appreciate the surrounding mountain peaks, giant saguaro cactus, and flora, only found in this distinctive ecosystem. Your guides are always available to teach you the natural history of the area and give you expert paddling instruction. This tour is available for individuals and groups, and is perfect for paddlers of all experience levels.

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From Las Vegas: Black Canyon Twilight Kayak Tour

8. 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.

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From Las Vegas: Guided Colorado River Kayak Tour with Lunch

9. From Las Vegas: Guided Colorado River Kayak Tour with Lunch

Spend a day surrounded with natural landscapes on this group kayaking tour with shuttle service from Las Vegas. Snap pictures at Emerald Cave, enjoy a delicious catered lunch on a deserted beach, explore the bends of the Colorado river and take a refreshing dip. Be picked up from the Las Vegas Strip and swept away to a section of the Colorado River that is an oasis in the middle of the Mojave Desert. See breathtaking geological formations, abundant wildlife, and learn some fascinating history. Get basic safety and kayaking instruction before your adventure begins. Pause to replenish yourself with drinks and snacks before embarking on a short hike to get views of the canyon. Continue on to Emerald Cave where you can go into the caves and take pictures with the shimmering green water. Travel further up the canyon for a nice lunch on an empty beach. Take some time to to explore and swim. After lunch, the tour will head back to the launch site where the shuttle will be waiting to return everyone to the Las Vegas Strip.

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Phoenix: Lake Kayaking & Paddle Boarding Tour

10. Phoenix: Lake Kayaking & Paddle Boarding Tour

Enjoy a fun and relaxing tour on Saguaro Lake, situated between the rugged Superstition Mountains and the towering Four Peaks. Try your hand at either paddling an inflatable kayak or balancing and manoeuvring a stand-up paddle board. The lake is an indispensable oasis in the vast Sonoran Desert, attracting a multitude of birds and wildlife.  Take the time to appreciate the surrounding mountain peaks, giant saguaro cactus, and flora unique to this ecosystem. Your guides are always available to teach you the natural history of the area and give you expert paddling instruction. Spot many importance species of wildlife in this diverse desert reservoir, such as bald eagles, desert bighorn sheep, and numerous examples of reptiles and amphibians. As a foraging area of the famous Salt River horses, you can marvel at these beautiful animals as they graze along the shore. This tour is suitable for all ages and ability levels. The inflatable kayaks are stable and easy to manoeuvre, creating the perfect platform for splashing, relaxing, or wildlife viewing. The SUPs offer a more playful technique, and even if you have no prior experience, you'll learn to balance, kneel, or stand on the board within no time. You may opt to trade watercraft with your fellow paddlers mid-tour, or stick with one discipline.

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What people are saying about Arizona

A more than excellent service, I had an error in the location of the pickup and even so they did everything possible to locate me. The treatment of the two people on the tour was super special and the tour more than I really imagined, the guide was very patient, jobial and very very helpful. 100% recommended.

Was great!!! What a beautiful scenario and good exercise, too. Jason, the tour guide, is fantastic. He was really fun.

OUTSTANDING!! Loved Nick!! We are coming back!! His patience, humor, knowledge was impressive!! LOVED EVERY MINUTE!!

Nick was an awesome guide. Very informative. Beautiful kayak trip on the Colorado River. Highly reccomend!

Loved the adventure. Excellent guides and fun group. Totally recommended.