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Black Canyon, Arizona

Black Canyon, Arizona

Black Canyon, Arizona: Our most recommended tours and activities

Willow Beach: Black Canyon Kayak Half Day Tour-No Shuttle

1. Willow Beach: Black Canyon Kayak Half Day Tour-No Shuttle

Explore Black Canyon on a guided day tour. Kayak along the Colorado River, spotting wildlife as you go. Enjoy incredible views of the river and surrounding landscape. Discover the river's history and marvel at the stunning rock formation at Emerald Cave. Arrive at Willow Beach, AZ via your personal/rental vehicle 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 on your fully guided tour. Scour the banks to spot a variety of wildlife, including native Desert Big Horn Sheep, Bald Eagles, and Coyote. This tour includes visits to a historical overlook with awe-inspiring views of the legendary Colorado River, a visit to Emerald Cave, and a viewing of the 100-year-old river gauging station. Learn the history of the river and its many uses over the past 100 years from our knowledgeable Guides as they lead this 4-mile out-and-back paddling tour. Enjoy complimentary snacks and bottled water and enjoy the river as it unfolds before you. You will paddle back to your starting point at Willow Beach to complete the tour.

From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Kayak Tour

2. From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Kayak Tour

Experience an 8-kilometer guided kayaking tour in the spectacular Black Canyon on the Colorado River. Have the chance to observe golden eagles in their natural habitat and cruise into the shining Emerald Cove. Benefit from a shuttle service from Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Hotel and arrive in Willow Beach. Meet your guide and learn everything you'll need to know to be prepared for this amazing adventure. Paddle upstream through the steep, rocky walls of the canyon. Keep an eye out to spot desert wildlife like bighorn sheep, coyotes, bald eagles, and even golden eagles. Listen to interesting facts about the mighty Colorado River and the history of the Hoover Dam. Visit the Emerald Cove and find out why the water shines bright green, before making a stop to refuel with healthy snacks, fruit, and water.

From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Highlights Tour

3. From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Highlights Tour

Experience the top highlights of Hoover Dam on a half-day tour that is perfect for those who want to enjoy views overlooking Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the historic Boulder City. Depart from the Las Vegas Strip aboard a luxury motorcoach for a quick ride to Boulder City, home of the workers who built the Hoover Dam. The stop at this charming town includes a free visit to the Hoover Dam Museum, cafes, antique shops and a unique art walk featuring beautiful, bronze statues. Get stunning views of this "Man-Made Wonder of the World" from the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which gives an aerial view from 900 feet above the Colorado River and Black Canyon.  

From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Exploration Tour

4. From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Exploration Tour

Visit one of the Man-made Wonders of the World with a Hoover Dam half-day tour from Las Vegas. Start your excursion with a pickup from the Las Vegas strip and travel in comfort on a luxury motorcoach bus to the Hoover Dam.  Witness the majestic Hoover Dam from the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which gives spectacular views of the Colorado River and Black Canyon from 900 feet above. Explore the top of Hoover Dam and the Visitor Center for approximately 90 minutes, which offers fascinating historical exhibits and an observation deck. Get a guided tour of the generator room and learn about the historical significance of this great expanse and why this landmark is named "The Greatest Dam in the World." Also enjoy about a 30 minute stop in Boulder City's historic district to walk through the Hoover Dam Museum, see the famous bronze statues and maybe even stop in some of the antique shops.

Grand Canyon Helicopter Landing Tour with Vegas Strip

5. Grand Canyon Helicopter Landing Tour with Vegas Strip

Embark on a spectacular journey from Las Vegas to the magnificent West Rim of the Grand Canyon. Soar above the skies of historic landmarks and scenic desert beauty. See sights such as Hoover Dam, Black Canyon, Lake Mead, and the mighty Colorado River while you relax in the comfort of an EC-130 EcoStar helicopter. Upon entering the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, soar over Hualapai Land with views of the Skywalk Glass Bridge, the highest man-made structure in the world. As your helicopter descends 3,200 feet to the canyon floor, take in the magnificent beauty of the canyon rock surrounding you. On the bank beside the Colorado River, you can witness first hand the geological history of the rock formations within the West Rim's canyon walls. See the beautiful view of the amazing Colorado River as it flows along the canyon floor. Upon landing, time is allocated to walk around and explore ancient Hualapai land. Champagne and a light meal are served under a "Ramada", a traditional Hualapai Indian shelter. On your return flight, fly over the world famous Las Vegas Strip.

Vegas: Hoover Dam Ultimate Tour with Lunch and Comedy Show

6. Vegas: Hoover Dam Ultimate Tour with Lunch and Comedy Show

Join this fully guided VIP tour and experience the Walk On The Top tour, the Nevada Power Plant Tour, the Boulder Dam Museum, lunch at the Omelet House right on the outskirts of Las Vegas, and a visit to the Hoover Dam bypass bridge. Enjoy a fully guided walk over Hoover Dam and learn about the concrete, high scalers, depression, earthquakes, cableways, spillways, intake towers, outlet works, drought, wages, and tragic deaths. Once you leave Boulder City, head for lunch at the Omelet House on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Stop at the Las Vegas welcome sign and take some photos of the landmark, without having to wait in line. This tour also includes a special bonus - Complimentary tickets to the LA Comedy Club at the Strat! (a $45 value per ticket). All this and you'll be back in Las Vegas in the early afternoon.

Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Experience with Power Plant Tour

7. Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Experience with Power Plant Tour

Take in unique and beautiful views of the Black Canyon, the Colorado River, inside the Hoover Dam, and below and above the dam as well. Learn about the fascinating history of the concrete cavity arch dam that took over five years and nearly 50 million dollars to complete. Learn all about the history of the storied and enormous Hoover Dam as you visit the Hoover Dam visitor cente and the Hoover Dam PowerPlant at the bottom of the dam. Venture across the astounding second-highest bridge in the USA, the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, and take in the breathtaking views of the Black Canyon of the Colorado River and the massive Hoover Dam from above. Experience the Hoover Dam on a guided walking tour as you set foot on top of the Dam constructed by thousands of workers during the Great Depression. Marvel at the Hoover Dam from below, then discover the power plant and generator rooms that provide large amounts of power for parts of Nevada, Arizona, and California.

From Las Vegas: Black Canyon Half-Day Kayak Tour

8. 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, Bald Eagles and Coyote. This tour includes visits to an historical overlook with awe-inspiring views of the legendary Colorado River, a visit to Emerald Cave and viewing the 100 year old river gauging station. Learn the history of the river and its many uses over the past 100 years from our knowledgable Guides as they lead this 4 mile out-and -back paddling tour. Enjoy a complimentary snacks and bottled water and enjoy the river as it unfolds before you.

Hoover Dam: 90-Minute Midday Sightseeing Cruise

9. Hoover Dam: 90-Minute Midday Sightseeing Cruise

Experience the splendor of Lake Mead and see the Hoover Dam on a 90-minute narrated sightseeing cruise on the Desert Princess, a 3-level, Mississippi-style paddle-wheeler. Cruise across Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States, which provides water to the states of Nevada, Arizona and California. Learn about the history of Lake Mead and its evolution as one of the largest man-made lakes in the Western Hemisphere. The cruise then follows the Colorado River through Black Canyon to the Hoover Dam. Here you will learn about the construction of the Dam and the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge which lies beyond. The boat is equipped for maximum enjoyment, no matter the weather. The 1st and 2nd decks of the boat are enclosed with beautiful surrounding window views and are air-conditioned, while the top deck is an open-air observation deck with 360-degree panoramic views. Photographers love the colorful landscapes, ever-changing skies, and unrivaled panoramic views. The breathtaking landmarks include Fortification Hill (an extinct volcano), the Arizona Paint Pots and their wonderland of color, and the magnificent Hoover Dam. A full Bar and Grill is available on board to purchase lunch or cocktails throughout the cruise. This is an enjoyable cruise for any age.

From Las Vegas: Guided Emerald Cave Kayak Tour

10. From Las Vegas: Guided Emerald Cave Kayak Tour

Spend a day surrounded by clear water and natural landscapes on this guided kayaking tour starting from Las Vegas. Paddle along the Colorado River and see the Emerald Cave. This is a great tour option for both beginners and advanced paddlers alike. This kayaking tour paddles onto the Colorado River at various times in the morning, starting from Las Vegas and taking off into the water at Willow Beach, Arizona. An early morning tour lets you beat the heat and the crowds. The moment the paddle dips into the Colorado River, you'll be transported back in time. Paddle past historic sites of the 1920s era government project that gave life to the desert southwest. Venture into the Black Canyon narrows to explore the river that exists only an hour outside of the busy lights of the Las Vegas strip. Arrive at Emerald Cave and learn how to back up your kayak into the cave to get some unbeatable photos of the emerald green water. The cave itself is the cherry on top of a spectacular afternoon on this picturesque section of the river.

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Fantastic! Our guide, Jonathan Bautista made this tour so memorable and fun! He filled the trip with lots of laughter, great local info and history and kept us all together for an all around wonderful trip. We would do this tour again in a heartbeat!

We had the best experience and an amazing day out. Our guide Mellecia was a wonderful tour guide. She was friendly, sweet and helped us with everything we needed throughout our tour. It was worth the money we paid. Overall amazing experience.

Absolutely stunning place, would highly recommend to anyone that wants to see some natural beauty. Make sure you get the guide Jonny as he is fantastic

This was magical! If you have any chance at all to take this tour do it without hesitation. Sydney was our pilot and she was amazing.

This was awesome, our tour guide was Melissa. She was amazing! We went at 9 am and had the river to ourselves! It was beautiful!