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Willow Beach: Emerald Cave and Lake Mead Kayaking Tour

1. Willow Beach: Emerald Cave and Lake Mead 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. 

Grand Canyon: Antelope Canyon & River Adventure

2. Grand Canyon: Antelope Canyon & River Adventure

Enjoy an incredible day trip, which includes a spectacular scenic flight by airplane over the Grand Canyon National Park, Colorado River and Lake Powell.  Upon landing in Page, Arizona, embark on a guided ground tour of Antelope Slot Canyon. Explore the twists and turns of the carved walls and their beautiful radiant colors. Continue on your journey and board a river raft at the base of Glen Canyon Dam for a 15.5-mile smooth water float on the Colorado River.  Witness the rock formations and the canyon walls that rise hundreds of feet above you. Stop along the way to see ancient petroglyphs interpreted by your river guide. Your trip concludes with transfers through the Navajo Reservation and back to the Grand Canyon National Park Airport with a stop at Cameron Trading Post.

Grand Canyon: Glen Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Raft Trip

3. Grand Canyon: Glen Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Raft Trip

Ride a comfortable inflatable raft down the Colorado River on a thrilling day trip to explore the stunning Grand Canyon. Travel through the Navajo Indian Reservation and Painted Desert en route to Page, Arizona with views of the Grand Canyon’s Eastern Rim. Arrive at the base of Glen Canyon Dam and board a motorized raft for a guided trip.  Motor along effortlessly between canyon walls while travelling 15.5 miles on the river. Your guide will provide interesting facts about the history of the area, the ancient peoples who once lived there, and the rich animal and plant life. Each passenger will also receive a light box lunch to enjoy during their river float. Enjoy a stop along the river bank to take a short hike to see ancient petroglyphs and photo opportunities. Drift through the world-renowned Horseshoe Bend and end your raft tour at historic Lee’s Ferry. From here, a vehicle will take you back to your accommodation, with a stop at the Cameron Trading Post along the way.

Scottsdale: Half-Day Lower Salt River Rafting Tour

4. Scottsdale: Half-Day Lower Salt River Rafting Tour

Cool off and explore the beautiful Sonoran Desert with a guided Salt River rafting trip on the Lower Salt River in the Tonto National Forest. Arrive at 7:30 AM at the local supplier's office in North Scottdale, then travel 35 minutes to the start point just outside the eastern metro area. Get kitted out with all necessary equipment then head out onto the water.  The Salt River is a scenic, Class I (the easiest rating on the international scale of river difficulty) waterway which provides some of the best wildlife and bird watching opportunities in the Southwest. The water flow on the river varies seasonally, based on this your guide will choose from a number of put‐in/take‐out locations in order to ensure guests have the best river rafting experience. Whilst light paddling is required, your experienced rafting guide will do most of the work, so you can sit back and enjoy the view. Water temperatures are in the 60s in the winter and rise to low 80s in the summer months. Swimming is possible year‐round, but the water may be chilly in January. Tours typically last about 4 hours and water and snacks will be provided for the duration of the tour.

Grand Canyon West: Self-Drive Whitewater Rafting Tour

5. Grand Canyon West: Self-Drive Whitewater Rafting Tour

Take a road trip to Peach Springs, Arizona, home of the Hualapai, at the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Park up at the meeting point and hop on the bus which will take you to the starting point of your rafting adventure with an experienced guide. Challenge the mighty Colorado River’s varied rapids on a 40-mile journey through the canyon, taking a side hike to a travertine waterfall along the way. With your guide paddle on class 3 to class 6 rapids on your adventure through the Grand Canyon. Make a few stops throughout the activity and discover hidden chasms and waterfalls. Be sure to bring your camera for incredible photo opportunities. Enjoy a boxed lunch in the solitude of the canyon. After your journey down the river, a bus will pick you up and take you back to your car at the meeting point.

From Flagstaff or Sedona: Full-Day Colorado River Float Trip

6. From Flagstaff or Sedona: Full-Day Colorado River Float Trip

Your Colorado River rafting float tour starts off with a scenic, narrated ride from the Red Rocks of Sedona, through Oak Creek Canyon (one of the top 10 scenic drives in America) and the towering Ponderosa Pines of Flagstaff. Your Colorado River rafting tour will take you past the dormant volcanoes which make up the San Francisco Peaks, and through the Navajo Nation. Throughout the day, you'll receive informative and entertaining narration about the areas through which you pass from some of the most experienced and knowledgeable tour guides from the Sedona and Flagstaff areas. Upon arrival in Page, Arizona, pass through a spectacular 2-mile tunnel through the cliff walls of Glen Canyon and arrive at the base of the Glen Canyon Dam. Float through Glen Canyon's towering walls along a gentle stretch of the Colorado River just south of Lake Powell and the mighty Glen Canyon Dam. Sit back and relax as your river guide leads you on a breathtaking journey of colorful rock formations, soaring wildlife, and ancient Native American petroglyphs. Stop off for an easy hike to get a closer look at the petroglyphs, and enjoy an amazing picnic lunch on the banks of the river. Your river journey ends at Marble Canyon and historic Lees Ferry, featuring cabins left behind by the early pioneer settlers. On the return trip from your Colorado River rafting float tour, pass by the Echo Cliffs and western edge of the Painted Desert as you re-cross the Navajo Reservation for a stop at historic Cameron Trading Post. Shop for Native American arts and crafts and visit the gallery, home of many fine and rare pieces of Native American arts and crafts.

Grand Canyon Full-Day Whitewater Rafting from Las Vegas

7. Grand Canyon Full-Day Whitewater Rafting from Las Vegas

Thought that the best views of the Grand Canyon were from the top? Try whitewater rafting along the Colorado River, past the Grand Canyon's sheer cliffs! Start your journey by hiking up to Travertine Falls with your Hualapai Guide who will teach you about his native heritage as you discover this natural waterfall. Keep your eyes open for local wildlife and enjoy a delicious lunch along the banks of the river. Your whitewater rafting adventure includes smooth water and class 3 and 5 rapids. Itinerary • Las Vegas to Kingman Arizona, including a stop for a light breakfast • Depart Kingman Arizona for Peach Springs Arizona and rafting check-in • Depart Peach Springs by bus for the base of the Grand Canyon • Receive safety instructions, life vest, and assigned raft number • Depart on your raft and enjoy several rapids, class 3-5 • Stop for lunch at Travertine Mineral Spring Waterfalls, rope stair climb, and enjoy a deluxe boxed lunch • Enjoy the afternoon seeing fantastic views inside the Grand Canyon. Hear about the fascinating history of the Hulapai Native Americans and the history of the mighty Colorado from your Hulapai guide • Meet your van driver/tour guide for the drive back to Las Vegas

From Moab: Cataract Canyon Whitewater Rafting Experience

8. From Moab: Cataract Canyon Whitewater Rafting Experience

Join this tour to experience the world-famous 100-mile section of the Colorado River that passes through Canyonlands National Park and through 30 world-class rapids.   Watch for wildlife as you take in the canyon vistas along the easy stretches of the river. Rafting the Colorado River on a RHIB means there is time for swimming, hiking and relaxing in the shade. Canyonlands National Park is an outstanding wilderness setting, offering great opportunities for taking photos.  Enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the river. Downstream we pass the Confluence of the Green River and Colorado River, and enter the much-anticipated whitewater section. The special whitewater RHIB (rigid hull inflatable boat) will provide you with a fun and stable ride. These small and competent crafts navigate the thrilling whitewater of the North Seas, Hell-to-Pay, and Big Drop rapids. After hitting the rapids, a 30-mile run across Lake Powell brings you to the end of our trip. You will leave the water at Hite Marina. Return to Moab by ground transportation included in the price.

From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Raft Tour

9. From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Raft Tour

Head out of the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas to explore the Hoover Dam on a raft on the Colorado River. See this impressive feat of engineering from a different perspective as you float on the river. Take in the striking landscape surrounding you on the drive out as well as while on site. Leave Las Vegas and head toward Boulder City on a short drive. Stop at Hoover Dam Lodge to board your specially permitted vehicle with access to the Colorado River at the base of Hoover Dam. Once there, climb aboard your raft to float on the peaceful river and enjoy a breathtaking view of the magnificent Hoover Dam. Appreciate the monumental build as well as the natural beauty of the river, canyon, and wildlife surrounding the area. View the Hoover Dam, the bypass bridge, and journey just far enough down river to feel the canyon’s surreal setting. See the concrete slabs, steps, and rails up close used to build the dam, and see the Old Catwalk, Gauging Station, and removed rock hillsides.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 10 reviews

Today was such a blast! Our guide Max was awesome and he made sure we were loaded on snacks, water and lots of cheer to keep going ! The views are breathtaking and the cave is pretty cool, the hike after getting into the cave is little but necessary as your legs need the stretch to get back and when you get to the top you’ll be quite amazed as me and my family were. We had a great time and Max made sure we had everything we needed to have a comfortable and enjoyable time. It’s a challenging trip for beginners as myself but still possible!!!!

This trip was fabulous! The guides were so organized and accommodating. We had such a fun time and Jordan was excellent! He shared some great info about the surroundings and answers all our questions. Highly recommend this for visitors that want to see some beautiful scenery and get some lovely pictures. We we’re pleased to see some wild horses during our trip as well! It was an excellent trip!

Robert was a great guide. The tour was just great. The Colorado River and the surrounding rocks were very impressive. However, the swimming is really only for "hard-nosed", the water is really cold.

Gage was an awesome guide! Made the experience fun and relaxed. Would recommend to anyone looking to enjoy the river and scenery. The cave/cove was neat, definitely a good halfway turnaround spot.

Our guide was really nice and the experience was really fun. Beautiful views!