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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. 

From Las Vegas: Colorado River Black Canyon Kayaking Tour

2. From Las Vegas: Colorado River Black Canyon Kayaking 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.

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What people are saying about Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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!!!!

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.

It was awesome. Zach was a great guide. Very helpful and easy to talk with on the trip. Plenty of water and snacks.

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