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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: Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane Tour

2. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane Tour

Get ready for a bird’s-eye view of one of the country’s most memorable natural wonders on this scenic airplane tour over the Grand Canyon. Benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off in Las Vegas and admire the canyon’s West Rim from above. Get picked up from your hotel in Las Vegas and head on down to Boulder Terminal for your check-in. Board the air-conditioned passenger aircraft, and prepare for take-off. Fly towards the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, passing over Lake Mead — the largest man-made lake in the US — and the Hoover Dam. Soar above the Colorado River and soak in the scenery as you cross into Arizona. Arrive at the Grand Canyon — a stunning natural phenomenon. Gaze out of the plane's large windows for panoramic views of the swirling colors and rock formations as you benefit from expert commentary in 1 of 16 languages. Enjoy the views on the way back to Boulder Terminal and be dropped off back to your hotel in Las Vegas, where your tour will end. You can request a commemorative flight certificate, and personalized photos are available to purchase.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Champagne

3. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Champagne

Marvel at the Grand Canyon from above on this popular helicopter tour from Las Vegas, with transfers included. Land on the canyon floor 3,500 feet below the rim to enjoy it up-close. Treat yourself to some champagne and refreshments while overlooking the Colorado River. After your Las Vegas pickup, experience a breathtaking helicopter flight over the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and Fortification Hill—an extinct volcano—along with many other awe-inspiring views. After descending 3,500 feet inside the Grand Canyon and Hualapai Indian Reservation, make sure to snap some photos after landing for some unforgettable souvenirs.  Take in the breathtaking views of the canyon and river in front of you. Then, enjoy a cool beverage, light snack, and champagne toast while sitting 300 feet above the impressive Colorado River.  Continue your journey through the beautiful Black Canyon as your return to the South Las Vegas terminal, then enjoy your transfer back to Las Vegas.  Upgrade your tour to include a flight over the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip and the city’s downtown area before heading home. This option includes the standard tour plus an additional flight over the world-famous Vegas Strip.

Valley of Fire Guided Hiking Tour from Las Vegas

4. Valley of Fire Guided Hiking Tour from Las Vegas

Experience the adventurous side of Las Vegas and spend your day hiking at the Valley of Fire State Park. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel, taking you away from the Strip and into nature! As you approach the entrance to the park you’ll have views of the Lake Mead Recreation Area in the distance. Lake Mead is the largest manmade lake in the United States. Choose from easy, moderate, or difficult hike options. During the tour your guide will share historical information about the Valley of Fire and the geology of the area. Admire petroglyph-covered walls as you trek through the desert wilderness in Nevada’s oldest State Park. As the hike continues you’ll experience mild to extreme rock scrambles that will take you to some of the most beautiful peaks and plateaus in southern Nevada. There is no shortage of excitement here, as these trails have been created with the adventurous spirit in mind. At the end of the hike you’ll stop at the park’s visitor center before returning to Las Vegas. Available Hikes: Easy (4 hours): This option is great for families and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. An easy walk allows you to see some of the many ancient petroglyphs in the park as well as finding natural arches that are hidden throughout the park. Moderate (4-5 hours): You’ll hike at a friendly pace, although a good level of fitness is required. Explore the dramatic red rock formations while you scramble and climb landscapes of boulders, crevasses, brush, peaks, and plateaus. Difficult (5-6 hours): This is a more intense activity than the moderate and easy hikes, and is recommended for avid hikers. You’ll cover more challenging terrain for the most captivating views!

From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Tour Experience

5. From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Tour Experience

Take an excursion from Las Vegas to the Hoover Dam, which has long been known as one of the engineering wonders of the world. When the Hoover Dam was completed in 1935 it was both the world's largest electric power-producing facility and the world's largest concrete structure. Currently it ranks as the world's 34th-largest hydroelectric generating station. During the half-day tour you’ll be able to view the 17 main turbines that generate a maximum of 2,074 megawatts of hydroelectric power. You’ll also take in views of the Dam and Lake Mead from the Arizona Lookout Point, the best viewing spot in the area. You also get an up-close look at the newly opened Hoover Dam bypass bridge, which is modern feat of engineering, soaring 900 feet above the Colorado River. This bridge is the longest and tallest arch bridge in the western hemisphere. Later, enjoy a spectacular vista of the Mike O'Callahan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which opened in 2010 and stretches nearly 2,000 feet in length. There is a paddle wheeler cruise on Lake Mead available as an option with this tour. Please note that this is not the Hard Hat Tour of the Hoover Dam.

Las Vegas: West Grand Canyon Helicopter Ticket with Transfer

6. Las Vegas: West Grand Canyon Helicopter Ticket with Transfer

Explore the Grand Canyon on a helicopter tour over the Western portion of the canyon. Capture pictures of the canyon and the Skywalk from Eagle Point. Immerse yourself in local culture with a visit to a Native American village. See the canyon from another perspective at Highpoint Hike. Your excursion to the Grand Canyon begins with a thrilling helicopter flight taking you over Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, Fortification Hill and Temple Rock. You’ll fly through the majestic Canyon on the way to Grand Canyon West, our primary destination. Once we land you’ll have about 3 hours to explore Grand Canyon West, taking in the various overlooks. Visit Eagle Point, where you’ll see the Skywalk, an amazing feat of engineering. From there go to a Native American village, where you’ll see the authentic dwellings of the Hualapai tribe. The next stops will be at Guano Point and “Highpoint Hike”, where you’ll have time to take photos of the breathtaking views of the Canyon and the Colorado River. You’ll also see remnants of the historic mining tram that stretched from this point across the Canyon.

Las Vegas: Roundtrip Flight to Grand Canyon & Hummer Tour

7. Las Vegas: Roundtrip Flight to Grand Canyon & Hummer Tour

Did you know that the Grand Canyon is only a 1-hour flight from Las Vegas? Make the most of your visit to the south-west and visit the spectacular Grand Canyon with an inclusive airplane tour directly from Las Vegas. This tour features a round-trip flight to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon from Boulder City Airport, just 30-minutes from the center of Las Vegas. The scenic flight includes a multi-lingual audio commentary designed to enhance your ability to identify famous landmarks below. On arrival at the Grand Canyon Airport, the tour continues via an open-air hummer vehicle into Grand Canyon National Park. Once inside Grand Canyon National Park, your guided tour will last approximately 3 hours with stops at many South Rim overlooks including the Bright Angel Lodge and Mather Point. In addition, you will have opportunities to discover the Grand Canyon independently. We encourage you to take advantage of the breathtaking views, photo opportunities, and souvenir shops! As your Grand Canyon excursion comes to an end, tour staff provides you with a box-lunch to enjoy while taking in one of the world’s natural wonders. Your return transportation from Grand Canyon National Park, including drop-off at your hotel, concludes your excursion to one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon North Tour w/Polaris Ranger or ATV

8. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon North Tour w/Polaris Ranger or ATV

Avoid the busy national park crowds, and experience rare sights in the heart of the Grand Canyon at Bar 10 Ranch. Fly to the Arizona Strip, just miles from the Northern Rim for breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon. Head off on an ATV or Polaris Ranger along a 4x4 trail through Whitmore Canyon and Lake Mead Recreation Area to the rim of the Grand Canyon. Take in the panoramic views at 3,000 feet above the Colorado River. Admire the unusual collection of desert vegetation and animal life. Back at Bar 10 Ranch, relax and enjoy an authentic Dutch oven barbecue lunch. Then, fly to and from Bar 10 Ranch aboard an aircraft specifically designed for “flightseeing,” and soak in the views over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the mighty Colorado River. Benefit from the high wings and large windows which offer the best views along with a comfortable climate-controlled cabin. After, stop in the gift shop to purchase photos or simply browse the souvenirs.

From Las Vegas: Eldorado Canyon ATV Tour & Gold Mine Visit

9. From Las Vegas: Eldorado Canyon ATV Tour & Gold Mine Visit

Experience the Wild West on this full-day ATV tour. Enjoy views of the beautiful desert landscape and sneak peeks of the Colorado River. Explore silver and gold mines from the 1800s, and recreate the Old West experience in a preserved mining town. This tour also includes a 2-seater option. Your guide will take you along old paths carved out of the mountainside that were originally used by mules pulling carts of minerals out of the mines. The scenic mountain path is surrounded by towering rock formations and cactus forests. Break for lunch with a visit to a restored mining town featuring sections of original mining camps from the 1800s. As you rest under a pavilion to enjoy your lunch, you can listen to the relaxing babble of a natural spring. The spring attracts a variety of local wildlife, and you can watch for bighorn sheep and desert foxes. After lunch, your guide will take you to the Techatticup Gold Mine. There you'll explore 3 different mineshafts to learn how men labored in search of gold. At its peak, Techatticup was Nevada’s largest producing mine, and the population of Eldorado Canyon exceeded that of modern-day Las Vegas.

Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Expedition

10. Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Expedition

Grab a window seat and get ready to set out on an inspiring voyage. From high in the sky to deep in the rainbow canyons of Nevada, this tour is an effortless way to experience scenic Page, Arizona. Sit back and listen as your pilot invites you to view majestic sites, including the Hoover Dam, Glen Canyon, and Lake Powell from a birds-eye view. You will then be transferred to Horseshoe Bend, where a short hike to the edge will allow you to look down the uniquely twisted cliffs to see the incredible Colorado River winding below. Continue to the entrance of Antelope Canyon for a guided tour of the world-famous slot canyons. Take full advantage of this photographer’s dream landscape and capture the sand and sun dancing off the ancient sandstone rock formations within the canyons. Sit back and listen as your pilot invites you to view the majesty of sites including the Hoover Dam, Glen Canyon, and Lake Powell from a birds-eye view. You will then be transferred to Horseshoe Bend, where a short hike to the edge will allow you to look down the uniquely twisted cliffs to see the incredible Colorado River winding below. Replenish yourself with a light meal between destinations.

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What people are saying about Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 252 reviews

The tour was amazing and informative! Love Hikes.com did an amazing job. Timely pick up and itinerary. Snacks and drinks provided! The tour guide, Nick, was fantastic. Polite, knowledgeable, and made sure to take care of everyone.

Our guide Christine was fabulous. From pick up to drop off she was so personable and made the experience top notch. She was also very knowledgeable on the area and plenty of fun facts. Would definitely recommend.

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.

HAD AN AMAZING TIME, MOSES WAS AWESOME TOUR GUIDE! VERY HELPFUL WITH PICTURE ANGLES AND A FUN RIDE OVER TO THE CANYONS!

Guide was great and the scenery was awesome. Highly recommend.