Kayak Black Canyon
Black Canyon National Paddling Trail runs 30-miles from the base of Hoover Dam to Eldorado Canyon. The entire trail is magnificent, offering beaches, caves, coves, hot springs, wilderness, and solitude. However, the ‘money section’ is the first 11-miles above Willow Beach, which you can explore with either a full-day trip or a half-day trip.
The full-day trip launches just below Hoover Dam and requires you to obtain a National Park permit and launch with an approved vendor. You’ll access the upper half of Black Canyon, including Gold Strike Hot Springs, Arizona Hot Springs, and Sauna Cave. Both full-day and half-day tours access lower Black Canyon, including the spectacular Emerald Cave that sparkles like a gemstone when the sunlight enters it. However, half-day tours leave out of Willow Beach and paddle upstream.
If you’re going to paddle into shimmering caves, why not do it on a glass kayak? Vegas Glass Kayaks lets you do just that, with the best boat support on the river and boxed gourmet lunches to boot. They’re also an approved vendor, so they can launch you from Hoover Dam if you get your permit and are ready for an 11-mile paddle!