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Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon - Self Drive
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Overview

Skip the crowds and hassle of bus tours with this half-guided, half-self-drive Colorado River tour. Make your own way to the launch point at Willow Beach; board a kayak, and then paddle into the Black Canyon. Along the way, take in the desert scenery and look out for wildlife including big horn sheep, coyotes and bald eagles.
  • Colorado River guided kayaking tour of the Black Canyon
  • Skip the hassle of bus tours by driving there yourself
  • Small-group kayak tour (maximum 14 people)
  • Take in desert scenery and spot wildlife such as coyotes and eagles
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Personal gear (dry bags, water shoes, etc.) May be available for purchase...
$25 Entrance fee into National Recreational Area, waived with National Park Pass

Departure Point

25804 N Willow Beach, Willow Beach, AZ 86445, USA

When entering the marina keep going until you get to the primitive craft beach(on your left). Will see orange tie dye kayaks on the beach. Entrance Fee $25 per car, unless you have a National Park Pass. NO Uber/ Lyfts/Taxis... Only recommended for those with a vehicle. No service.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

25804 N Willow Beach, Willow Beach, AZ 86445, USA

Meet @ Primitive Craft Beach. Drive until you see a dirt parking lot on your right and water on your left. You will see our orange tie dye kayaks on the dirt beach to the left. Entrance Fee $25 per car, National Park Pass=free entry NO Uber/Lyft/Taxi Only recommended for those with a vehicle.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Blazin Paddles LLC
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What time do we need to arrive for the Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon?
A:Your selected departure time is the time the tour is scheduled to be on the water. The meet time is normally about 15 minutes before this "launch time." Your tour guides will have you sign a waiver and give you a safety briefing before starting.
Aug 2021
Q:
How far from Las Vegas is the departure point for the Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon?
A:It generally takes a little over an hour to get from Las Vegas to Willow Beach. Please be sure to leave early to assure you arrive on time for departure.
Aug 2021
Q:
Can I take an Uber/Lyft/Taxi to the departure point for the Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon?
A:This tour is only recommended for those with a vehicle they can drive. Car service can take you one way, but there is typically no return service available. If you require transport from Las Vegas, search "39939P2" for the tour with transportation.
Aug 2021
Q:
How much is the National Park Entrance fee?
A:Entrance into the park is $25 per vehicle, or if you have a National Parks pass it is free. You can also buy a National Parks pass at the gate for $80 and it will get you into any National Park for free for a year from purchase.
Aug 2021
Q:
Can I participate in the Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon if I've never kayaked before?
A:Whether this is your first time in a kayak or you are a seasoned veteran; all skill levels are invited to enjoy the Black Canyon! The crystal clear water of the Colorado River is quite tame in this area since you will be paddling between two dams.
Aug 2021
Q:
What kind of distance do we kayak during the Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon?
A:This tour is approximately 4 miles round-trip on smooth, mostly flat water.
Aug 2021
Q:
What should I wear for the Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon?
A:Wear closed-toe water shoes or sneakers that can get wet. Dress according to the weather, ideally in athletic / outdoor-type clothing that dries fast. Wear your swimsuit under your clothes. Also, bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Aug 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon?
A:You will need a government-issued picture ID. You might want to bring cash to spend at the Marina store or for gratuities. Please leave bulky items at home, in your hotel, or car as there is no storage area. Bring a towel if you plan to swim.
Aug 2021
Q:
Will I be in a single or a tandem kayak during the Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon?
A:You may choose between a single or tandem kayak (based on availability). If you have a preference, please list it in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout; otherwise, you can make your request on the day of departure.
Aug 2021
Q:
Why would I want to select a tandem (double) kayak for the Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon?
A:If you have never been kayaking, weigh less than 120lbs, or it’s been a while since you’ve hit the gym; you may want to use a double kayak. Not only are double kayaks easier to paddle, but they are also less likely to flip.
Aug 2021
Q:
Can I participate in the Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon if I don't know how to swim?
A:If you are willing to face your fears of the water, you are welcome to join the tour. It is the law enforced by the National Park Rangers to be wearing your life jacket when on the water at all times, so it is not required that you know how to swim.
Aug 2021
Q:
Will I get wet during the Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon?
A:The answer to this one is easy, YES! Best-case scenario you will be getting at least knee-deep in the water! Please dress accordingly in bathing suits and non-cotton t-shirts. Fast-drying athletic clothing is always best.
Aug 2021
Q:
Do we visit Emerald Cave during the Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon?
A:Absolutely - Emerald Cave is a very beautiful part of the tour. The cave itself is relatively small and is popular due to the water lighting up in beautiful emerald green colors. Note: lighting is subject to good (sunny) conditions and time of day.
Aug 2021
Q:
Can I bring my young child with me on the Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon?
A:Kids 14 and up, who are athletic, have been very successful on their own in a single kayak on the half-day tour unless the wind comes up. Children under 14 should be in a double kayak with a parent.
Aug 2021
Q:
Will I see wildlife during the Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon?
A:There is always a possibility of seeing some of the desert wildlife during your tour. All guides are habitually on the lookout to spot bighorn sheep, coyotes, eagles, and much more for you!
Aug 2021
Q:
Will I be able to swim during the Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon?
A:Absolutely! There will be at least one stop at a beautiful beach where you can enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River!
Aug 2021
Q:
How stable are the kayaks used during the Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon?
A:You will be in a top-of-the-line 15 -17 foot touring kayak that glides smoothly on the water. Flipping, although rare, does happen from time to time. All of our guides are trained to get you back into your boats safely and in a timely fashion.
Aug 2021
Q:
Can I bring my own snacks/drinks with me on the Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon?
A:Snacks and bottled water are provided, however, you may bring your own if you'd prefer. Note: alcohol is not permitted at any time before or during the tour.
Aug 2021
Q:
Should I bring my camera with me on the Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon?
A:Absolutely! You will have breathtaking scenic views all day. There are storage compartments on your kayak. However, they only work when you fit the cap on correctly. To protect your camera, please bring a dry bag or waterproof phone case.
Aug 2021
Q:
Is there a weight or height limit to participate in the Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon?
A:There is no set weight limit because fitting in a kayak has more to do with your body shape than your weight. The porthole seats in the kayaks are about 18in in width (hip to hip).
Aug 2021
Q:
Can I bring my dog with me on the Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon?
A:Pets are not allowed on kayak tours for safety reasons.
Aug 2021
Q:
What if the weather is bad the day of my Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon?
A:Tours run rain or shine. However, in rare cases of weather that is deemed unsafe, the tour may be canceled. If this happens, you may reschedule or receive a full refund.
Aug 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon - Self Drive?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon - Self Drive.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon - Self Drive?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon - Self Drive.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon - Self Drive?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Half Day Kayak Tour in the Black Canyon - Self Drive.

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star-5
Kayaking <3
Daisy_M
, Jan 2022
The water was beautiful and the whole experience was so amazing. Will definitely do again when me and my husband come back to Vegas!:)
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Amazing experiences are what we hope for on this tour! Thanks so much for the 5 Star review!
star-5
Great half-day kayak trip in the Black Canyon
Sandra_J
, Jan 2022
Highly recommend this tour company. Great customer service. McKenna was an excellent guide! We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the river with her!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thanks for the kind words and the great review! The river is amazing and Makenna is a wonderful guide! Glad to hear you enjoyed your time on the river!
star-5
J&J Kayak Day!
julielane1229
, Nov 2021
We had a beautiful day on the colorado with Griff and Seth as tour guides. They were very knowledgeable and fun to be with. The emerald cave, as they explained wasn’t at it’s perfect time of the day for color, but we thought it was beautiful!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
We are definitely having perfect weather and beautiful days! So glad to hear your experience was beautiful as well and you enjoyed your time with Seth and Griffin. ~ Kelly
star-5
Black Canyon half day Kayak tour.
Catherine_W
, Nov 2021
It was a great trip. Our guide, Greg, was great. I have amazing photos, but they won’t upload so just suffice it to say it was well worth the money.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review!
star-5
Awesome
Paul_M
, Nov 2021
Great tour! Great experience! I highly recommend doing this! First time in a kayak and first time on the Colorado river. It was amazing !
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you so much for your recommendation!! We welcome guests with all skill levels and are so glad you came out with us and you had a amazing time :) ~ Kelly
star-5
Jamaica was a great guide
Candice_B
, Oct 2021
This was a fun experience, I was looking for a little cave experience but it's more like an alcove. So that was disappointing but it was still fun and had crystal clear very cold water.
star-5
The guide was very...
steve_p
, Oct 2021
The guide was very helpful and knowable about anything we asked him. The tour was in a great location and was as relaxing as a kayaking tour could be.
star-5
Our journey
George_C
, Sep 2021
Everything to mountains to the history and the tour guide !I highly recommend blazzing paddles . I will def do this again
star-5
Kayak Journey
RHONDA_R
, Sep 2021
The whole journey was great. Perfect weather at 90 degrees. Great guide (Krystal) Beautiful views. The cove is worth the wait.. Small, but pretty. Plenty of water and snacks were available. Breaks were given.
star-5
Amazing. Tour! Deff must see!
Maria_A
, Sep 2021
Absolutely loved this tour , our tour guides John and Celeste were amazing, while John made the experience fun and outgoing Celeste was knowledgeable and just a beautiful soul all together! I would deff do the full day ! If you’re sharing a kayak! Is all about working together and communication ! But ultimately brings you closer with your partner. Enjoyed our trip very much! Deff a must do the water when the sun hits it ! It is stunning!
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