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Emerald Cave Kayak Trip Near Las Vegas

Willow Beach, United States
Emerald Cave Kayak Trip Near Las Vegas

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Paddle along the Colorado River and look out for local wildlife at the same time on this kayaking adventure from Willow Beach. No need to worry about getting lost, as a guide leads the way and reveals the history of the Black Canyon. The highlight is the Emerald Cave—and you can paddle inside it, and stop for a photo break too.
  • No need to bring kit with you—a kayak, paddle, and rudders are provided
  • Look out for local wildlife—such as bald eagles and bighorn sheep
  • A safe experience with a life vest included and a guide to lead the way
  • See a natural wonder that would be hard to get to otherwise—Emerald Cave
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Performance Kayaks with Rudders
Paddle and Life Vest
Bottled water
Park Entrance Fees - $25
Transportation is not included. Guests meet at Willow Beach.

Departure Point

V89P+3PH Willow Beach, AZ, USA

You will meet us at the Personal Watercraft Beach. Continue straight, the Personal Watercraft Beach is on your left hand side as you enter into the Willow Beach area. Entrance Fee into the park is $25 per vehicle. If you have an Annual National Park Pass, that will allow access as well.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • WE OFFER A DIFFERENT REFUND POLICY THAN VIATOR/TRIPADVISOR. PLEASE READ! Cancellations made 14 days in advance will receive a full refund less a 20% cancellation fee. Cancellations made within 3-13 will receive a 50% refund. There are no refunds for any reason within 48 of departure. This includes personal illness, injury, and COVID. We reserve the right to cancel or change routes due to weather, road closures, or unsafe conditions. If we do, we will reschedule, issue a credit or refund payments depending on individual circumstances. We do not cancel for heat, rain, or normal wind conditions. It is recommended to purchase travel insurance.
  • This is a self-driving tour. We do not offer hotel pickup and drop off. Prepare yourself for travel time, it is an hour to 1 1/2 hour from Las Vegas. It is important that your group is on time. There is no cell service to alert your driver if you are late. There are no refunds if you are a no show or arrive after the guide has left.
  • Tour is not confirmed until a Reservation Specialist has called to finalize details of the trip. Please be available to take a call from Desert Adventures to confirm your booking.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • The Willow Beach Marina is at 25804 North Willow Beach - Willow Beach, AZ 86445.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Desert Adventures
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • 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.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Emerald Cave Kayak Trip Near Las Vegas?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Emerald Cave Kayak Trip Near Las Vegas.
What is the policy on sanitization during Emerald Cave Kayak Trip Near Las Vegas?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Emerald Cave Kayak Trip Near Las Vegas.
What is the social distancing policy during Emerald Cave Kayak Trip Near Las Vegas?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Emerald Cave Kayak Trip Near Las Vegas.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Emerald Cave Kayak Trip Near Las Vegas?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Emerald Cave Kayak Trip Near Las Vegas.

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Traveler Tips

  • "We would highly recommend this trip if you want to leave the Vegas strip and take in the beauty of the canyon." See review
  • "If you are lucky enough to get Neil as your guide then you are in GREAT hands." See review


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The highlight of my trip
, Aug 2021
We did our tour with Luke and he made sure we were hidrated at all times . Explain what we were gonna do and gave us introductions for beginners that help us even though we had done it in Hawaii two months ago . Luke made our trip fun and I learned so much about the Colorado River history . The view and picture were amazing. I love how they do small groups so you get the attention from your instructor and makes the trip more personal .
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Jackie, We're so glad you enjoyed your trip. We hope to see you again for your next adventure!
Relaxing Adventure
, Jul 2021
Our first time kayaking and it was amazing. So relaxing and beautiful. We would do it again. Neil and Luke was outstanding. Enjoyed learning about the history.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
HI Timika, We are so happy that you enjoyed your day and great job trying something new. We hope to see you again for another adventure sometime!
Wonderful scenery
, Jul 2021
Was a peaceful and relaxing trip down the river. Our tour guy was very sweet. Wish the Emerald Cove was more like the pictures. Wasn't what I expected.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi Courtney, Thank you for the review. We are glad you had a good time on your tour. We are sorry that it wasn't exactly as you expected, but we get it. Sometimes Emerald Cave is more brilliant than others. We hope to see you again for another adventure on the beautiful Colorado River!
great kayaking trip
, Jul 2021
It was My sister and I, first time kayaking, we used a double kayak, i do recommend if it's your first time kayaking, use a single kayak and go solo, we struggled a little but our guide Neil came to the rescue and showed a few pointers. Neil was great and the cave was very cool.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi Sandy, We're so glad you had a great time. We hope you can join us again in the future!
Recommend for a beginner!
, Jul 2021
We had a wonderful experience. Our tour guide was so helpful and patient with me. We would go again with the same tour guide. Sorry I don’t remember her name.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi Linda, We're so glad you had a great time! We hope you can join us again soon!
Fun, easy paddle.
, Jul 2021
The view from the homestead was epic. We also saw 4 bighorn sheep; two were fairly young. I’m definitely going this trip again sometime.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi Bri, Yay! We are happy that you are happy. Please do come see us again.
Beautiful scenery- more impressive than the cave
, Jun 2021
The scenery was beautiful and amazing! The trip was at a pace that anyone could enjoy this adventure! Our guide Neal was informative and helpful. I gave this trip a 4 star rating versus a 5 because we had to help unload the kayaks and get everything set up. All the other tours had 3 to 4 people helping the customers get ready for their trip. I don’t mind helping but it wasn’t expected and was very obvious that we were the only ones doing this.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
HI Melanie, Thank you for the feedback. We are glad you had a good time and enjoyed the scenery. We will keep your comments in mind as we strive to give our guests the best possible time!
Had a blast!
, Jun 2021
The absolute best experience ever. The guides were so great and helpful. This is definitely a must excursion.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hi Erica, We are thrilled that you had a good time. Thank you for letting us know and pass it on!
, Jun 2021
Great Experience!! Our Guide Melissa was very informative about the trip and other offers her company offers! She was very Easy to talk to! Will definitely be asking for her on our next trips
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hi Adriana, We are so happy to hear that you had an amazing adventure with Melissa! We would love to have to come back and try another one of our fun tours. Thank you for your review.
No Green cave
, Jun 2021
Things to know: views are beautiful on the trip! Water is 50degrees so don’t tip or 15min til hypothermia… However you will kayak to a cave that is tiny & doesn’t even show green unless it’s the perfect time of day (in afternoon) with perfect blue sky & it’s so small when u r crammed in there with your entire group even if it were green there wouldn’t be much room to see. Huge let down since it’s the name of the tour & picture advertised… even guide says 80% of time no green. Then the ENTIRE second half of the trip is strong paddling against the current against the wind the entire way back upstream where you had just came from. Be prepared to be exhausted & sore afterwards! Btw afternoon is windiest according to the guide. We had morning and could not imagine paddling back if it were more windy & our group were athletic teenagers!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hi there, Thank you for your review. We are sorry that your trip did not meet your expectations. Sometimes, Mother Nature does not give us wind in the direction that we would like or shine the sun at the time we would like. We feel that that is part of the adventure, but understand that not everyone agrees.

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