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Kayak Black Canyon - Ringbolt Run
Black Canyon Ringbolt Run Camping
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Itinerary - Ringbolt Run
Day 1

Begin the morning with curbside pickup at your hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. You will travel to Boulder City, where you will meet your guide and get checked in. After introductions you will pack your gear and head to the security checkpoint for our launch at the Hoover Dam. The ride down the Lower portal road will be an adventure in itself.

As we descend close to 1100' in elevation, the Hoover Dam presents itself. At the waters edge, be sure to snap a few photographs as we load the necessities for a relaxing trip. Our kayaks will carry everything we need to enjoy camping in the heart of Black Canyon. After safety briefings and paddling instructions, the adventure begins.

The first stop is Sauna Cave, where you will explore a natural steam-bath, and have time to sit and soak in the sauna. Gold Strike Canyon is also nearby, where numerous hot springs are hidden far into the reaches of the canyon. You will do some hiking to find a nice pool to soak in, relax, and enjoy a snack beneath the towering cliffs.

Back at the kayaks, you'll paddle downriver toward Lone Palm Canyon, past waterfalls, and arrive at Boyscout Canyon. Explore the narrow slot canyons in search of the perfect hot spring. When you find it, you can enjoy yourself, knowing that your campsite is just downriver.

A short paddle brings us to our camp for the evening, where our accomodations for the eveninig include a starry night sky, and the smell of a campfire. Enjoy a hearty dinner and good conversation, as the sounds of the river bubble gently in the background. After dinner, enjoy a long soak in a quiet hot spring before crawling into your warm sleeping bag for the evening.

Day 2

Wake up to the smells of hot coffee, and the sounds of birds chirping. Enjoy a healthy breakfast as the sun slowly rises on the steep canyon walls. Morning hiking is optional for those wanting to explore, or you can savor the serenity of the quiet morning while soaking in the hot springs.

Today is filled with kayaking, and as soon as camp is packed up, you'll continue downriver. Weeping Springs Cove appears, along with a gravity fault, and your guide will explain the historical features of the canyons as you paddle along. Keep your eyes open for Desert Bighorn sheep; you are likely to see a few perched high on the cliffs. Peregrine falcons, eagles, coyotes, foxes, and lizards can also be spotted.

As you approach the historic cableways and catwalk, you will learn about the gauging station and the purpose it served. Kayak into Emerald Cave for a fanatastic photo of the shimmering green waters. Take a short break on Emerald Cove and go for a refreshing swim before having lunch on the beach.

Kayak toward the historic homesite, where you can explore the trail to the ruins if time allows. Fantastic views await at the top, so remember to bring your camera! Just a short paddle downriver past the fish hatchery is your final destination, at the Willow Beach marina.


Trip Rate: $399 person
Permits: $27 person

Departs: Daily
Times: 8am/9am
Offered: All Year

paddling hiking / scrambling swimming & hot springs wildlife viewing fishing campfire tent camping meals

Activities: Kayaking, Hiking, Swimming, Hot Springs, Wildlife, Fishing, Camping, & Meals

Details: Two full days on the Colorado River. Water conditions are mostly flat, but can be choppy depending on wind, waves, and weather. Some sections have strong eddy lines and currents.

Equipment: Kayaks are high end, stable, and have rudders for steering. All equipment is provided, along with dry bags. Single or tandem boats available.

Hot Springs: 85F - 120F

Hiking: Terrain is flat gravel washes, and volcanic rock, wet and slippery. Narrow slot canyons, with some rock scrambling on giant boulders.

Distance: 11.7 miles
Class: Moving Flatwater

Difficulty: Moderate
Skill Level: Beginner +

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