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Kayaking & Canoeing Black Canyon
Black Canyon Kayaking
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Colorado River Kayak

Try this amazing kayaking experience in Black Canyon. The lower Colorado River is moving flatwater with no rapids - just beautiful green waters. It is perfect for beginner and seasoned paddlers alike.

Travel across the Mike O'Callaghan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, into Arizona. Your destination is Willow Beach, where you will load your kayaks, and gear up for your journey on the Colorado river.

Kayak past the Fish Hatchery, toward the emergence of a historic trailhead. Take a break and enjoy a short hike with spectacular views. Explore the ruins before returning to the kayaks.

Back on the river, the green waters of Black Canyon flow through a narrow channel, where Emerald Cave is hidden. Paddle inside for a great photo opportunity. Watch for Desert Big Horn sheep, bald eagles, coyotes, and striped bass.

Beyond Emerald Cave and the catwalk sits a sandy beach, where you'll enjoy a picnic lunch with million dollar views. Take a refreshing swim in the green waters of the Colorado River before kayaking back to Willow Beach.

NOTE: This is a sample itinerary, and is subject to change in order to better serve our guests and provide an enjoyable experience.

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Trip Rate: $199 person

Time: 9am - 6pm
Departs: Daily
Offered: All Year

Kayaking hiking swimming wildlife

Activities: Kayaking, Hiking, Swimming, Wildlife

Details: Approx. 4-5 hrs kayaking on the Colorado River. Water conditions are mostly flat, but can be choppy depending on wind & waves. Some sections have strong eddy lines and currents.

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

Hiking: Short hike through thick vegetation. Rocky desert terrain, mostly sand and volcanic rock.

Distance: 5-6 miles
Class: Moving Flatwater

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Skill Level: Beginner +

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