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Kayaking & Canoeing Black Canyon
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Day 1

Hotel pickups will begin bright and early, as you travel to our shop in Boulder City. After introductions you will pack your gear and head to the security checkpoint for our launch at the Hoover Dam. The 1100' descent down the portal road will be an adventure in itself.

Explore Sauna Cave, Gold Strike, and Boyscout Canyon, where numerous hot springs are hidden. Hike narrow slot canyons in search of the perfect hot spring. Enjoy yourself, knowing that your campsite is just around the corner.

A short paddle delivers us to our campsite. 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 churn in the background. Take a long soak in a quiet hot spring before crawling into your warm sleeping bag to drift away.

Day 2

Wake up to the smells of hot coffee, and the sounds of birds chirping. Take a morning hike to view some ancient petroglyphs, or choose to relax in the hot springs.

A full day of kayaking takes us past Weeping Springs Cove, a gravity fault, and the "Great Unconformity." Watch for Bighorn sheep perched high on the cliffs. Peregrine falcons, eagles, coyotes, foxes, and lizards also inhabit the canyon.

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 fantastic photo of the shimmering green waters. Explore the historic gauger's homesite, where you can hike to the ruins. Make your camp near the Chalk Cliffs and take some time explore Monkey Hole before calling it a night.

Day 3

An light day of kayaking reveals a tiny break in the canyon wall, which you will explore briefly. The green waters of the Colorado are great for swimming, and if you are an angler you will want an AC plug to fish for Striped Bass. If you're feeling adventurous, hike to Queho's Cave, where a renegade Indian who killed more than 20 people lived.

The river widens as you reach the headwaters of Lake Mohave where steamboats operates for 40 years. Upon arrival at Nelson's Landing, a shuttle will transport you to Eldorado Canyon; your campsite for the evening. Evening dinner awaits at the old western town pavilion. Here you will have a chance to wash up and relax by the campfire. The secluded canyon is the perfect finish to a beautiful day.

Day 4

A hearty breakfast starts the day off right. Pack up camp and prepare to explore the Techatticup Gold Mine, the oldest and most famous gold mine in Southern Nevada. Ore was brought from the mine to the stamp mill, crushed to a powder and mixed in cyanide tanks where the gold & silver would separate. Travel deep into the tunnels and peer down mine shafts. Complete your amazing adventure with a few photos of the group at the old barn, before being transported back to Las Vegas.


Trip Rate: $929 person
Permits: $32 person

Departs: Daily
Not Offered: July, Aug
Custom Dates: 4+ people

wildlife viewing paddling hiking swimming Gold Mine tent camping

Activities: Kayaking, Hiking, Swimming, Hot Springs, Wildlife, ATV's or Horseback Riding, Mine Tours, Camping, & Meals

Details: 3 days on the Colorado River and 1 day in Eldorado Canyon. Water conditions are mostly flat, but can be choppy depending on wind, waves, and weather.

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

Hot Springs: 85F - 120F

Hiking: Short or extended hikes in narrow slot canyons. Terrain is flat gravel washes, and volcanic rock, wet and slippery.

Distance: 26 miles
Class: Moving Flatwater

Difficulty: Moderate
Skill Level: Beginner +

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