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What kind of kayaks do you use?
Our guided trips are equipped with high performance touring kayaks made by top names such as SEDA, Jackson, Delta, Current Designs, and Necky, just to name a few. They are strong, fast, and lightweight. These top of the line boats have rudders to make steering easy, along with sealed hatches to keep your items protected. Our fleet contains these high performance boats, as well as recreational boats, sit-on-top kayaks, and canoes from Ocean Kayak, Bic Sports,and Old Town.

What time will we get back?
Return to the Las Vegas Strip hotel locations is roughly 5PM PCT on the last day of the trip.

What is included during the trip?
Guided trips are all inclusive. You will get personalized service, freshly prepared and tasty meals, and tents, sleeping bags, and pads. Touring kayaks, pfd's, paddles, and safety equipment are pro vided. Round trip transportation to and from Las Vegas, along with all in-park transfers and fees, are provided for our guests. ATV helmet and gear included with ATV tour. Gratuity not included.

I don't know how to swim. Can I still go?
Although it is extremely beneficial to know how to swim and will greatly aid in your safety, it is your choice. Swimming, in most cases, is optional. Nature can be unpredictable though, and there is always the possibility of capsizing. Cold water and swift currents present risks as well. Personal flotation devices are properly fitted to you, and are mandatory on all paddling trips. Our guides are trained in river rescue techniques, as well as First Aid and CPR. They know how to read currents, and can help get you back into your boat if the need arises. While we take every precaution to minimize risks and provide a safe, enjoyable experience, ultimately the decision to take this risk is up to you.

Is there white water? Will I tip over?
Most days, the river is moving flat water, with no rapids. Depending on wind, weather, and flow rates, there can be choppy water, rolling waves, and even large swells along the way. We use touring kayaks and most people make it through the day without an out-of-boat experience, (although there are no guarantees). This doesn't mean that you should take this river lightly. The Colorado is a big cold river, and there can be strong currents, eddies, hidden obstacles, and other unforeseen circumstances that may pose a threat. Our guides are prepared for this and will help steer you in the right direction for a memorable experience.

Do you offer any discounts for children (or other)?
Children 14 years of age or younger receive a $50 dollar discount per person for any multi-day guided trip. All guided single day tours are $10 discount. No discounts are offered for self-guided.

Is there a minimum age requirement?
Kayakers on the Eldorado Gold tour must be at least 12 years old and paddle in a tandem kayak with an adult, or 14 years or older if they wish to paddle their own kayak. Your guide may rearrange people throughout the day to balance the ability of the group.

What kind of experience do your guides have?
Our guides have varying degrees of personal outdoor experience, and all successfully complete training that is above and beyond what is required by local, state, and federal regulations. They possess a vast knowledge of the history of the area, wildlife, plants, weather patterns, and river currents. Before they can become trip leaders, they must undergo an intense training programs which includes group management, risk management, rescue techniques, wind and weather, river kayaking, towing, physical skills tests, and written tests. All guides are certified in CPR/AED, Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace ethics, and all USDOT regulations. We carry satellite phones, marine radios, SPOT GPS trackers, or cell phones on our trips.

How much should I tip my guide?
Your guides work very hard to make sure your experience is rewarding and memorable. They often spend hours preparing before your trip to ensure your comfort and physical needs are met. During a trip, your guide is constantly on the lookout to minimize risks and maximize enjoyment. They appreciate your verbal praise and thanks, as well as monetary gratuities. Any cash tips can be given to the guide at the end of the trip. Gratuities generally range between 10%-20% of the total trip price, at your discretion.

What should I bring/wear?
Take a look at our packing list section, for a complete outline of items to bring.  If you have questions, don't hesitate to call our office. We will be happy to answer any questions you have about clothing, hiking boots, sleeping bag ratings, etc.

Do you supply alcohol? May we bring our own?
Alcohol is not permitted during activities such as hiking or paddling. On multi-day trips, you may bring a bottle of wine or whatever you prefer) for dinner in the evening. Safety is our main concern. We have a spotless record, and we want to keep it that way.

When should I make a reservation?
Space is limited, so you should make your reservations as soon as possible.

Are there minimum participant requirements?
Yes. In order to keep prices affordable, our trips have a minimum number of participants in order to run as scheduled. In the event we are 1 or 2 people short, we will offer the option of still running the trip, for a small additional fee. We will also do everything in our power to reschedule you, or move you to another tour - even if it means with another company. If none of these options work with your schedule, we will refund your money 100%.

Should I buy travel insurance?
If you are concerned about the possibility of having to cancel, we strongly suggest you purchase trip cancellation insurance to protect your vacation investment. Our cancellation policy will apply in every instance, with no exceptions for any reason. Desert Adventures is not responsible for any expenses incurred due to travel delays, flight cancellations, or illness. Desert Adventures assumes no financial responsibility for personal injury, emergency evacuation, or equipment lost or damaged in any way.

What if I have to cancel?
We have a 14 day cancellation policy. Cancellations made 2 weeks prior to departure date will receive a full refund. Cancellations made within those dates will be issued a percentage of their refund, with absolutely no refunds or rescheduling within 48 hours. If you must reschedule, we require 48 hours notice and rescheduling fees will apply. Desert Adventures will not issue any refund for leaving a trip early. Trips run rain or shine. Desert Adventures reserves the right to cancel trips due to weather or unsafe conditions. In this case, we will reschedule, issue a credit, or refund money, depending on individual circumstances. For more information see our Payment & Cancellation Policies section, or call our offices.

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