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Colorado River
The Colorado River is a spectacular sight to see, meandering for 1,447 miles (2,330 kilometers) with red rocks and canyons framing it on both sides, leading up to the Hoover Dam. The Colorado River is one of the major water sources for California and Nevada, and, not surprisingly, it's a major recreational destination—activities on the river include hiking, biking, rafting, and boating.

The Basics
Many travelers to Las Vegas to experience the Mighty Colorado River by visiting or canoeing the Black Canyon, so-called because of the black volcanic rocks found in the area. The canyons are majestic, red land formations that lead from Colorado toward the Hoover Dam in Nevada. Guided boating and canoeing tours take visitors down the Colorado River as it passes through the Black Canyon. At James M. Robb Colorado River State Park, hiking, rafting, fishing, rock climbing, and swimming are all available. Another bucket list experience well worth the time investment is a whitewater rafting trip through Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The river is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure travelers.
  • Remember to wear comfortable clothes suitable for the activities you’re participating in.
  • There isn’t always shade on the river, so bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
  • River trips and rafting tours to the Colorado River from Las Vegas can last anywhere from three to 15 hours, depending on the option chosen.

How to Get There
There are numerous access points to the Colorado River as it flows through Nevada, but most travelers visit on a guided adventure tour that includes return transportation from Las Vegas.

When to Get There
While there isn’t really a bad time to visit the Colorado River, commercial rafting trips—particularly those through the Grand Canyon—are generally offered from April to October. Depending on where you are along the river, temperatures in June, July, and August can soar above 100°F (38­°C).

See the Colorado River from Above and Below
Those looking for a comprehensive Colorado River experience can combine a float trip or boat ride down the river with a Grand Canyon helicopter tour or a walk along the Grand Canyon Skywalk on the West Rim.
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30 Tours and Activities to Experience Colorado River

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Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip

Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight with Colorado River Float or Kayak Trip

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Escape to the Grand Canyon for this full-day sightseeing adventure. Enjoy a scenic, 1-hour, round-trip flight from Las Vegas to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, flying over the famous Hoover Dam and beautiful Lake Mead along the way. After returning over the Mojave Desert and other natural wonders, choose between either a float trip down the Colorado River, through Black Canyon with a boxed picnic lunch and an optional swim at a secluded beach or a fun-filled kayak trip from Willow Beach. Bottled water and all transportation, including a Las Vegas hotel pickup/drop-off, are included.
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  • 11 hours
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$499.99
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Colorado River Full Day Kayak Tour from Las Vegas

Colorado River Full Day Kayak Tour from Las Vegas

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Explore the Colorado River by kayak on a full-day tour from Las Vegas. Hop in your kayaks at the Hoover Dam and travel 12 miles (19km) down the river, stopping at hot springs, Emerald Cave, and beaches where you can swim or sunbathe. Your guide keeps an eye out for bald eagles, falcons, big horn sheep, and other wildlife. Choose from three morning launch times on a tour that includes use of equipment, picnic lunch, snacks, guide, and round-trip transport from hotels on the Las Vegas Strip.
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  • 7 hours
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$192.20
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Hoover Dam Top to Bottom by Luxury SUV with Colorado River Float

Hoover Dam Top to Bottom by Luxury SUV with Colorado River Float

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Set out from your Las Vegas hotel in a luxury SUV to the Hoover Dam, a remarkable National Historic Landmark. During the ride, learn about several points of interest from your experienced guide as you relax in comfort and style. Get a bird's-eye view of the dam on the observation deck and float along the Colorado River for even more views.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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$234.00
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ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas

ATV Tour of Lake Mead and Colorado River from Las Vegas

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This fun-filled tour by ATV includes plenty of history and excitement. Venture into Lake Mead Recreation Area and see the Colorado River and the Hoover Dam with your friendly, professional guide. Escape the bright lights and crowds of Las Vegas and journey off the beaten path on this nature-focused experience that highlights the best of the west. Cap off your day with a fun ride on the World's Largest Monster Truck Limousine.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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$302.72
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Colorado River Jet Boat Tour Plus London Bridge and Ghost Town from Las Vegas

Colorado River Jet Boat Tour Plus London Bridge and Ghost Town from Las Vegas

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Leave the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas Strip behind on this Colorado River day trip. After a scenic drive through the Joshua Tree Forest, board a jet boat and cruise down the Colorado River to Lake Havasu. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the shores of the lake, go for a swim, and walk across London Bridge. On the way back to Vegas, take in the sights along Route 66 and stop to explore the historic Oatman Ghost Town.
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  • 12 hours
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Grand Canyon White Water Rafting Trip from Las Vegas

Grand Canyon White Water Rafting Trip from Las Vegas

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Add a thrilling outdoor adventure to any Las Vegas vacation with this guided, full-day whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River. Enjoy a road trip to Peach Springs, Arizona, home of the Hualapai Indians at the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Then, challenge the mighty Colorado River’s varied rapids on a journey through the canyon, taking a side hike to Travertine Falls along the way. A boxed lunch and a hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 15 hours
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$645.99
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Ultimate 3-in-1 Grand Canyon Tour

Ultimate 3-in-1 Grand Canyon Tour

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What’s the ultimate way to have a Grand Canyon experience from Las Vegas? Try this exciting combo tour. Enjoy a scenic airplane flight to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, flying over Hoover Dam and Lake Mead along the way. Then climb aboard a helicopter to descend into the canyon for a one-of-a-kind view. Lastly, experience the breathtaking views from Eagle Point and Guano Point. As an added option, visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk for a unique photo opportunity. Las Vegas hotel pickup/drop-off included.
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  • 7 hours
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$459.99
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Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Landing from Henderson Executive Airport

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Landing from Henderson Executive Airport

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Escape to the Grand Canyon on this 4-hour sightseeing adventure. Enjoy a scenic 40-minute flight from Henderson to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, flying over the famous Hoover Dam, beautiful Lake Mead and majestic Colorado River. Then descend deep below the rim of the canyon to experience the breathtaking, one-of-a-kind view from a private bluff. Enjoy a Champagne toast with snacks to commemorate the moment, then travel over the Black Canyon on the return trip to Las Vegas. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 4 hours
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$399.99
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Grand Canyon West Rim Day Trip by Coach with Heli Landing and Optional Skywalk

Grand Canyon West Rim Day Trip by Coach with Heli Landing and Optional Skywalk

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This action-packed day trip to the Grand Canyon West Rim includes a helicopter descent to the canyon floor. After luxury coach transport from Las Vegas, top off these sights with a cowboy cookout at the Hualapai Ranch and a scenic shuttle tour along the West Rim. Upgrade to add on the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
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  • 12 hours
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Hoover Dam Hummer Tour from Las Vegas

Hoover Dam Hummer Tour from Las Vegas

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Travel to the Hoover Dam in a luxury Hummer H2 during this half-day excursion from Las Vegas. Upon arrival, take the Discovery Tour, an experience that includes riding an elevator into the depths of the Black Canyon's walls to check out the power plant generators.
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  • 4 hours
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Grand Canyon West Rim Air and Ground Day Trip from Las Vegas

Grand Canyon West Rim Air and Ground Day Trip from Las Vegas

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Escape to the Grand Canyon on this full-day sightseeing adventure. Enjoy a scenic flight from Las Vegas to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, flying over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the Colorado River. Then experience the breathtaking views from the overlooks at Eagle Point and Guano Point. As added options, visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk for a photo opportunity or descend below the rim of the canyon in a helicopter to experience a one-of-a-kind view. Las Vegas hotel pickup/drop-off included.
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  • 7 hours
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Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour

Self-Drive 1-Day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Tour

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Add a thrilling outdoor adventure to any Las Vegas or Flagstaff vacation with this guided whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River. Take a road trip to Peach Springs, Arizona, home of the Hualapai Indians at the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Then, challenge the mighty Colorado River’s varied rapids on a 40-mile (64-kilometer) journey through the canyon, taking a side hike to a travertine waterfall along the way. Helicopter transfer (if option selected) and boxed lunch are included, and an optional hotel pickup and drop-off is available.
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  • 17 hours
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Grand Canyon West Rim Luxury Helicopter Tour

Grand Canyon West Rim Luxury Helicopter Tour

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Hop onboard a helicopter for a luxury sightseeing tour to the Grand Canyon. Listen to informative commentary from your pilot as you get an aerial perspective on the majestic grandeur of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River. On the way, you'll also see landmarks such as Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Black Canyon, and the Las Vegas strip. Your tour includes a stop at the Grand Canyon West airport, with time for some quick shopping at a Native American gift boutique.
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  • 3 hours
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Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Optional Below-the-Rim Landing and Skywalk

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Optional Below-the-Rim Landing and Skywalk

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What’s the ultimate way to have a Grand Canyon experience from Las Vegas? Try this exciting helicopter tour. Enjoy a scenic flight from Las Vegas to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. Take in the breathtaking views from the overlooks at Eagle Point and Guano Point. As added options, visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk for a photo opportunity or swoop down to the base of the canyon to experience the stunning views from below. Las Vegas hotel pickup/drop-off included.
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  • 7 hours
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Small-Group Hoover Dam VIP Tour from Las Vegas

Small-Group Hoover Dam VIP Tour from Las Vegas

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Enjoy an educational and entertaining trip to Hoover Dam on this guided, 5-hour, small-group sightseeing adventure from Las Vegas. Visit the Hoover Dam Visitor Center and Generator Room, enjoy an informational movie and check out the view from the top of the dam and Lake Mead. Learn about the history of Hoover Dam, with an abundance of staggering facts. On the return trip to Las Vegas, make a short visit to a local park where herds of bighorn sheep typically graze. All entrance fees, snacks and bottled water are included.
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  • 5 hours
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Small-Group Grand Canyon West Rim SUV Tour with Optional Helicopter Landing

Small-Group Grand Canyon West Rim SUV Tour with Optional Helicopter Landing

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Leave the glam and glitz of Vegas behind on this day-long action-packed guided tour of one of the planet's great wonders: the Grand Canyon. Stop at the Hoover Dam and Joshua Tree Forest before exploring the enticing and jaw dropping West Rim of the Grand Canyon. Take in the glorious sites, drinking in the panoramic views from Eagle and Guano Points and exploring the Native-American village before tucking into a hearty lunch in the old western town of Hualapai Ranch. Then if option selected, get ready for the piece de resistance: a thrilling helicopter flight to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Continental breakfast, lunch, bottled water and a Las Vegas hotel pickup and drop-off are included. 6 points of interest in one amazing tour!
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  • 11 hours
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$266.77
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Twilight Kayak Tour from Las Vegas

Twilight Kayak Tour from Las Vegas

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Outdoor lovers will enjoy this kayak tour through scenic Black Canyon. Your expert guide leads you through historical sites and natural landmarks as you observe the native flora and fauna of this tranquil ecosystem. After kayaking for two miles, beach the kayaks and enjoy dinner cooked over an open fire on the beach. On the return trip, your kayak glows in the dark, illuminating the water below. All fees and equipment are included.
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  • 4 hours
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$160.00
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Half-Day HydroBike Adventure on the Colorado River

Half-Day HydroBike Adventure on the Colorado River

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Experience the Colorado River by hydrobike, a combination bike/raft floatation device that offers a fun  and easy way to be on the water. After a short safety lesson, paddle to the River Gauger's Historical Homesite and take a small break for photos and snacks. Continue on to scenic Emerald Cave, where you can enjoy a swim and a picnic lunch on the beach before heading back to the launch spot and Las Vegas.
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  • 4 hours
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$159.00
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Small-Group Grand Canyon West Rim Day Tour from Las Vegas

Small-Group Grand Canyon West Rim Day Tour from Las Vegas

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Experience one of the seven natural wonders of the world on this guided, full-day, small-group tour from Las Vegas. Travel through the Mojave Desert and Black Mountains en route to the Grand Canyon’s West Rim for half a day of exploring. You can upgrade to see the canyon from the air on a helicopter flight through the canyon or take a walk on the glass-bottomed Grand Canyon Skywalk. A snack, lunch, bottled water and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 10 hours
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Half-Day Colorado River Paddleboard Trip

Half-Day Colorado River Paddleboard Trip

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This half-day standup paddleboard trip takes you 5.5 miles along the Colorado River. After the first stretch, stop at the Historical River Gaugers home site, where you can take a short hike to a scenic overlook above the river. Paddle on to Emerald Cave, looking out for interesting flora and fauna along the way. Have lunch on a beach before heading back down the river.
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  • 4 hours
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2-Day White Water Rafting Tour through the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas

2-Day White Water Rafting Tour through the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas

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The mighty Colorado River is a world-class destination for white-water rafting with rapids reaching Class 7 and spectacular views of the Grand Canyon. On this overnight adventure, enjoy two day’s rafting and camp out by the riverside. Along the way, paddle through Diamond Creek, Travertine Canyon, and Spencer Canyon; hike to Travertine Falls; and tackle 9 thrilling rapids.
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  • 2 days
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Black Canyon Kayak at Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas

Black Canyon Kayak at Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas

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Leave the neon lights of Sin City behind during this relaxing full-day guided kayak excursion on the Black Canyon section of the Colorado River. This paddling trip, which navigates several miles of placid water close to Hoover Dam, is great for kayakers of all experience levels. During your trip, stop to explore idyllic riverside beaches, caves, canyons, and hot springs. Your kayak guide also points out local wildlife, hidden inlets, hiking spots, and historical sites along the way. The trip also includes all necessary kayaking equipment, river permits, and safety lesson, lunch, bottled water, snacks, dry bag for personal items and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 12 hours
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Overnight Sunset at the Grand Canyon West Rim Self Drive Package

Overnight Sunset at the Grand Canyon West Rim Self Drive Package

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This exclusive tour that includes an overnight stay at the Grand Canyon West Rim has space for just 40 people, making it the perfect way to see one of the Southwest’s most spectacular natural light shows. Self-drive from Las Vegas and create your own itinerary along the way, ensuring this customized trip is tailored to your interests. A minimum of two people per booking is required and optional upgrades include helicopter and boat rides, as well as the popular Grand Canyon Skywalk.
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  • 2 days
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$335.99
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White Rock Canyon and Desert Hot Springs Hiking Day Trip from Las Vegas

White Rock Canyon and Desert Hot Springs Hiking Day Trip from Las Vegas

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Follow a hiking trail into the scenic Black Canyon, discover the wild scenery of the Mojave Desert and slip into a backcountry hot springs on a 6-hour day trip from Las Vegas. Go deep into the rugged canyon to see ancient petroglyphs left by the Mohave and Paiute tribes, then watch the rock face fade from red to white as you take in sweeping views of the Colorado River. Enjoy lunch and a steaming bath before walking back to the trailhead and returning to your Las Vegas hotel.
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  • 6 hours
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