Water activity

Willow Beach: Black Canyon Kayak Half Day Tour-No Shuttle

4.8 / 5

72 reviews

Activity provider: Blazin Paddles LLC
Water activity

Willow Beach: Black Canyon Kayak Half Day Tour-No Shuttle

Activity provider: Blazin Paddles LLC
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From US$ 99 per person

Likely to sell out

Discover the scenic splendor of Black Canyon and the Colorado River on a kayaking adventure. Take in breathtaking views, abundant wildlife, and the Emerald Cave. Learn about the region's history.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Get your heart pumping as you enjoy a breath of fresh air on the Colorado River
  • Explore Black Canyon at your own pace by paddle power on a kayaking adventure
  • Spot native animals, such as desert big horn sheep and bald eagle, on the shore
  • Experience peace and serenity as your paddle in the green waters of Emerald Cave
  • Make unforgettable memories surrounded by nature on a tour in the great outdoors
Full description

Explore Black Canyon on a guided day tour. Kayak along the Colorado River, spotting wildlife as you go. Enjoy incredible views of the river and surrounding landscape. Discover the river's history and marvel at the stunning rock formation at Emerald Cave.

Arrive at Willow Beach, AZ via your personal/rental vehicle and prepare for the day ahead as your guides help fit you into your kayaks. Paddle upstream into the narrow channels of the Black Canyon on your fully guided tour.

Scour the banks to spot a variety of wildlife, including native Desert Big Horn Sheep, Bald Eagles, and Coyote. This tour includes visits to a historical overlook with awe-inspiring views of the legendary Colorado River, a visit to Emerald Cave, and a viewing of the 100-year-old river gauging station. Learn the history of the river and its many uses over the past 100 years from our knowledgeable Guides as they lead this 4-mile out-and-back paddling tour. Enjoy complimentary snacks and bottled water and enjoy the river as it unfolds before you. You will paddle back to your starting point at Willow Beach to complete the tour.

  • Guide
  • Kayaking equipment
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Park entry fees
  • Tips
  • Pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years

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Meeting point

Meet by the orange kayaks at the primitive beach at Willow Beach Marina. You will meet up at the 'Designated Paddlecraft Retrieval & Launch Site' area within Willow Beach. After entering the park, you will keep driving on the same road until you see a dirt parking lot on your right and the water on your left. You will see the 'Designated Paddlecraft Retrieval' signage on your left at this time. Please park and meet by our orange tie dye kayaks on the dirt launch area on the left. After the toll booth, keep driving until you see water and orange kayaks on your left. Park in the dirt parking lot to your right or the paved parking lot next to the water.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water shoes
  • Waterproof bag

Not allowed

  • Jeans
  • Pets

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • This activity involves 4 miles of kayaking
  • This tour is refundable up to 24 hours before the starting time
  • Uber/Lyft do not service this area
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 72 reviews

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Both of our guides, Blake and Jamaica, were terrific! They were personable, professional, answered our questions and provided information about our surroundings along the way. We stopped for a snack and water break at an historic, scenic spot along the way. We went into a small cave and then headed back. We were provided with water pistols to have fun or get wet if we were hot. It was the perfect length trip and lots of fun.

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March 27, 2023

Ray was awesome! She was the best guide! Very knowledgeable on the places she took us! She had plenty of water and snacks for us and stopped twice on the way back to split up the trip! That was extremely helpful! She was also very personable! It was nice to know that she remembered our names! Definitely recommend Blazin Paddles and Ray as your guide!

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March 27, 2023

We had a wonderful experience! Our guides Pete and Blake were awesome. We took our three teenagers (15,17,19) and they had a blast. The scenery is beautiful and if you are a beginner with kayaking this is a great way to start. Our family gives this two thumbs up!

March 27, 2023

Product ID: 397179