Emerald Cave Kayak Tour: Colorado River Adventure
2,224 Ratings
Willow Beach
Experience the stunning beauty of the Colorado River on a thrilling kayak tour to Emerald Cave. Join us for an unforgettable adventure in the desert!
Duration: 6 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • 25804 N Willow Beach - Enjoy this 3 hour / 5-mile round-trip kayak tour of the beautiful Black Canyon. You’ll arrive at Willow Beach where your U.S. National Kayak Champion guide will get you prepared for your amazing day ahead. You will enjoy this amazing experience in a small group, limited to 12 paddlers. When paddling up into Black Canyon scour the banks to be the first to spot Desert Big Horn Sheep, or look above and see if there are any Bald Eagles. Your first stop will be one-mile up-stream at a historical overlook, that will give you awe-inspiring views of the legendary Colorado River (5-6 min. hike). Your guide will explain the history of what the river was used for close to 100 years ago! Finally, enjoy the beautiful green waters of Emerald Cave. Guaranteed fun included!
What's Included
  • Professional kayak tour guide
  • Choice of single or double kayak, including life vest
  • Optional shuttle pick-up from Mandalay Bay Hotel
  • Refreshments provided: snacks, banana, granola bar, water
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Round-Trip Transportaion (If Self-Drive Option selected)
  • National Park entry fee $15/adult, free for kids, Active Military,Veteran ID (“With Shuttle” Option)
  • National Park entry fee $25/vehicle free for kids, Active Military,Veteran ID (“Self-Drive” Option)
Additional Information

If you’re seasoned in paddle sports or merely in search of aquatic amusement, you’re in the right location! Revel in the gorgeous desert atmosphere with this entertaining 3-hour kayak journey on the Colorado River, directed by a professional guide. You will row for 5-miles towards the Emerald Cave and halt at a beach for refreshments and a possible trek. Transfers to and from your hotel are included from Mandalay Bay Hotel. Join us for an unprecedented desert adventure!

  • Maximum weight limit is 300lb/person
  • What to bring? Hat, sunglasses, sunblock, water shoes, comfortable clothing, swimsuit (under clothes)
  • It’s a family friendly group activity, NO ALCOHOL OR SMOKING ALLOWED
  • Only service animals are allowed on this tour with SELF-DRIVE option only
  • Please note that if you bring any electronics with you during the tour, it is highly recommended to bring a waterproof case
25804 N Willow Beach
North Willow Beach
If you booked the 'SELF-DRIVE' option then you will drive yourself to the launch site. If you booked the 'With Shuttle' option we will pick you up at Mandalay Bay. We will send you a text message with all details one day before your kayak trip.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Jun 13, 2024
For all ages. Easy memorable kayak. - This was such a chilled annd exciting experience, great tour guide with so much knowledge about the surroundings. We didn’t see the cave itself as the que was an estimated hour wait and the group opted for a longer paddle instead. Still plenty to experience, as a bonus we got to cold plunge into the river. Brrr.
Review provided by Viator
Jun 10, 2024
Great experience - Xander was a fantastic guide. Very patient with beginners, yet kept us moving. Very knowledgeable and made it memorable. Pickup and drop-off were easy and uneventful.
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Jun 10, 2024
Great time on the water! - We spent our Sunday kayaking on the Colorado River with Johnny. It was an awesome adventure. Johnny is very knowledgeable about kayaking and great at pointing out and talking interesting features and animals along the way. The water felt great. If someone is looking for a water adventure in the dessert, I highly recommend this activity.
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Jun 10, 2024
Great trip. - We had a rough start but Johnny did great and towed us for awhile until we got the hang of it. Doing a two person kayak took some getting use to but we had a great time. Johnny was well informed and taught us a lot about the land and skill of kayaking.
Review provided by Viator
Jun 10, 2024
Perfect peaceful escape from the Vegas strip - This trip was a great adventure to breathe some fresh air, relax and get out of the excessive heat in Vegas. Our guide JonnyB was fabulous! He was intelligent engaging funny patient and supportive to everyone on our group of 11 no matter the abilities of the kayakers. He gave us an excellent tutorial before we headed out to make sure everyone was comfortable and ready to paddle safely. There was also a market there to grab food or any essentials you may need. He was knowledgable about the history, geography, wildlife etc. and got so excited when we saw a bald eagle protecting her territory from 2 aggressive red tail hawks! He communicated with us pre trip via text with reminders of what to bring, pick up location etc. we had an easy prompt pick up and a nice drive out to the river. He was happy to take picks of group members and shared the pictures at the end of the trip and allowed us to add what we captured for the group. We got back to Vegas later than we expected due to wait time at the cave and paddling into the wind on our return up river so be aware in case you have a time you need to be back.
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Jun 9, 2024
Great Day to Unwind & Unplug - Robby was an amazing tour guide & we loved every second!! He was very knowledgeable & courteous!! It was so much fun & we would highly recommend it for all ages!! Thank you for making our tour fun & beautiful!
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Jun 8, 2024
So nice in nature - Friendly and knowledgeable guide Jonny that let us move at our own pace while taking great care of us. Beautiful sites and fun folks. Super freshing to dip into the 45 degree Colorado river on the HOT day we had!
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Jun 8, 2024
A must do - The Emerald Cave plus the views along the way were breathtaking. Our tour guide Xander was patient and thorough along the way. We will definitely do this again. We are locals and want to do more adventures.
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Jun 7, 2024
Kayaking at Wiilow beach - Justin was a great guide explaining things about the area as we went along. The area is so beautiful . We should have went later in the day to fully see and enjoy the Emerald cave . Still enjoyed the kayaking thanks to Juston.
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Jun 8, 2024
Incredible guided kayak tour to emerald cave - Our host Xander was incredible, very friendly and knowledgeable. He made the trip much better than a normal/average guide
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up to 15 guests
July 2024