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Colorado River, Arizona: Our most recommended tours and activities

Emerald Cave: Clear-Bottom Kayak Tour with Optional Shuttle

1. Emerald Cave: Clear-Bottom Kayak Tour with Optional Shuttle

Start with pickup from one of the resort hotels on the Las Vegas strip and travel towards Willow Beach, Arizona for your guided kayaking tour. Upon arrival at the canyon, receive a quick kayaking lesson from your guide and get ready for your adventure. Enjoy the underwater views through your glass-bottom kayak. Paddle towards Emerald Cave, with a break to stop and admire the fantastic views of the entire canyon. Keep a lookout for wildlife species such as the Desert Big Horn Sheep, blue heron, and bald eagles. Enter the Emerald Cave and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings. Take the opportunity to swim in the Colorado River, before heading back to the starting back for your return transfer back to Las Vegas.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Bus Tour with Hoover Dam Stop

2. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Bus Tour with Hoover Dam Stop

Embark on a full-day tour from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon with a narrated bus tour. Throughout the day, admire scenic views of the Joshua Tree Forest National Park, the Hoover Dam, the Colorado River, and the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. Start with pickup from Las Vegas and meet your professional driver/guide who will provide information about the sights along the way. You will receive a light breakfast snack upon boarding the Grand Canyon bus. Enjoy a 15-minute stop at the Hoover Dam for a photo opportunity and an amazing view of the Bypass Bridge. Upon arrival at the West Rim, enjoy your first views of the majestic Colorado River below. Take in the spectacular views from Eagle and Guano points. If you hike the trail at Guano Point, reach the West Rim’s highest point, where the views of the Colorado River below are breathtaking. Afterwards, return to Las Vegas with drop-off at your hotel.

Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour with Pickup

3. Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour with Pickup

Hop in an air-conditioned van and head to either the famous Lower Antelope Canyon or the secluded Antelope Canyon X with your Navajo tribal guide. Get off the beaten path and see sights like Horseshoe Bend and the Colorado River on this small-group experience. Indulge in the scenic views from Las Vegas to Antelope Canyon as you pass back and forth across the Utah and Arizona state borders on your way to Page, AZ. Depending on the weather, stop in either Mesquite, Nevada, or Hurricane, Utah, for an opportunity to stretch your legs, use the facilities, and grab coffee before continuing to the Antelope Canyon. Wander past red sandstone walls and spiraling corkscrew formations that illuminate the canyon when the sunlight climbs down. After a guided tour of Antelope Canyon, a 10-minute drive to Horseshoe Bend will take you to your 1 km hike. Make your way to a vista point overlooking the famed bend in the Colorado River for stunning views. Make the most of the opportunity to get close to the 1,000-foot drop for photos of one of nature's most beautiful sights. From there, relax as your professional driver-guide heads back to Las Vegas for your hotel drop-off, with convenient pit stops on the way.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend

4. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend

Get away from the bright lights of Las Vegas, and journey into the great American Southwest. First, stop at Antelope Canyon and enjoy its colorful, intricate rock walls and formations, rainbow colors, and patterns. You'll explore the canyon with an experienced Navajo guide. Next, take in spectacular views at the Horseshoe Bend, a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River. After hiking 1.2 km on a sandy trail, take your time to admire the breathtaking views. Finally, stop at the world-famous Grand Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history.

From Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour

5. From Las Vegas: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Tour

Leave bustling Las Vegas and head out on a scenic drive into Navajo territory on a van tour. Explore this striking landscape with the help of a local Navajo guide, learning about the area's rich and long history. See iconic natural landmarks like Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. Begin your tour with a stop for breakfast in St. George, Utah—home to the oldest continuously operating Mormon temple in the world. After breakfast, approach the mighty Colorado River for a visit to Horseshoe Bend. Note where the river flows and meanders around the rocks creating a distinctive horseshoe-shaped loop beloved by visitors and photographers from around the world. Next, travel to where “the water runs through the rocks” as per the local Navajo folklore. Explore lower Antelope Canyon and visit the spectacular dunes created by the wind, water, and sand. With your local Navajo guide, discover the beauty of the canyon up close. Admire the beauty of the sun which creates shafts of light that shine through the slits in the canyon walls. After a break for lunch, continue to the Glenn Canyon viewpoint for one last look at this spectacular area. Finally, hop back on the bus to return to Las Vegas in the evening.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Rim Tour with Hoover Dam Stop

6. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Rim Tour with Hoover Dam Stop

Explore the majestic scenery of the Grand Canyon and the world of the Hualapai tribe on a full-day tour to the West Rim from Las Vegas with lunch and transfers, plus optional helicopter, boat, and Skywalk experiences.  Your guide will provide a live narration as you travel, while you sit back and relax on a state-of-the-art luxury bus. Travel through the ancient Joshua Tree Forest en route to the West Rim. Stop for a great photo opportunity of the Hoover Dam from the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. On arrival, explore the tribal village and Hualapai Market. Grab a bite to eat at the Skywalk Café, before getting panoramic views from Guano Point and Eagle Point. Brave the latest attraction here — the glass-bottom Grand Canyon Skywalk. Learn the history and geology of the Canyon from your local guide. Then meet some of the Hualapai tribe when they perform a traditional dance in their full tribal dress. Tailor the rest of the tour to include the experiences you would like from the options below.  Tour with Skywalk Entry Ticket Walk across the sky on the glass bridge situated 4,000 feet above the Canyon floor. Get a complete 360˚ panoramic view of the Grand Canyon West Rim. Tour with Helicopter and Cruise Complete your Grand Canyon experience with a thrilling helicopter flight 4,000 feet down to the Canyon floor. Then, board a pontoon boat for a 15-minute ride along the Colorado River. Tour with Helicopter, Cruise, and Skywalk Entry Ticket This is the full package to see the Grand Canyon West Rim from top to bottom. Enjoy the glass Skywalk, thrilling helicopter flight to the base of the canyon, and a 15-minute pontoon boat ride along the Colorado River. Then, unwind as you are transferred back to your accommodation in Las Vegas after your day at the Grand Canyon.  

From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Tour Experience

7. From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Tour Experience

Take an excursion from Las Vegas to the Hoover Dam, which has long been known as one of the engineering wonders of the world. When the Hoover Dam was completed in 1935 it was both the world's largest electric power-producing facility and the world's largest concrete structure. Currently, it ranks as the world's 34th-largest hydroelectric generating station. During the half-day tour, you’ll be able to view the 17 main turbines that generate a maximum of 2,074 megawatts of hydroelectric power. You’ll also take in views of the Dam and Lake Mead from the Arizona Lookout Point, the best viewing spot in the area. You also get an up-close look at the newly opened Hoover Dam bypass bridge, which is a modern feat of engineering, soaring 900 feet above the Colorado River. This bridge is the longest and tallest arch bridge in the western hemisphere. Later, enjoy a spectacular vista of the Mike O'Callahan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which opened in 2010 and stretches nearly 2,000 feet in length. There is a paddle-wheeler cruise on Lake Mead available as an option with this tour. Please note that this is not the Hard Hat Tour of the Hoover Dam.

Willow Beach: Emerald Cave and Lake Mead Kayaking Tour

8. Willow Beach: Emerald Cave and Lake Mead Kayaking Tour

Discover a kayaker’s dream destination – the Emerald Cave and Willow Beach – on this kayaking tour from Las Vegas with a guide and unlimited snacks and drinks. Swim in the cave’s enchanting green water and keep an eye out for wildlife. After meeting your guide, start with a quick kayaking lesson before gearing up and getting on your kayak. When paddling toward Emerald Cave, take a break from kayaking and explore breathtaking views of the entire canyon. Get your cameras ready for the desert bighorn sheep, blue heron, and bald eagles. Marvel at the canyon walls lining Emerald Cave that are 5,000 to 7,000 feet high. During the tour, get the chance to swim in the mystical green water of the Colorado River. When the sun shines at the right angle, reflections off the sediment on the cave walls make the river water look bright green. The outdoor adventure Sherpa shares that the cave's green waters shine the brightest during the spring and summer months. 

From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Half-Day Kayak Tour

9. From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Half-Day Kayak Tour

Swap the lights of Las Vegas for one day on a nature day trip and guided kayaking adventure in nearby Arizona. Travel to beautiful Willow Beach, surrounded by steep canyon walls along the Colorado River, the site of your kayaking activity. A great escape into rugged nature for the day. Start with a hotel pickup from the Las Vegas Strip. After arriving at Willow Beach Marina, get fitted for your kayak and away you go with your guide. Paddle north on the crystal clear Colorado River while your guide points out wildlife and geological features in your surroundings. Arrive at the Emerald Cave about 2 miles in — explore the grotto-syle cave with pristine green-colored waters. Remember your waterproof camera, you’ll need it. Next, take a short hike to visit the historical site of the River Gauger's home that overlooks the river for a great photo opportunity and amazing views. Here your guide will share history about the River Gaugers. After a quick pit stop for some snacks and refreshments, head back to the river with cool, flowing water that stays at 12 degrees Celsius (53 degrees Fahrenheit) all year round. Soak up the picturesque natural attractions as you meander your way back to your launching point, before catching your ride back to Sin City.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Champagne

10. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with Champagne

Marvel at the Grand Canyon from above on this popular helicopter tour from Las Vegas, with transfers included. Land on the canyon floor 3,500 feet below the rim to enjoy it up-close. Treat yourself to some champagne and refreshments while overlooking the Colorado River. After your Las Vegas pickup, experience a breathtaking helicopter flight over the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and Fortification Hill—an extinct volcano—along with many other awe-inspiring views. After descending 3,500 feet inside the Grand Canyon and Hualapai Indian Reservation, make sure to snap some photos after landing for some unforgettable souvenirs.  Take in the breathtaking views of the canyon and river in front of you. Then, enjoy a cool beverage, light snack, and champagne toast while sitting 300 feet above the impressive Colorado River.  Continue your journey through the beautiful Black Canyon as your return to the South Las Vegas terminal, then enjoy your transfer back to Las Vegas.  Upgrade your tour to include a flight over the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip and the city’s downtown area before heading home. This option includes the standard tour plus an additional flight over the world-famous Vegas Strip.

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What people are saying about Colorado River, Arizona

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 4,075 reviews

My guides with Fun Group were Tomo and Yu. The pickup point at Bellagio was easy to find thanks to the company’s good communication. Driving was shared between our guides because it was a 17 hour day. They were both very safe drivers I was impressed. The van I was in had a high top and well temperature controlled. This tour is well worth it. The guides did preplanned pit stops at good intervals. It was so much easier on a tour as they know exactly where the best viewing and photo opportunities were. Tomo is a seasoned photographer, as I was touring alone he was able to take shots of myself with the landscape as well as the rest of the group. That itself was worth the tour cost. The three included sights are magnificent and it was not rushed to see each site. You visit Canyon X with a Navajo guide. Beautiful. Our group of ladies was also a fun group to tour with on sept 9. Highly recommend company and tour. Details were well planned - no hiccups. It’s a long day. Recommend Tomo too!

My wife & I had a wonderful time on our Sweet Tour to the Grand Canyon/Hoover Dam. Our guide (Konoa) & driver (Carlos) were outstanding! The trip was fun, informative, interesting, funny & so beautiful. It was our 1st trip to the Canyon & Hoover Dam. We were blown away. We both learned quite a bit too as Konoa was a fountain of interesting facts. A great time. Too, my wife left her hat on the bus and the company (Earl) personally delivered it to our hotel. Big thanks for that extra effort. And thanks to the receptionist (Lucille?). She also went above & beyond making sure my wife got her hat back. We would definitely use Sweet Tour Co again & would recommend them to our friends & family. Thanks for a wonderful time!!

One of the best trips we had in US. Initially we wanted to do all the activities on our own in a 2-day tour with stay in Page, however we decided to go with FunGroup and it was the the best choice. I liked them from the first email-contact where they provided all details for the tour. Our guides were very helpful and made the tour very interesting. Recommended it with all my heart - tourists from Poland :)

We traveled from Las Vegas to Willow Beach and it was an easy drive. Our guide, Jordan texted us a day before with pertinent info. He has a very upbeat personality and quite knowledgeable about Black Canyon and Colorado River. We had a blast!

We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. The Colorado River is beautiful and the views as we kayaked were wonderful. We also enjoyed having some time to stop off and swim in the river and the opportunity to take photos.