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Kayaking The Colorado River & Arizona Hot Springs

Wow 2016 is almost over and I have a ton of posts to finish up here on the blog! It seems like this time of year I am the busiest, which leaves little time for blogging. Anyways back to the end of summer! I took a trip out to Vegas to visit my long time friend Johnathan. This way not your typical Vegas trip, we actually really did not party at all, but we did some adventuring. We decided to Kayak the Colorado river!

This trip starts at the base of the Hoover Dam. You are taken down Lower Portal Road, which is the only road to the base of Hoover Dam. It is a secure area so you need a approved guide to take you down as well as a purchased permit for the day you plan on going. Once you get to the bottom of the river you are literally at the base of the dam, it is quite a sight to see!

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The kayak trip itself is all flat water, so it is a pretty easy. I actually had never kayaked before this! It did get a bit windy which makes things a little hard, but it wasn’t all that bad. You are in the middle of Black Canyon so the scenery is just awesome!

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About half-way through the trip you’ll come to a beach. Believe me you’ll know it when you see it. This is where most people stop off to check out the Arizona Hot Springs. You follow a little stream of water up into the canyon, as you keep on climbing the water starts getting warmer and the canyon walls start getting taller. As you get to the top there are actual pools of hot water, really hot! It is incredibly refreshing and just such a cool thing. You actually feel pretty accomplished as well since you have to Kayak to get to these springs!


 The entire trip is 11.7 miles, which takes around 5 hours to complete. If you are in the Vegas area I would definitely suggest taking this trip! The scenery is just awesome and the hot springs are one of the coolest things I’ve experienced this year! We booked our trip through Desert Adventures. Here is one of my favorite shots I took that day.

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  • hello haha narf

    huge fan of kayaking. this trip is now officially on the must list. thank you for the recommendation!

  • Beautiful photos! Kayaking is amazing.