The Black Canyon is a 12-mile stretch of the Colorado River below the Hoover Dam, about 60 minutes outside of Las Vegas.  The Black Canyon National Water Trail is part of Lake Mead National Recreation Area and a spectacular place to paddle.  Going downriver you'll find Nevada on the right, Arizona on the left.  Pacific Standard Time on the right, Mountain Standard on the left.  Slot canyons, hot springs, bighorn sheep, sauna cave.  Cold clean water meets hot dry air.  This is the best trip of the year and a relaxing padding vacation where your paddleboard becomes the vehicle to explore a vast canyon in the dessert.  It's incredible.

4 days | 3 nights | $399 w/own equipment | $499 includes equipment

Black Canyon SUP Reflection
SUP adventure on the Black Canyon


Travel to Las Vegas, NV.  Depending on how early you arrive in Las Vegas, enjoy yourself.  Most people choose to lodge at the Hoover Dam Lodge, 18000 Highway 93, Boulder City, NV 89005.  Hotel accommodations not included.  This is outside of Las Vegas, but is the meeting place for the next morning's group rendezvous.  No evening meeting.  

McCarran International Airport (LAS) is a great airport with direct flights from many other cities serviced by most major airlines.  



Meet @ 9am at Hoover Dam Lodge, 18000 Highway 93, Boulder City, NV 89005.  Once the entire group is accounted for and packed to go, we'll caravan to the put-in at Willow Beach in Arizona.  We'll take approximately 3 hrs to travel to the put-in and pack our boards.  After a quick lunch on shore, we'll begin our 8-mile paddle upriver to Arizona Hot Springs, taking our time to explore and experiment with technique along the way.  Upon arrival at Arizona Hot Springs, we'll make camp, celebrate happy hour and enjoy the solitude of the desert with a swim in the river, soak in the hot springs, a hike into the canyons or hills or a riverside yoga session.

8 miles
class I river


After coffee, breakfast and a morning yoga session, we'll pack our boards for a day trip of paddling, hiking & soaking.  We'll travel upriver from Arizona Hot Springs stopping at a few canyons along the way for short hikes & exploration.  If you're worried about paddling up current, we'll have a short lesson on attaining and time to practice.  Above Goldstrike Canyon we'll visit the Sauna Cave, then continue the last reach to see the Hoover Dam from below.  Not to be missed.  Towards the end of the day, we'll float back down to camp for happy hour & free time in the desert.  

8 miles
class I-II river


Unfortunately, we have to paddle out on Day Four.  After a little morning relaxation & yoga, we'll pack up and hit the river for an 8-mile paddle back to Willow Beach, stopping to eat lunch along the way.  We'll unpack the boards, pack the vehicles and depart for home.

8 miles
class I river

standup paddler on the colorado river
looking up the Black Canyon
Matt Palmariello standup paddling on the colorado river
map of the Black Canyon SUP Adventure