The combination of a breathtaking flat-water paddle on the Colorado River and a famous hike to the most photographed waterfalls in the world is hard to pass up. Prepare to spend your next adventure soaking in hot springs, exploring caves and swimming in waterfalls! You’ll spend your first 3 days hiking and swimming in the lush oasis of Havasu Canyon, with its towering canyon walls and the spectacular Havasupai waterfalls. Enjoy the benefit of having pack mules carry all your gear while you travel light with just a daypack. Then it’s one night in a comfortable lodge near beautiful Lake Mead & Hoover Dam before trading hiking boots for kayaks and paddles. We launch our boats at the foot of Hoover Dam for a paddle through Black Canyon, with it’s exciting hiking in narrow canyons and numerous hot springs. Enjoy one more night of camping along the banks of the Colorado River at Arizona Hot Springs. No prior kayaking experience necessary!
Depart Flagstaff early for the scenic drive to Hualapai Hilltop where you will prepare for your hike. Hike 10 miles through the picturesque Hualapai and Havasu Canyons, stopping along the way to enjoy pictographs, fascinating desert flora/ fauna and the spectacular canyon walls. You will pass through the village of Supai, where the Havasupai Tribe has been living for centuries within the Grand Canyon. Upon arrival at the campground, your guide will take care of everything while you relax by the beautiful turquoise waters of Havasu Creek.
After breakfast, prepare to spend the day exploring. Your guide will give you the opportunity to explore the three main waterfalls, various side canyons and wonderful swimming holes. You may also opt to spend the day relaxing by the creek, taking in the spectacular scenery of the canyon. Whether you wish to spend the whole day hiking and swimming or simply relaxing in camp, your guide can customize the day to fit your needs.
Rise early for breakfast and prepare to retrace your steps back to Hualapai Hilltop. Enjoy the hike during the cool and shady early hours of the day, arriving back at the trailhead in time for a big, tasty lunch overlooking the Canyon. We will then travel to Boulder City, NV for a night in a comfortable lodge and dinner at a nearby restaurant.
The day begins on one of the most historic roads in the area- which takes you to your launch site at the foot of the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River. Before you launch in your state of the art kayak, your knowledgeable and experienced guide will provide a lesson in basic paddling and general river safety. Today’s distance in the kayak is not long but offers plenty of exploring. There are various side canyons with warm creeks and even a sauna cave to heat up in. Eventually we will land at our camp and have a chance to soak in the Arizona Hot Springs or take a dip in the river. Your guide will prepare dinner while you enjoy a sunset on the river banks, deep in the heart of Black Canyon.
After a night’s rest under the stars, your guide will have coffee and breakfast waiting for you. Today is all about paddling. We pack up camp and launch shortly after breakfast to enjoy time heading downstream. Once on the river, keep your eyes open for some of the local wildlife. One typically sees Big Horn Sheep, Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, and wild burros. We will stop to stretch our legs and have a snack. The day also includes a chance to paddle into the Emerald Cave. After landing at Willow Beach and loading up the boats, it’s back to Flagstaff. The trip will end in Flagstaff at approximately 5pm.
* Though previous kayaking experience is not required, all participants must be able to swim.
* The final itinerary may change due to weather or any unforeseen circumstances.*