Blazin’ Paddles provides full day and half-day professionally guided kayak tours so that you can safely enjoy the beauty of the Black Canyon and walk away with amazing memories of this sustainable adventure on the Colorado River.
From our comfortable Mercedes Sprinter to our lightweight carbon-fiber paddles, we lead with excellent, clean equipment unparalleled by competitors. We provide a quality experience at a reasonable price.
Blazin’ Paddles supports the National Park’s mission to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.
We help the National Park Service achieve that mission by providing our guests with a safe, informative and enjoyable experience. We believe in leaving no trace in our tour operations. Take only pictures and memories and leave nothing behind.
Guest and employee safety is our main concern.
Guides are trained in river rescue, wilderness first-aid & CPR. Our head guide is a Wilderness first-aid instructor and we staff a Rescue 3 International swift water rescue technician.
Great Customer Experience.
We believe that our customer’s experience begins well before they get on the river. We love what we do and we want to share that enthusiasm and passion with our guests from the moment they first call us and through every opportunity we get to touch their lives.
Invest in our people.
Professional guides are the heart of our company. We believe in continuous professional development and Blazin’ Paddles encourages our guides to seek higher professional certifications and qualifications and to pursue life-long learning goals.
Blazin Paddles management has decades of experience in adventure sport and travel management.
This experience includes owning and managing a whitewater rafting company in Alaska and developing and managing off-road tour products and cruise line shore excursions. One interesting fact about Blazin’ Paddles is that, quite by coincidence, our company has developed a unique connection with Alaska – almost all of our staff has lived in Alaska at one time or another. We have a great team, all of whom share a love and passion for adventure, travel and what we do. Our guides are absolutely fascinating. We have guides who have worked with Tibetan refugees in India, guides who are All-American athletes, guides who have starred on Reality TV shows, and guides who have traveled around the world. We look forward to sharing the Black Canyon of the Colorado River with you.
Our Tour Guides
This is Andrew. Andrew was born and raised in Las Vegas. You can usually find him exploring the outdoors with his kids. When he’s not outside, he’s probably on the couch watching any documentary he can find. If you want to know who Andrew’s favorite baseball team is, it’s definitely not the Braves.
You might find Celeste at home watching one of her favorite movies like CODA or listening to music from Khalid. Or you might find her dozens of miles from any town, in the middle of the Arizona desert, camping by the edge of a cliff. That’s because she’ll go anywhere she can pitch a tent. Originally from the Monterey Bay area of California, Celeste is a talented artist and at ten years, one of the most experienced guides on the lower Colorado River. Come on by the Blazin’ Paddles shop located in Hoover Dam Lodge where you can check-out and purchase some of Celeste’s paintings to take home for yourself.
As a first-generation Cuban born in Las Vegas, it’s no wonder that Chelsea has already developed a love for some of the iconic parts of both the Cuban and Las Vegas cultures: cigars and the Caribbean – music festivals, concerts, and tattoos. When she’s not getting in touch with her roots, she might be enjoying one of her favorite movies like “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Scarface,” or “The Shawshank Redemption” or planning that trip to Thailand that’s long overdue.
Originally from Lindale, Texas, and later Port St. Lucie, Florida, Jamaika loves experiencing new places and new cultures. If she’s not watching one of her favorite movies, The Lord of the Rings and Jurassic Park, then she’s probably either doing some yoga, or hiking around the local wilderness with her camera in hand. After experiencing so much of the United States with her husband, one day she wants to cross the ocean and experience all that Australia has to offer.
Although John, or sometimes referred to as “Jun” or “Cho Cho” by his fellow guides, was raised in Las Vegas, everyone knows that his heart is in Guam. His love for the outdoors has taken him all over the US west coast where he’ll sometimes disappear into nature. When he’s back home in the city, John can be found breakdancing at his local studio or listening to some indie rock on his extensive vinyl collection. John says “hi.”
While most of our guides enjoy being on the water, Jules would almost certainly rather be in the water. After swimming for her high school alma mater in Henderson, Nevada, Jules continues to be active in the swimming community as a diving judge for local competitions. Aside from swimming, she enjoys reading, hiking, thrifting, taking pictures of her dog and taking advantage of the Las Vegas area’s vibrant restaurant scene.
Whether it’s in a kayak as a guide or on a cruise ship as a dancer, Krystalyn can almost always be found on the water. After growing up in Ocala, Florida, Krystalyn took her passion for dance performance to the other side of the world where she performed on cruise ships in Alaska and Mexico, then moved to Guam to dance in a magic show. The opportunity allowed her to experience different places from the rugged terrain of New Zealand to the amazing culture of Japan. When she’s not guiding for Blazin’ Paddles, you can bet that she’s taking a spontaneous hiking or camping trip in the Nevada wilderness or in one of the areas many National Parks.
There are those who love nature, and then there are those who love to be one with nature… Melissa is the latter. One of her favorite things to do is immersing herself and senses in nature: building fires, soak in oceans, lakes, and rivers, watching plants grow, and climbing mountains and trees. Often drawing inspiration from nature, she creates art through dance or other forms of expression and expresses the soul in whatever way it calls. Originally from Southern California, some of her favorite places to visit are Big Sur, Mexico, Hawaii, and South America. One Day, she hopes to visit Morocco, Spain, and New Zealand.
Michael can best be described by the titles of two of his favorite movies. As a guide that can do anything, he is Everything, Everywhere, all at Once. And because of his golden color hair, he can also be described as Legally Blonde. Born and raised in Mokena, Illinois, Michael is always looking for his next place to visit and potentially settle. After moving across the country a few years ago, Michael now has his sights set on moving to a foreign country like the UK or Australia. When he’s not exploring new lands, Michael enjoys running, hiking, and camping all while being accompanied by the music of Lana Del Ray.
As one of the few born and raised residents of Boulder City, Mike can tell you anything you want to know about the town that built Hoover Dam. Want to know where to eat? Ask Mike. Where’s the best place to see bighorn sheep? Ask Mike. Even if you want to know how to properly treat a compound fracture you can ask Mike, because he is also a local paramedic and firefighter. When he’s not on the river or at the station, you can bet that Mike is probably spending time with his wife and kids, or possibly binging some “Star Wars” … or both.
Born and raised in the Las Vegas Valley, Nichole is no stranger to the National Parks in the bordering states. She often travels into the Utah wilderness to hike, camp, or use the quiet of the outdoors to start a new book. One day, she hopes to get as far north as Glacier National Park. When Nichole is back home, she loves to take advantage of Sin City’s many concerts and attend performances from her favorite country and hip-hop artists. If she’s looking for more of a chill activity, she’ll either be watching one of her favorite movies like Fundamentals of Caring, or Lilo & Stitch, or finishing that book she started earlier.
As an avid rugby player, it’s no wonder that someday Ray would like to visit Australia and New Zealand and maybe catch a match or six. She was born in Wethersfield, Connecticut and later moved out west. There, she developed a love for the outdoors and loves to experience nature through hiking and camping with friends. She has made a second home on the lower Colorado River where she has been guiding for over five years. It doesn’t matter if she is on or off the river, Ray can sometimes be heard singing her favorite tunes from Led Zeppelin, Rebelution, or Kendrick Lamar.
Our Tours & Services
We offer Individuals, families, small groups and amateur kayakers full day, half day or nighttime entertainment on the Colorado River. Come enjoy a different desert experience and check off the Hoover Dam, kayaking and the Colorado from your bucket list all in one day.
Curious to try kayaking? Want to see the Hoover Dam from a unique perspective? Or maybe desert wildlife is your thing. Let us take you on a journey down the beautiful Colorado River. Our complimentary shuttle service will pick you up at your Strip hotel, and transport you to the launch site in one of our Mercedes Sprinters. Your knowledgeable guide will start you on your paddle down Black Canyon, stopping and pointing out numerous historical artifacts. If adrenaline is more of your thing, we have a couple amazing cliff views that you must see for yourself. Finally, enjoy snacks before heading back to Willow Beach.
Full Day Black Canyon – 12 mi one way (7am departure)
Half Day Black Canyon – 4 mi round trip (10:30 am departure)
Half Day Black Canyon – 4 mi round trip (12:00pm departure)
Twilight Paddle – 4 mi round trip (evening departure)