Do people kayak in the fall in Las Vegas?
People often associate the fall season with heading indoors and curling up by the fire. But in Las Vegas, the fall is the perfect time to stay active outside with clear, sunny skies! There is very little rainfall in Sin City at this time of the year, making it an even more attractive place to linger outdoors. One favorite activity in the area is kayaking, which is a perfect way to relax and appreciate the area’s spectacular scenery while avoiding the summertime crowds.
If you are new to kayaking or haven’t spent much time boating in the area, a kayak tour is a perfect way to become familiar with a new place or gain confidence out on the water. If you’re not quite sure that you are ready for a full-day tour or have a packed schedule that includes other activities, a Half Day Kayak Tour offered by Blazin’ Paddles is a perfect option. The half-day tour is a shorter kayaking tour that lasts about three hours on the water. The tour lasts about 5-6 hours, including pick-up and drop-off times. Departure times are around 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. The tour’s athletic ability is listed as easy to moderate, which makes it a suitable activity for kayakers of various levels, including beginners. When you sign up for the tour, you’ll be treated to some of the most spectacular natural sights and wildlife in the area. The tour is about four miles total and includes a stop at the majestic Black Canyon. From a convenient location on the Las Vegas Strip, you and anyone traveling with you will catch a ride in a Mercedes Sprinter van. The van brings you to Willow Beach, where your guide will provide you with an orientation for the day and help you fit into your kayak.
Wildlife and Nature
The Colorado River is one of the most rugged and naturally beautiful areas. It is home to the Black Canyon, teeming with natural history and wildlife. The Black Canyon is great if you want to catch sightings of Bald Eagles, Desert Big Horn Sheep, and other iconic animals. Before you get to the Black Canyon, you will stop briefly upstream from the launch point to a historical overlook area. From here, you can enjoy epic views of the Colorado River. A knowledgeable guide on the Las Vegas kayaking tour will give you an overview of the area’s history and tell you all about what the river has been used for in the past. You can enjoy complimentary snacks as you listen!
Along with learning about the area’s rich history, you will be able to stop at the famed Emerald Cave, a world-renowned destination for kayakers. The cave is known for its stunning waters that turn a brilliant shade of Emerald green when the lighting is right. This popular tour is a professionally guided kayaking tour that goes four miles round-trip. Plan to spend about three hours on the water, although you might spend more time on the water for photos and swimming breaks. You don’t have to worry about transportation, as a shuttle will pick you up from a pick-up location on the Las Vegas Strip. Your ride will also be arranged for when the kayak tour is over.
Why Visit the Emerald Cave?
Of all the places you can check out on a Las Vegas kayaking adventure, the Emerald Cave is one of the most memorable and spectacular. The Emerald Cave tour is a perfect way to experience one of the Colorado River’s top attractions with someone who can help you make the most of your experience. The Emerald Cave is a brilliant cave along the Colorado River known for its emerald green waters. However, most people don’t know that the cave’s waters are not emerald all the time. The waters take on their green hue during specific times of the day when the light hits the water in a certain way. Since there’s only a brief period of time to catch the shining emerald waters, you’ll want to go with a guide on an Emerald Cave tour to make sure you see the waters at their finest, especially if this is the first time that you will be visiting the Emerald Cave.
The Black Canyon
The Black Canyon is another one of the most popular sites to visit on a Vegas kayak tour. The Black Canyon is a beautiful area along the Colorado River that is accessible through full-day and half-day tours. Regardless of the tour you choose, you’ll have the opportunity to experience one of the most famous natural sites in the area. The Black Canyon is teeming with natural history and wildlife, and it’s a great spot to look for desert animals such as Bald Eagles and Big Horn Sheep.
Another great kayaking spot to consider if you are visiting Las Vegas is the Hoover Dam. The Hoover Dam is one of the most famous manmade sites in the Southwest. The Hoover Dam borders Nevada and Arizona, so if you want an extended experience exploring the dam, you can also go camping out along the river at specific locations. The Hoover Dam is impressive by any standard, with a total volume of 3,250,000 cubic yards and a maximum water depth of 590 feet. The Hoover Dam is conveniently situated about 30 miles south of Las Vegas, so it’s an accessible destination if you plan a short excursion from the city for the day. Ask about a Colorado River kayaking tour that will also bring you to the Hoover Dam if you’re curious to learn more and check out the dam. You may also be able to find a tour that stops at local hot springs en route.
What Should You Pack?
When you’re packing for a Las Vegas kayaking tour in the fall, you’ll want to be prepared for a wide range of conditions. Generally, the fall season is mild in Las Vegas, with highs averaging about 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The weather is mostly dry and clear, and there is very little rainfall. The nights will get progressively cooler as fall progresses, so you will want to pack layers and warm clothes to account for the fluctuating temperatures. Although you won’t be out in the water in the middle of summer, you should still bring personal protection against the sun’s intense rays, including sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. If you don’t have a dry bag to store all your personal belongings, you can usually get one from a kayaking outfitter to help stash all the items you wish to bring along without worrying about them getting wet.
Wear the Right Clothes
In addition to packing layers, you’ll want to wear the right clothing to avoid a miserable experience. At a minimum, you should pack a shirt, underwear, and pants made of fast-drying fabrics. Avoid cotton no matter what material you choose, as it retains moisture and will cling to your skin. Getting cold and wet during the fall can range from unpleasant to dangerous.
Contact Blazin’ Paddles today for more information about kayaking in Las Vegas during the fall.