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Ask-A-Guide Series: Best Part of a Blazin’ Paddles Tour

Written By: Burton Miller (Blazin’ Paddles Tour Guide)

What makes a Blazin’ Paddles tour so fun is that your tour guides are having fun right along with you. We love our jobs, our guests, and we love kayaking on the Colorado River! Here’s what your tour guides had to say about their favorite part of a Blazin’ Paddles tour. Be sure to follow us on Instagram for more kayaking inspiration! 

Lauren

I really enjoy meeting people from all over the world, and the almost daily encounters with desert wildlife. I feel so lucky to have the Colorado River as my office, and I enjoy every tour!

Dani

I love being on the river and in Black Canyon, so it’s hard to choose a favorite part! I love every part!

Edgar

Enjoying the crystal clear water and jaw dropping views while paddling with people who enjoy the outdoors as much as I do makes every day unforgettable.

Burton

My favorite part of the tour is on the half-day, after leaving the overlook and you approach the narrowing canyon. All of a sudden you can’t see the bottom of the river anymore and the canyon walls get higher and higher. That view never gets old!

Liz

If you are lucky enough to see the Desert Bighorn Sheep in their natural habitat, and all the other desert wildlife!

Seth

Arizona hot springs on the full day tour. It’s always great to soak!

Ryan

Swimming in the refreshing 52 degree Colorado River and sharing that experience with our guest! Best way to beat the heat in the desert.

Ask-A-Guide Series: Best Vegas Attractions

Written By: Burton Miller (Blazin’ Paddles Tour Guide)

Vegas has so much to offer besides the casinos. There are many attractions for all ages and interests on the Strip and beyond. We asked the guides for their favorites, so enjoy! 

Seth – Tour Guide

The Mob Museum and The Distillery in the basement. There’s great local history and a speakeasy!

Ryan – Owner

Going to a Vegas Golden Knights game. The amount of energy in the T-Mobile Arena is mind blowing!

Liz – Office Manager

Downtown Las Vegas because it’s the best place to bar hop and Fremont Street is the best place to people watch!

    

Burton – Tour Guide

Riding the Big Shot on the Stratosphere. Unforgettable!

Edgar – Tour Guide

Drive-in movies at the West Wind because you can hang outside with family while enjoying the movie.

 

Ask-A-Guide Series: Best Day Trips

Written By: Burton Miller (Blazin’ Paddles Tour Guide)

Las Vegas used to be known only as a gambling destination. Over the years people have learned the secret about the other side of Vegas: it is an amazing hub for adventures in Nevada, Arizona, California and Utah! There are many places that you can reach within one day, and even return to Vegas on the same day. It should come as no surprise that when you ask outdoor guides for a day trip, they will all choose outdoor places and adventures! 

Seth – Guide

Brianhead, Utah for snowboarding and mountain biking. There are outdoor activities to do all year long! 

Ryan – Owner

I like to wake up early at 5am. Drive to St. George, Utah for breakfast then continue on to Zion National Park. Spend the day hiking for 6 or 7 hours and make it back in time for dinner in Vegas.

Liz – Office Manager

Hiking all around Vegas. My favorite hike is Gold Strike, it’s not the easiest hike but I love being able to see the natural hot springs and going down to the Colorado River. Red Rock Canyon also has a ton of hikes for all levels of fitness!

Burton – Tour Guide

An amazing day trip is to go to Death Valley. You can make a driving loop out of it and enter through the southern end via Shoshone or Death Valley Junction. Badwater Basin is a MUST. The salt flat looks other-worldly and you’ve never felt that kind of heat. Then venture north to either the Oasis or the Ranch at Furnace Creek for lunch and a pit stop. Next you’ll head out the east entrance on Route 374 (make a bonus trip to the sand dunes if time allows). Stop at the ghost town of Rhyolite before dinner in Beatty and driving back to Vegas!

Edgar – Tour Guide

Going to Zion National Park and enjoying a great hike and a little lunch with a gorgeous view

Lauren – Tour Guide

     It’s a toss up between hiking and rock climbing in Zion National Park, and hiking in Valley of Fire State Park. At Zion I love the challenging Angel’s Landing trail, and looking for the petroglyphs in Valley of Fire!

Anti-Tour of Las Vegas

Written By: Burton Miller (Blazin’ Paddles Tour Guide)

Las Vegas draws people from all around the world, and many are repeat visitors. After a couple of visits, some tourists feel ready to break out of the Strip and venture out. That’s where the anti-tour comes in. An anti-tour is about seeing another side of a city than the main tourist attractions: places where locals like to eat, shop, and spend their free time. Here are some great spots to check out if you’ve done the Strip and need a change! 

Arts District

Take a walk down South Main Street in the Arts District and you’ll wonder if you’re even in the same Las Vegas as your hotel. The businesses here are mostly locally owned and offer unique shopping and dining. Pop into Retro Vegas for fun vintage items and local nostalgia, or try a cocktail at the reggae inspired Jammyland. If reptiles in formaldehyde are more your scene, then don’t miss Las Vegas Oddities!  

Clark County Museum

Step back in time at the Clark County Museum in Henderson and learn some authentic history of Southern Nevada. Boulder City was originally a government town for Hoover Dam and Henderson was a company town for Basic Magnesium, which meant that housing was provided to the workers. The Clark County Museum has preserved and restored a handful of these delightful cottage homes from the 1930’s and 1940’s. Admission is only $2 for adults.

Chinatown/Koreatown

Less than two miles off the strip is the long-standing Chinatown Plaza. With over 15 restaurants to choose from including korean barbecue, seafood, and bakeries, there is something for everyone at this great Strip alternative.

Fergusons Market in the Alley

On the third Saturday of each month, Ferguson’s Downtown hosts the Market in the Alley, which is a collection of unique sales booths from local artisans. There is jewelry, vintage clothing, handmade pottery, coffee, art prints and more. It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon! As a bonus, check out some of the downtown murals while you’re there.

Lake Las Vegas

Tucked away in the foothills along the Las Vegas Wash, Lake Las Vegas has become a tiny escape for locals. It’s only about 30 minutes from the Strip but feels like a world away with lush trees and gardens, cobblestone walkways between restaurants and even a small sandy beach with boat rentals and an aquapark. Saturday nights during the summer and fall there is free live music beneath the stars. It’s also the filming site of America’s Sweethearts starring Julia Roberts!

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