Imagine canoeing down a very calm, slow moving stretch of the Colorado River through awe inspiring canyons with 4 different hot springs, a sauna cave, great food, the Hoover Dam, hiking, swimming, petroglyphs, stars, and even a meteor shower.
This is a 3 day/ 2 night guided adventure where Blue Waters will provide knowledgeable/ awesome guides, meals, tables, chairs, water, firewood, and all gear needed for canoeing (canoe, PFD, paddle, and 1 large dry bag per person for your camping gear – 109 litres).
We meet at 7am on the first day to load our gear into our 109 litre dry bags, and get paddle ready. At 8am we will leave the parking lot to launch our canoes at the base of the Hoover Dam where your adventure truly begins. Our time will be spent soaking in hot springs, hiking, relaxing, and enjoying.
Guests are encouraged to stay at he Hoover Dam Lodge since it is directly across the street from the shuttle pick up, and is reasonably priced with recent upgrades.
Blue Waters can also facilitate transportation from Las Vegas Airport to Hoover Dam Lodge with prior notice.
7 am – Meet at paddle craft area across from the Hoover Dam Lodge in Boulder City, NV. This is the staging area directly across the street from the Hoover Dam Lodge. Guests arriving the night before will be issued a 109 litre dry bag. Please pack this bag with all of your camping gear prior to meeting at 7am. Please have your ID with you for the shuttle, and in an easily accessible place.
8 am – We will load in to the shuttle vans to head to the launch. At the launch we are allotted 15 minutes to load into our canoes and launch. Once we launch, our first stop will be a sauna cave located a few minutes downstream. We will continue paddling down the river to Gold Strike canyon where we will enjoy a soak in the hot springs and hiking.
From here, we will continue on to Arizona Hot Springs where we will be camped for the next two days. After setting up camp, guests are free to hike around or enjoy a soak.
7 pm – Dinner of kabobs will be prepared and campfire desserts served in the evening.
8:30 am – Breakfast is served. Omelettes will be prepared for guests, as well as the options of granola or oatmeal. Enjoy hot coffee, teas and fresh juices.
10 am – Guests will have 3 options for how to spend the rest of their day.
Option 1 – hiking to the top of Arizona Canyon; a 6.5 mile hike through petroglyph wash and white rock canyon
Option 2 – paddling up river to secluded slot canyons and explore other hot springs (such as Boy Scout)
Option 3 – Relax at camp.
For guests that join the hike or paddle, we will pack lunches to enjoy while we are out for the day.
7 pm – We will all gather back at camp for a Jambalaya dinner and fireside enjoyment.
8 am – On our final day in the Black Canyon Wilderness we will pack up our camp, enjoy a nice breakfast and make our way down the last 8 miles to the take out at Willow Creek (mile marker 52.5).
Breakfast – not provided by Blue Waters
Lunch – watermelon, tomato and feta salad. Wrap bar with hummus, deli meats and cheese, peanut butter, cucumbers, lettuce
Dinner – Build your own Kabobs (or we can) with an assortment of veggies, marinated steak, BBQ sauce, pineapple salsa and bread and cheese
Dessert – s’mores dip
Breakfast – build your own boil in the bag omelets (with the leftovers from kabobs) potato hash, fresh fruit, coffee and tea
Lunch – wrap bar (same as above) and Cobb Salad
Dinner – Jambalaya – (Soysage for vegetarians and sausage for meat eaters) Side salad
Dessert – “Ice cream cone” wrapped in foil in the fire. (filled with assorted chocolates, nuts, fruit)
Breakfast – fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, instant oatmeal, coffee and tea
Lunch – wrap bar (same as above) plus Quinoa, Corn and Mint Salad