Black Canyon: Canoe down the Colorado 2 days (Camping) - pre New Year's Eve trip

  • December 27, 2012 · 4:00 PM

Hello Adventurers,

Come join us for a fun filled, easy, 12 mile canoe (or kayak) ride and camping trip down the Colorado River over 2 days. 

Cost:  $106 (permit and outfitter price for Fri/Sat) -> Non refundable, so check your schedules! Does not include Thurs night camp or hotel.

If interested, pls contact me (sign up on the waiting list), and I will add you to the list once I received payment.  NO experience required.

We may get a discount if the group is a certain size.

My Mother is coming from the Old Country around Christmas, and I am taking her to a canoe trip down the Black Canyon starting at Hoover Dam. Normally I would do more of an adventure trip (for those of you who know me), fit all I can into it, climb all the canyons I can, stop at every hot spring, etc… but I don’t want to torture my Mom, so I will take it easy on this trip. This should, however, not limit you and your sense of adventure!

We will drive up Thursday afternoon (Dec 27th), stay in the casino hotel (Hacienda), but, of course, you are welcome to camp out Thursday night as I know most of you are tough, cold weather campers J. We’ll meet up Friday morning at a designated spot (either by the Hacienda, or Willow Beach, TBD), where the outfitter will pick us up and drop us into the Colorado River right front of Hoover Dam. This is where our adventure begins. With a map in hand, we will take a relaxing stroll down (the water floats about 1.5 miles per hour) the Colorado River.

This is a 12 mile, flat water, mostly shallow section of the Colorado River, that cuts through a long and beautiful canyon with many hot springs.  There will be scenery with desert views, rocks, longhorn sheep, awesome colors! We will stop in a few spots to explore some cool canyons with weeping moss formations, stick our feet into hot springs, sit under a hot waterfall, and much more….You may explore as much as you can handle. We will camp in the AZ Hot Springs camping spot (established camp site with 2 ‘porta-potties’) Friday night, where we’ll make fire (BRING FIREWOOD!!!) and some great dinner. If the group is small, I will see if we want to cook together (maybe even Hungarian goulash), or if the group is bigger, we’ll just sit and cook 'together'J Bring drinks you enjoy, you will need it to warm you up! The night will be cold, but just 0.2 miles from the camp sites there are some nice hot springs to warm up in. It is likely that we will be alone in the camping area and the canyon itself….oh, and there are hungry ringtail cats awaiting to steal your food that you leave unattendedJ.

We will continue to float down the river Saturday late morning, check out Emerald Cave, etc…. and be picked up by the outfitter at Willow beach mid-afternoon. It will be in time to have a nice dinner at the Hacienda (cheap food!) and drive home in a reasonable time.

No prior canoeing or kayaking experience needed, the river will literally float you (in most spots). Canoes hold 2 people and a lot of gear, while you can request a single kayak also (much less gear though).

Temps are normally sunny, and in the 60s during the day (hope we get this), and 30-40s at night.

Due to the Hoover Dam security you will need an ID, and the permit is by name. Payment will be due upfront, which will be non-refunable, and may not be transferable.  Please make sure you can go before signing up.  No refunds (I will work out what I can if you find someone else to go instead of you, but permits are non-transferable and non-refundable). $106 (permit & rental) via paypal.  This does not include camping or hotel Thursday night.

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  • Aniko

    Thanks to all of you for coming along, bringing a great attitude, and making the trip successful!!! Fun, Fun, Fun:)

    December 31, 2012

  • Robert

    Fantastic trip!

    December 30, 2012

  • Kimberly

    Magnifico! It was great meeting you and your wonderful mother. What a cutie she is!

    December 30, 2012

  • Darrell J.

    Thanks Aniko for organizing the trip. Great trip, enjoyed meeting everyone, great weather too!

    December 30, 2012

  • Robert

    Thank You For the experience

    December 30, 2012

  • Steve B.

    Amazing trip! This actually gets six stars :)

    December 30, 2012

  • Sunshine

    Enjoyed this outing immensely! Great organizer, people, and weather.

    December 30, 2012

  • Bonnie K.

    It was quite the experience! Thanks to all who made it that way!

    December 30, 2012

  • Kevin

    Excellent trip.

    December 29, 2012

  • Kevin

    Joe and I are here at Hotel.

    December 27, 2012

    • Aniko

      And I am just leaving town

      December 27, 2012

    • Aniko

      Will be at the restaurant around 9pm local time if anyone os interested:)

      December 27, 2012

  • Kevin

    $ 19.99 Sportsman's Warehouse neoprene socks.

    December 27, 2012

  • Aniko

    IF you have, or can buy, bring neoprene sock(s) ($12-16 in sporting good stores). It will keep your feet warmer than regular socks when wet. But bring at least 1 dry shoes for the evening that you can change into...it will be cooooooold!!! I can't say it enough. The temps turned this week, and it may be in the 30s vs. the high 50s I was hoping for.

    December 26, 2012

    • Kimberly

      $30 at REI, NRS brand.

      December 27, 2012

    • Aniko

      Wow, $16 in other stores...REI is overpriced!

      December 27, 2012

  • Aniko

    If you have a grill surface that can be used above the fire, please bring it...we'll need to cook on something. Also, I have some Hungarian food (paprika chicken and some sausage, pepper and tomatoes dish) that will be shared with those who want to try... if I had to guess it's good for 15-20 people for dinner, especially if you bring some desert, and maybe some side stuff...
    If you have a big bowl to warm this up in (thick stew kind of things), please bring it. It will be a big party (you'll need to bring plates, napkins, utensils, cups..etc..)

    December 26, 2012

    • Darrell J.

      Aniko, I have a grill for the fire I will bring.

      December 26, 2012

    • Sunshine

      OMG - that is good stuff - what a treat!! I had that in the village of Holloko.

      December 27, 2012

  • Aniko

    Last item: you may want to purchase a couple of hand/feet warmers. This is a $1.25 chemical warmer packet that will significantly help cold hands and feet...in any sporting good store.
    See you Friday morning or tomorrow.

    December 26, 2012

  • Aniko

    Recap:
    Meet at the side of the Hacienda at[masked] am - outside, looking at the hotel, the left side - (local time, NOT AZ time) Friday morning (unless you are camping, in which case you will be picked up from Willow Beach (or designate a spot to me asap) at 6.15 am.

    Hotel stayers: I might do an early egg/toast/bacon breakfast at the hotel ($2.99 last time) before 6.45 am

    I will most likely have dinner at the Hacienda (cheap casino food) Thurs night also...if interested, text me

    Carpool:
    1) Darrell / Robert / Kiimberly / Dawn (campers) ~3pm
    2) Joe / Kevin (hotel) ~ leave in the morning
    3) Steve (hotel) / Brad (camp?) ~ afternoon
    4) Bonnie / Brenda (hotel) ~ afternoon
    5) Robert / Ruth (hotel) ~ ???
    6) Danuta (coming from Flag after skiing)
    7) Me +2

    Boat:
    kayak: Steve and Dawn
    Canoe: remainder 14 ppl. I know some of you discussed the arrangements, but some of you may have to be paired up with people you don't know. My cell (txt): [masked]

    December 26, 2012

    • Aniko

      If not ok to be paired up, let me know if you want a kayak...but we'll make it fun, don't be scared:)

      December 26, 2012

  • Bonnie K.

    Brad and Steve, Brenda and I are going to go with our original plan and ride up together. But thanks for the offer!

    Bonnie

    December 26, 2012

  • Bonnie K.

    Brad are you AKA "Steve"? I'm leaving from 40th and I10! However Brenda is is N Scottsdale!

    December 26, 2012

    • Aniko

      Sorry for the confusion. Steve is now on the list also. We are still missing 3 from the list whom I listed as my guests...hope this helps. If you and Brenda can join Steve and Brad, you guys can all hitch a ride...it's a good balance.

      December 26, 2012

  • Brad B.

    I was a little worried that Steva and I wouldn't have enough to talk about on our long drive so I looked up some Kayaker jokes. I thought I would share one to get everyone started.

    Three old men are sittin’ in their kayaks fishing a cove on a quiet Sunday morning when a funeral procession drives by. One of the old men takes off his hat & puts it over his heart. The procession winds its way around the cove and disappears over a hill. The old man puts his hat back on and continues fishing. One of the other old timers says “Geeze Ed, that was a thoughtful thing to do.” Ed replies “It was the least I could do after 49 years of marriage.”

    December 26, 2012

  • Steve B.

    Bonnie, Brad and I (Steve) are different people. I signed up for the trip from a different site than HHH. I would be glad to give Brad a ride.

    December 26, 2012

  • Steve B.

    I'm leaving from the Ahwatukee area and can leave anytime. I would be glad to pick Brad up around Baseline and Central.

    December 26, 2012

  • Bonnie K.

    Brenda and I (Bonnie) are planning on going in my car but where is Steve leaving from?

    December 26, 2012

    • Aniko

      Steve is flexible...time and location. Might make sense to carpool. He is hauling his kayak, so he has to drive anyway. Which part of town are you located?

      December 26, 2012

    • Brad B.

      I am near South Mountain. Around Baseline and Central.

      December 26, 2012

  • Aniko

    Brenda/Bonnie, are you guys riding together? Or do you want to ride up with Steve? He is going to the hotel also. Let me know.

    December 26, 2012

  • Brad B.

    I would like a ride if possible. I can be ready to go anytime after Noon on Thursday. I will be camping Thursday night. Brad

    December 26, 2012

    • Aniko

      Brad, Steve is driving up..

      December 26, 2012

    • Aniko

      do you want to hitch a ride with him? Flex leave time. Also, he has a room with 2 queens if you would rather do the hotel. Cheap.

      December 26, 2012

  • Danuta

    I will not get there until late since I'll be coming from Flag after skiing. I will likely just sleep in my car butt will see you all in the morning.

    December 23, 2012

    • Aniko

      Take my cell with you, not sure i will have reception, but just in case...6.45 local time ...

      December 26, 2012

    • Brenda T

      Whats a campfire without smores?! No worries I've got it covered! Enough for all :)

      December 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Aniko, I'll bring a single-burner Coleman and a large pot for cooking.
    Also, If anyone would like some company on the way up and wants to leave earlier, Kevin and I are meeting at my place at 8:00am. We're going early to do a little sight seeing. I have room for one more person and their gear in my car. If interested, let me know.

    December 25, 2012

    • Aniko

      Thanks:)

      December 26, 2012

  • Darrell J.

    Aniko, Boulder City is on Pacific time zone which is one hour behind Arizona. So will the outfitter be picking us up at Williw Beach at 6:15 Nevada time since that is 7:15 Arizona time? Otherwise we might be an hour early to the Hacienda. Thanks.

    1 · December 25, 2012

    • Aniko

      Everything local or NV time...

      December 26, 2012

  • Aniko

    Meeting time Friday morning by the Hacienda (look for the side with the canoe/kayak trailer and my Blue Smurfmobil =FJ Cruiser) at 6.45ish (local NV time).
    For those coming from the Willow Beach campground, expect to be picked up at 6.15am. Local time. (=7.15 AZ time)

    Does everyone have a carpool?
    1) while Steve can drive 3 more
    2) Kevin/Joe can drive 1 more (staying in the hotel) Anyone needs a meetup place / carpool for Thursday afternoon?
    Lastly...I was up near Page today, and it was cold...dress warm, bring fleece blankets and warm clothes....don't freeze to death:)

    December 26, 2012

  • Aniko

    Merry Christmas, Guys... I will bring some Hungarian food for the group for the Friday night dinner, anyone has big pots we can warm food up in? if yes, bring it....you might want to bring something small and desert to eat, but this will be good for all of us for dinner. Bring plates and silverwear. Please let me know if you have a big pot..

    December 24, 2012

  • Steve B.

    I'm driving up since I have my own kayak, and would be glad to take passengers!

    December 24, 2012

  • Sunshine

    Any room in any carpool? I can camp or stay in a room - flexible.
    Let me know - thanks!

    December 23, 2012

    • Darrell J.

      Sunshine, do you want to carpool with me, Kimberly and Robert? we are meeting at my house and leaving around 3:30 PM Thursday. I live near 40st and Indian School. My cell is[masked], call me if you want to ride up with us.

      December 23, 2012

  • Darrell J.

    For those who want to camp at Willow Beach here is the link to the campground info: http://willowbeachharbor.com/willowbeach/campground/?vm=r&s=1. I will probably get there around 8:00-9:00 PM, stop in Kingman for dinner.

    December 23, 2012

    • Darrell J.

      There are 9 tents campsites, last time I was there none were being used. The tent sites are the ones that back up by the cliffs, look at the map.

      December 23, 2012

  • Aniko

    1) Girls, anyone want to share a room with Bonnie? Please reply to her?

    2) Steve B is driving his car and has room for 3 more in the carpool. Any takers to arrange ahead?

    3) Who is planning on camping? I have heard others staying in the Hacienda, but would like to take a count on how many camping. I will be in the Hacienda, and we need to know if the outfitter should pick people up at Willow beach. It will be early in the morning to get to the Hacienda by 6.45? (pickup around 6.15 am?)

    4) You will need your camping gear for Friday night,...don't forget. (tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bags, firewood, dinner, etc...)

    December 19, 2012

    • Kimberly

      Darrell's crew will probably leave the valley around 4. He drives a beige Avalanche so if you see one at Willow camp, more than likely, it us. Respond to message if you are camping as well Thursday night so we can keep an eye out for you.

      December 23, 2012

    • Darrell J.

      For those who want to camp at Willow Beach here is the link to the campground info: http://willowbeachhar...­. I will probably get there around 8:00-9:00 PM, stop in Kingman for dinner. The tents sites are $20 per night. Take the Willow Beach road to the Harbor parking lot. The campground is on road going out of back of parking lot going east back towards HWY 93, look for campground signs. You drive back in about a 1-2 miles from the Harbor parking lot, very pretty in there.

      December 23, 2012

  • Kimberly

    Thank you Aniko for addressing the bathroom issues. Nothing like forgetting TP.

    December 23, 2012

  • Nina

    Am I on the list to go...did you pay for me?

    December 20, 2012

    • Aniko

      @ Nina: I have to take a count how many paid, but a couple might have to cancel due to an injury. Would you like to come? Pls send me your e-mail address if yes.

      December 20, 2012

  • Aniko

    Thank you to those who have taken care of the paypal part...please let me know - unless you already told me - if you want a kayak instead of a canoe. As for the rest of you...are you guys still coming? I have not received e-mail addresses from a couple of you, and payment pending from some of you. It will be a fun trip...hurry up:)

    December 16, 2012

    • Aniko

      Bring all you need for your comfort. I will most likely have a big tent, plenty blankets, double sleeping bag, mattress, and a lot more. The Outfitter will provide drybags for the gear you want to keep dry...yes, while it's camping, you can fit more in a canoe than when you go backpacking..oh, don't forget the cooler with the steaks, wine, beer and other goodies. It will be a fun trip! And there will be space for the firewood. We'll just put it in a trash bag to avoid it getting wet:)

      December 18, 2012

    • Darrell J.

      Me and Robert are sharing a canoe.

      December 20, 2012

  • Darrell J.

    Aniko,

    Yes, me and Robert and Kimberly would like to camp out at Willow Beach the night before. Can you have the outfitter pick us up at Willow Beach?

    December 20, 2012

  • Brad B.

    I think I will camp also. Do I need a reservation to camp? Below are some links I found useful on what to pack.

    http://www.utah.com/raft/packing_list.htm
    http://www.ehow.com/how_2334862_pack-canoe-float-trip.html
    http://www.mokimac.com/floatnotesGC8days.htm

    December 20, 2012

  • Kevin

    Joe and I will be at the Hacienda Thurs. night.

    December 20, 2012

  • Aniko

    Steven and Johnny - I have not heard from you. Are you still planning on coming? We need to arrange the permits, so if you are, please contact me asap. Thx.

    December 18, 2012

    • steven

      Take care and best of luck. Have lots of fun!

      December 18, 2012

    • Johnny C.

      Sorry for waiting so long Aniko, i will have a definite answer for you on Friday, waiting on approval for time off from work.

      December 20, 2012

  • Bonnie K.

    I'm going to stay at the Hacienda Hotel Thursday night and would like someone to share a room if anyone is interested. Just let me know and we can figure this out. If interested in carpooling that would work also.

    Bonnie

    December 18, 2012

    • Brenda T

      Bonnie, I was considering staying at Hacienda Thursday night also. Sharing a room would work. Did you already make a reservation? We could carpool also or Aniko's post stated Steve has room for 3. Riding with him could be an option also. Let me know what you think.

      December 19, 2012

  • Kevin

    Aniko, do you know if glass container's are allowed, most Arizona river and lakes are prohibited.

    December 18, 2012

    • Aniko

      glass usually not allowed anywhere, but if you are careful and carry out what you carry in...your call.

      December 19, 2012

  • Aniko

    Hello everyone - will send a more detailed e-mail hopefully tomorrow, but the basics:
    * we'll camp or stay in a hotel (your choice) Thursday night. I am doing the Hacienda Hotel.
    * For those camping (most likely Willow Beach, but let me know if you need ideas), the outfitter will pick you up and shuttle you to the Hacienda Hotel. We will check in, and leave the Hacienda for the trip at 7 am. We get dropped off by Hoover Dam with our boats, and there we go.
    * We camp at a designated spot (will provide maps) Friday night, you will have lots of space in the canoe for tent, sleeping bags (we'll get dry bags for our stuff), good food, drinks, and your kitchen sink (ok, not that:)). We'll cook on the fire at night, steaks, chicken, whatever you feel like.
    * Have to bring all the drinking water you will need (recommend 2 gallons person minimum)
    * Warm clothes, shoes that can get wet, towels for the hot springs, firewood at night.
    * More details to come soon:)

    December 18, 2012

  • Bonnie K.

    is there a link to pay????????????

    December 17, 2012

    • Kimberly

      Bonnie, I sent you an email. contact me please. Thanks

      December 17, 2012

    • Aniko

      Bonnie - sent you the information, and have you down for a canoe

      December 18, 2012

  • Bonnie K.

    I would like a canoe please!!!!

    December 17, 2012

    • Kimberly

      Bonnie, the price includes a canoe.

      December 17, 2012

    • Aniko

      canoe coming your way:)

      December 18, 2012

  • Danuta

    Well if a Canoe is more fun...I could use a canoe instead.
    I just sent you my e-mail. Thanks for your patience:)

    December 17, 2012

  • Danuta

    I would prefer a kayak but can bring my own. Do we bring tents etc?
    Also i plan to pay today sometime. Sorry about delay.

    December 17, 2012

  • Bonnie K.

    I will pay as soon as I get to work this A.M.

    December 17, 2012

  • Aniko

    Hello Guys...need your e-mail addresses to send you the Paypal Invoice. I prepaid for the permits, so please do the right thing! Plus, it will be an awesome trip, so you don't want to miss it...lol.
    Send your e-mail to [masked]

    December 11, 2012

  • Ramblin R.

    I would love to go but will have too much family in town to steal away that much time.

    December 8, 2012

  • Sunshine

    I will take a kayak. do they have front and back storage?

    December 6, 2012

    • Aniko

      Hi Sunshine, I reserved a Jackson Day-Tripper kayak..supposedly has more space than the normal kayak. Sure would not rather share a canoe:)

      December 7, 2012

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