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.