October 26, 2021




 L to R: Guests Pausing for a Photo on the Kayak Hoover Dam and Hot Springs Hike Tour; Visitors Paddling through the Black Canyon on the Lower Colorado River.
(Photos Courtesy of Evolution Expeditions)

Experience Up-Close Views of Hoover Dam, Emerald Cave, Geothermal Hot Springs

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LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA (October 2021) – Evolution Expeditions, the Colorado River’s best-in-class kayaking and hiking tour operator, announces five incredible tours ideal to enjoy during autumn’s perfect weather. From three-hour tours to full-day excursions, Evolution Expeditions offers unique adventures daily led by expert guides who educate guests about geological features, spectacular wildlife, hidden beaches, hot springs and historic buildings and structures such as the Hoover Dam. 

Featuring calm, tranquil waters, kayaking tours are ideal for beginners and advanced paddlers alike. Kayaking tours are available year round; hiking tours are available through May.

“October and November are ideal months to experience a kayaking trip on the Colorado River,” said Chris Cherney, owner, Evolution Expeditions. “The fall weather is perfect for a morning paddle and hike, plus relaxation time in geothermal hot springs. Best of all, many visitors don’t know this is an ideal time for kayaking, so for guests who do choose to explore the Black Canyon, they’ll enjoy a visit to the popular Emerald Cave without the crowds and private beaches all to themselves.”

Kayak Hoover Dam and Hot Springs Hike – Featuring approximately seven hours of paddling, hiking and marveling in the beauty of the Black Canyon, this tour provides a fish-eye view of the massive Hoover Dam. The adventure starts with a descent down the original road carved into the canyon walls in the 1930s. Guests will paddle from the base of the Hoover Dam down the Colorado River to view impressive waterfalls, learn about local wildlife, kayak in the breathtaking Emerald Cave and soak in geothermal hot spring pools hidden within side-canyons. All participants will enjoy a catered lunch, as well as bottled water, juice and snacks along the way. This tour is available for $229 per person. 

Kayak Emerald Cave – Offering unparalleled views of primitive volcanic canyon walls, as well as a catered lunch on a remote beach, this tour encompasses approximately four hours of adventure along the Colorado River. Guests will paddle around giant volcanic boulders at the opening of Black Canyon, witness the remarkable green water of Emerald Cave, hike up a hill to enjoy a spectacular view of the entire canyon and swim by a remote beach, all while learning about the wildlife on both Nevada’s and Arizona’s shorelines. This tour is available for $139 per person. 

Kayak Emerald Cave Express – Featuring three hours of spectacular scenery, the Emerald Cave Express tour starts at Willow Beach, where guests will be transported back in time to learn about the historic sites along the Colorado River. Participants will venture into the Black Canyon, paddle past landmarks from the 1920-era Hoover Dam project and enjoy stunning photo opportunities of the glowing green water inside Emerald Cave. Bottled water, juice and snacks are also provided. This tour is available for $99 per person. 

Arizona Hot Spring Hike – Available as a morning hike or evening adventure, this five-hour-long tour offers the opportunity to soak in steaming geothermal pools ranging from 100 to 112 degrees Fahrenheit. Visitors will hike three miles to the springs, located in a narrow slot canyon made of volcanic rock coated in salt and calcium that precipitate from the hot springs and give the canyon a lively texture. Professional tour guides will offer bottled water, juice and snacks and share fascinating details about the local flora and fauna along the way, such as the big horn sheep, coyotes and ringtail cats. This tour is available for $99 per person. 

Goldstrike Hot Spring Hike – A perfect combination of adventure and relaxation, this early-morning five-hour-long tour features a 3.5-mile hike through the Gold Strike Canyon. Guests will descend to the Colorado River, where they can take a plunge in its beautiful emerald waters, followed by a few relaxing hours soaking in the geothermal pools of Gold Strike canyon while enjoying snacks and beverages. The hike out provides a new perspective of Gold Strike Canyon, with incredible photo opportunities and the possibility to spot local wildlife, including Big Horn sheep and other desert fauna. This tour is available for $99 per person. 

For large groups, Evolution Expeditions also offers fully customizable tours and group rates on kayaking tours year round. For more information or to book a tour, visit or call (702) 259-5292.

Since 2006, Evolution Expeditions has established itself as the most reliable kayak tour operator on the Colorado River. Known for delivering best-in-class hiking and kayaking experiences, Evolution Expeditions offers unique adventures led by expert guides who educate guests about geological features, spectacular wildlife, hidden beaches, hot springs and historic buildings and structures. With safety at the core of their values, all Evolution Expeditions tour guides hold current wilderness first aid (WFA) certificates and undergo the most extensive guide training in the area, including kayak rescues, emergency response and natural history knowledge and interpretation. For more information visit or its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

Andrea Heerdt/Erika Pope
The Vox Agency
(469) 226-4723/ (702) 249-2977

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