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Kayak Horseshoe Bend

Kayak Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend kayak trip on the Colorado River

Experience the beauty of the Colorado River with our Colorado Float trip! This fantastic adventure lets you kayak the Colorado River and enjoy your Horseshoe Bend and Grand Canyon-esque adventure without the cost, time, or hassle.

The 15-mile paddle trip between the Glen Canyon Dam and Lee's Ferry will amaze you with towering red canyon walls, clear water, legendary trout fishing, and beautiful campsites. Did you know the Colorado River is 1,450 miles long and flows through seven US states, including Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, and California? It's a significant water source for agriculture, industry, and human consumption in the western United States.

During your Colorado Float trip, you'll have the opportunity to see some of the most incredible sights along the Colorado River. The water is frigid, with temperatures averaging around 46°F (8°C), so we don't recommend sustained swimming, but quick dips will cool you off. The trip starts and ends at Lee's Ferry, located in northern Arizona and the only place for hundreds of miles where you can easily access the Colorado River from the rim of the Grand Canyon. John D. Lee established the ferry service in the late 1800s, and they named it Lee's Ferry.

To start your adventure, reserve a "back-haul," a motorized raft that will take you from Lees Ferry upstream to the dam. You then paddle about 6 hours downstream, stopping halfway to camp if you'd like, and end back at Lee's Ferry, where your vehicle is parked. Please pick up and return your boats using your vehicle at our office in Page, 45 minutes away. Page is a small town in northern Arizona, located near some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world, including the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, and Bryce Canyon National Park.

Kayaking the Colorado River is an experience you'll never forget, and our Colorado Float trip is the perfect way to enjoy it. Book your adventure today and discover the magic of the Colorado River and Lees Ferry!

Please pick up and return your boats using your vehicle at our office in Page, 45 minutes away. Lees Ferry is a 45-minute drive from Page, a 2.5-hour drive from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon or Zion, and 2 hours from the North Rim.

 

Step by Step Guide:

1) Get your Paddle board or Kayak rental from us! Check availability by booking online, or contact us.

2) Make a back-haul reservation with Marble Canyon Outfitters (800-533-7339). A back-haul is mandatory.

3) Pick up your rental at the Kayak Lake Powell office on the day of your reservation.

4) Load up your rental equipment on your vehicle(s). Most cars can fit multiple kayaks. We provide pads and straps.

5) Unload your gear and Drive to the Lee's Ferry boat ramp. Overnight parking is a short distance from the boat ramp. There are bathrooms, water, and a shaded picnic area. Meet the Marble Canyon Outfitters rafts at the docks upstream from the boat ramp. Load your equipment onto the rafts and get a ride 15 miles upstream.

6) Make camp at one of the six campsites on the river. No need to make reservations; your $30 park entrance fee includes them. Room for tents is generally okay, but you may need to walk in from the beach, landing on popular weekends. All campsites have toilets. Fires are allowed, but wood collecting is prohibited. Bring your firewood.

7) Finish your paddle down the river. Navigating is very easy - it's an enormous gorge. Print this river map to track your progress and find what you want - campsites, petroglyphs, side canyon hikes, or bathrooms. Six hours is a reasonable estimate for how long the entire paddle will take. Add in extra time for stops on shore.

This is just a rough guideline - how hard you paddle, consistency, water flow, and wind conditions are all key factors. If strong winds are in the forecast, getting an early start on your day is very important, as winds usually increase in the afternoons.

8) You arrive at Lees Ferry, load your boats back on your car, and return your equipment to the Kayak Lake Powell office in Page, Arizona.

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