Guide To Kayaking In Arizona
With a warm, dry climate, Arizona might not seem like a kayaker’s paradise, but the Grand Canyon State is packed with places for outdoor adventures on the water, not to mention awesome scenery and a wealth of wildlife.
With plenty of lakes and rivers, including the famous Colorado River, there are lots of options for kayaking in Arizona, no matter what your skill level is. So where is the best place to kayak?
Where Are The Best Places To Kayak In Arizona?
There are many excellent locations in Arizona for kayaking but in our opinion, the best ones are Lake Powell, the Grand Canyon and the Salt River, as they offer a mixture of magnificent surroundings, good paddling and plenty of areas to explore.
Fantastic scenery and geological history abound in Lake Powell. There are plenty of areas to explore, whether you’re an experienced paddler or are just starting out. You can go on multi-day adventures or just head out for a couple of hours.
Paddle along the calm waters through breathtaking canyons, from Antelope Canyon and Labyrinth Canyon to Lone Rock Canyon, there’s enough here to keep all paddlers entertained.
For kayaking on Lake Powell, you can rent kayaks and go on guided excursions at Hidden Canyon Kayak in Page, Arizona. Their guided tours start at $90 each for a 3-4 hour trip to Lone Rock Canyon or a 4 hour trip to Antelope Canyon and include kayak rental and equipment. They also offer multi-day excursions.
For daily rentals, Kayak Lake Powell has tandem kayaks for $45 a day and single kayaks for $30 a day, with discounted rates for multiple day rentals. They also offer touring kayak rentals, as well as canoes and camping equipment.
As one of the 7 wonders of the natural world, the Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular places in the world to kayak. From whitewater rapids to remarkable scenery, kayaking along the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon is an unforgettable trip.
Much of the Colorado River that flows through the Grand Canyon is whitewater, therefore in order to kayak through it all paddlers need to have Class 4 whitewater skills. At Current Adventures you can take guided kayaking tours, with 2 week trips at $4,050 (September 2017).
With Current Adventures, even less experienced paddlers can go on the trip, riding along on one of the rafts, with the possibility of kayaking where the water’s calmer.
If you’re looking to take on the Colorado River yourself, Ceiba Adventures offers kayak rentals from $30 a day and as little as $15 per day for trips of 5 or more days (2017 prices).
If you’re looking for some authentic wilderness just outside Phoenix, the Salt River can deliver. The Lower Salt River features stunning scenery and is home to an abundance of wildlife, including wild mustangs!
The waters are calm and it’s a relaxing experience paddling through centuries of geological history in the Tonto National Forest.
There are lots of places to rent kayaks and take part in other watersports, with one being Sonoran Kayak Rentals, where you can rent a kayak from $40 a day and $20 per additional day (2017 prices).
Another good option is the Sagauro Lake Guest Ranch, which offers kayak rental from $40 for a 2 hour paddling trip. The trip is not guided but it includes return courtesy shuttle from the ranch to the river.
For a guided tour, Arizona Outback Adventures offers a fun half day kayaking tour that’s fully guided, with all your equipment included, for $145 per person. It even allows for a spot of swimming!