​4 Best Boat Rides Around Las Vegas

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Give your legs a break and step aboard a boat during your next trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. Whether you’re looking for a lengthy adventure or a short cruise to fill your agenda, there are plenty of great spots to go sightseeing in the desert (sans hiking boots). To help narrow down your options, we’ve gathered 4 of the best boat rides around Las Vegas for you to choose from.

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​Get "Lost" in the Desert Near Las Vegas

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Itching for an adventurous escape in 2018? We’ve gathered some of the top outdoor activities for you to consider in Southern Nevada. Whether you’re down to explore the desert on your own or prefer to be a part of a guided tour, Las Vegas has plenty of opportunity for adrenaline seekers. Wander through these five desert adventure destinations near Las Vegas below and don’t be afraid to get lost in nature for a day or two.

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​3 Predators to Keep an Eye Out for at Hoover Dam

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Predators come in all shapes and sizes, making them fun to spot (from a distance) in the wild. If you’re planning a trip to Southern Nevada soon, we suggest spending a day or two enjoying the wildlife that surrounds one of the most iconic landmarks in American history – the Hoover Dam. At Black Canyon River Adventures, we take our guests safely down the Colorado River by motorized raft. Just sit back, breathe in fresh air, and enjoy the scenery.

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3 Top Places for River Rafting in Nevada

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What trip to the Southwest could possibly be complete without a desert river adventure? Here at Black Canyon River Adventures, we’re all about everyone having a great time out in the glory of nature. Of course, that’s less likely if you don’t do your homework, which is why we’re here to offer you three of the best Nevada destinations for river rafting.

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​Fun Side Trips From Lake Mead

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The Lake Mead National Recreational Area is the ideal place to anchor yourself for your next vacation out west. Located within close proximity to Las Vegas and boasting some of the most exciting adventures in the region, Lake Mead offers travelers of all varieties the opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime.

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Best Activities Near Las Vegas for Seniors

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While some senior citizens are contented playing the slots and seeing shows all day, many older adults want to get out and explore Las Vegas. Luckily, there’s a surplus of all-ages active pursuits in and around the city. If you (or your older family members) don’t want to stay seated in the casinos, here are five Vegas-area hotspots for active seniors.  

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​4 Places to Eat Near Hoover Dam

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More than a million visitors tour the Hoover Dam each year. Millions more view the dam while driving the nearby Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge – the tallest single-span bridge in the world. Whether the dam is your destination or you’re on the road to Vegas, you’ll need to fuel up your belly sometime during the day. While there’s no restaurant onsite, the area around Hoover Dam offers a handful of eateries and tour stops to keep your family well-fed.

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​Alternate Ways to See the Hoover Dam

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The Hoover Dam is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the American West, signifying the efforts made by Americans during the Great Depression to complete this astounding project and the country's dedication to progress. It's a quick day trip from Las Vegas, Nevada, and a destination that people want to visit from across the globe. However, at Black Canyon River Adventures, we feel it's better to experience the dam rather than just see it from a distance.

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​Toddlers, Tweens and Teens: Family-Friendly Activities Near the Hoover Dam

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Keeping toddlers, tweens and teens engaged during a vacation to the Hoover Dam outside of Las Vegas can present challenges to parents. Often considered an ‘adult-oriented’ city, you might be surprised just how much there is to do in the area that is delightful for the entire family. Here are three fun-filled activities to enjoy during your next Vegas vacation or trip to the Hoover Dam.

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​How Does the Colorado River Flow?

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The Colorado River is a place of adventure. At 1,450 miles from end-to-end, it’s only the fifth longest river in America. Yet countless travelers have experienced its waters, whether braving the whitewater rapids at Breckenridge or rafting the smoother stretch that flows from the Hoover Dam downriver to Willow Beach in Arizona.

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​Hidden Hikes Near Hoover Dam

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Lake Mead Recreation Area has a reputation for diverse landscapes and activities. More than seven million people visited the site last year, attracted to the sparkling blue lakes, mountains, canyons and sandstone cliffs spread across 1.5 million acres. Visitors can also tour inside Hoover Dam, or get a close-up look from the waters of the Colorado River on our Black Canyon Raft Tour. The 3-hour trip takes guests from the base of Hoover Dam through beautiful Black Canyon to Willow Beach, a little over 11 miles downriver.

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Sample Itinerary: A Day at Hoover Dam

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There’s more to Nevada than casinos and showgirls. Just 40 minutes southeast of Sin City you’ll find one of America’s major landmarks: Hoover Dam. Built in the early 1930s, the massive dam was intended to control flooding of the Colorado River and provide power to the growing population in the Southwest. Today, the dam generates enough power to serve 1.3 million people.

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​5 River Rafting Safety Tips

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The Colorado River is home to some of the wildest, most challenging rapids in the Southwest. Countless rafters have told stories about their encounters with Class IV and V rapids, having their kayaks flip over or swimming in freezing cold waters.

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​The Waters of Hoover Dam: A Timeline

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In 2015, a ghost town appeared at Lake Mead. For years, Arizona had suffered through drought, bringing the waters of the manmade lake and the Colorado River at Black Canyon down to record lows. The lake literally hit bottom in June of that year, revealing the ruins of St. Thomas – a once-prosperous railroad town and Mormon settlement that was abandoned in the 1930s to make way for Hoover Dam.

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3 Great Group Activities Near Vegas

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It’s better to have company in Las Vegas. The best Sin City vacation stories come from vacationing with friends or family – whether for a raucous bachelor party, a family reunion or a company retreat. The Strip offers plenty of museums and nighttime activities for large groups. However, if you’re craving a bonding experience that doesn’t involve tequila or acrobatics, it’s best to look beyond the downtown lights. There you’ll find group-friendly activities with an outdoorsy bend.   

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River Rafting Essentials

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Part of Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the 30-mile stretch of the Colorado River known as the Black Canyon Water Trail is one of the area’s best spots for river rafting. The river here is classified as “moving flatwater,” which makes for a gentle, easy ride that’s ideal for sightseers and first-time rafters.

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