Kayaking the Hoover Dam

After having seen pictures online of the emerald cove, I knew I wanted to go kayaking on this part of the Colorado River.

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Our put in spot was at the bottom of the Hoover Dam, which made for a very unique way of viewing the dam.

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We chose to take the tandem kayaks and ride together!

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Just getting started heading down the river. We weren’t sure what to expect for a flatwater kayaking experience, but it ended up being really fun because there were so many places to see and stop at.

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Our first stop was at this geothermal cave on the side of the river.

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We got to go inside the cave by wading through the warm water. Compared to the freezing cold river water, this felt pretty nice!

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This sign is what makes the cave a little scary! You can’t let any of the geothermal water along this stretch of the river get in your nose.

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I took so many pictures in an attempt to photograph how green the water looked.

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A small natural spring coming out of the rock. You can see the steam coming off of the rock from the hot water,

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This was the first hot spring that we stopped to soak in.

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Then we were back on the river. Thankfully the sun was starting to shine on us directly and warm things up a little bit!

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Another cave along the way.

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Backing our way into one of the caves. Jeb was carefully maneuvering us while I just took pictures!

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One of the best things about our trips is getting to combine multiple activities we love into one thing. Caves + kayaking = lots of fun!

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We were thankful that our kayaking guide was more than happy to take lots of pictures for us, so that we didn’t only have selfies!

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Headed to the main hot spring along the route. Arizona Hot Springs.

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We had to climb up this later to get there.

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We heard that people kayak here at night when there is a full moon and set up candles along the hot springs. This sounds really romantic to me!

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I was a little obsessed with the color of the water!

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We stopped for lunch along this nice stretch of sandy beach. All the ducks came over to us and looked at us pitifully, wanting food. Fortunately for them Jeb and I unintentionally dropped lots of crumbs with our sandwiches.

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About to head in the “main” emerald cave.

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I took a picture underwater with our waterproof camera. Looked really weird!

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Our next stop was to hike up onto these sketchy old platforms.

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Jeb did not liking walking on these things and wouldn’t stop long enough on them for me to take his picture!

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Would you be nervous walking on these?

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They were fairly high about the river!

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This trip proved to us that flatwater river kayaking can be a lot of fun too! We loved all the stops (geothermal caves, river caves, hot springs, sandy beaches) along the way. Also, this was only about an hour away from Las Vegas, so I would definitely recommend it to anyone that goes there!

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