aerial vide of Colorado river and lake mead

Escape the Dry Desert with these 4 Hot Spots

Las Vegas is hot and dry, but what if we told you there are places to escape just around the corner? With Lake Mead connecting to the Upper Colorado River and the human-made Lake Las Vegas, the opportunities to cool off on a sizzling hot day are endless. 

Kayaking the Colorado River 

Adventure through Black Canyon, located in the Upper Colorado River, with one of two kayaking tour companies. Desert Adventures and Blazin’ Paddles are located in Boulder City and welcome you for a professionally guided tour with immaculate views and vibes.

Enjoy kayaking through the calm waters of the Upper Colorado River as you admire the beauty of Southern Nevada. See the Hoover Dam from below, keep an eye out for native wildlife, and explore hidden gems such as Emerald Cave. 

Blazin’ Paddles offers three tours; half-day, full-day, and full moon twilight in Black Canyon. If you want to explore beyond the Colorado River, checkout Desert Adventures, with excursions to surrounding areas ranging from half-day to 4-day overnights. 

Lake Mead 

For a more rural lake experience, head out to Lake Mead to spend the day boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, biking or camping — who doesn’t love life at the lake? There are endless exploration opportunities for all outdoor enthusiasts. 

Climb aboard the famed Desert Princess and tour Lake Mead Mississippi style with Lake Mead Cruises. Enjoy a morning brunch, a mid-day tour, or a sunset dinner on the lake. 

Want a more adventurous day? Head over to the Lake Mead Marina for information on all the water sports activities. Spend the day on the beach with a paddleboard, relax on a pontoon boat, or zoom through the water on a speed boat. 

Take a tour with DETOURS American West and see the lake from above as you walk across the historic Hoover Dam. 

A Lake Las Vegas Getaway

Lake Las Vegas isn’t just a lake; it’s a resort with shopping, restaurants, water sports, golf and so much more. 

Lake Las Vegas Water Sports offers activities that Lake Las Vegas the perfect spot for a family bonding day:

  • Paddleboard and kayak rentals
  • Electric boat rental
  • Flyboard experience
  • Yacht Rental
  • Cable park
  • Inflatable Aqua Park

For those who prefer to stay on land, spend the day at The Village. Shop in the local boutiques, grab a snack at Seasons Grocery and end the day with dinner by the lake at one of the many tasty restaurants. 


Visit this city on the water and explore all things Colorado River with tours, museums, shopping and good eats. 

Spend the day on the water with a tour from Laughlin to Lake Havasu with London Bridge Jet Boat Tours. Experience beautiful views of Topock Gorge and spend two hours at the world-famous London Bridge. 

For a more adrenaline-filled day, check out Rocky River Adventure Center. ATV, jet ski, and cruises for you to experience all things Laughlin. Spend the morning exploring on a jet ski then enjoy a sunset dinner cruise.

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