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GoRafting.com and FarOut formed a partnership to create the Black Canyon Water Trail guide. Rafting on the Colorado River outside Las Vegas is to experience a mixture of beauty and rich history. The Colorado River forms the border between Nevada and Arizona along this stretch of river. Right of the river is Nevada and to the left is Arizona.

This guide presents a variant of the Black Canyon Water Trail with no permits required. The suggested trip in this guide is to start at Willow Beach. This is located 11.5 miles downstream of the Hoover Dam. From this location you can paddle upstream towards the dam as a day trip.  You can also divert to one of the many riverside campsites before returning to Willow Beach.

The Arizona Hot Springs at mile eight are an outstanding destination as well as campsite. This trip is done year-round, although it is best in the spring and fall. Most people enjoy the river trail on canoes or kayaks. Be aware that the river level fluctuates throughout the day and night as the release from the Hoover dam is adjusted. Current will get stronger in the afternoon, and it is important to pull your boats high onto the beaches at night in case the river level rises overnight.

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In 2020, Matt Volpert, Byron Roos-Collins, and Augie Houlemard joined together to form GoRafting.com . The three launched the project to publish detailed whitewater rafting and kayaking guidebooks for rivers around the globe. By pairing extensive professional guiding and expedition experience with help from industry partners, the GoRafting.com team has created modern guidebooks for many popular rivers. Whitewater excursions, whether single-day or multi-day, involve a significant amount of variables to be run safely, efficiently, and enjoyably. These are the factors that have driven the clear, and information-filled design of Gorafting’s guidebooks. The team is thrilled to partner with FarOut to take their guidebooks offline, and to join FarOut’s expansive community of backcountry enthusiasts. Augie, Byron, and Matt spend most of their free time on river trips. Say hello if you see them on the water!

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