Willow Beach, Arizona

Canoe Black Canyon on the Colorado River

20 Miles Total - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Ciara Foley

This amazing canoe trip features incredible canyon walls, hot springs, waterfalls, (sauna) caves, hiking trails, and much more.

This 10-mile canoe trip starts at Willow Beach and reaches all the way to the Hoover Dam, giving you front row seats to beautiful canyon walls, waterfalls, hot springs, (sauna) caves, hiking trails, and much more. 

There are multiple campsites along the river but not all have pit toilets so bring your own TP and prepare to wag-bag it. 

There is lots of opportunity for cliff jumping, however, the canyon walls consist of sandstone which tend to be very crumbly. Also, the water level changes frequently so don't assume your canoes are safe! The scenery is unbelievable and in my experience, not packed with people. I did this trip with an outdoor club at my school so the canoes were provided. You can kayak up the river if you do not have access to canoes. The campsite in the photo is called Arizona Hot Springs and there are hot springs right behind the camp! You do not need a permit to use the river. There are maps available to you at the Willow Beach Convenience Store. The campsite is very family/dog friendly! 

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Canoeing
Camping
Photography
Beach
Family Friendly
Hot Springs
River
Romantic
Scenic
Cliff Jumping

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Love this trip do it every year in October with my wife and kids 3 days on the river, we use desert adventures and they are excellent.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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