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Kayak Horseshoe Bend

Touring Antelope Canyon is definitely on your to-do list, as is paying a visit to Insta-famous Horseshoe Bend Overlook. But no visit to Page, AZ, is complete without getting out on the water. Now, where to get your aquatic activity fix? How about the Colorado River, right down in Horseshoe Bend?

Kayak Horseshoe Bend

Introducing Kayak Horseshoe Bend, a more hands-on alternative to the Horseshoe Bend Raft Trip that first-time kayakers can take part in. Lees Ferry, approximately 1-hour drive from Page, AZ, is where your adventure begins. Rent a single or tandem kayak, or a stand-up paddleboard (SUP), or you can bring your own. Then, board a specially equipped backhaul boat piloted by a US Coast Guard Certified Captain, traveling upriver to the drop-off location of your choice. For an all-day paddle adventure, go the 15 miles upriver to the base of 700’ tall Glen Canyon Dam.

If you only have a half-day or less to work with, starting off from Horseshoe Bend or Petroglyph Beach would still give you ample opportunity to enjoy this unique experience. Your Lees Ferry Anglers representative can give you recommendations based on your goals and timeframe.

Fair warning: this is the type of trip you don’t want to rush! After boarding your kayaks and pushing off from your designated drop location, the day is yours to explore Glen Canyon’s stunning scenery unescorted. Stunning geological formations appear before your eyes as canyon walls rise 1,000’ over the course of your journey. Wildlife such as bighorn sheep and mule deer, and waterfowl such as herons, cranes, and egrets call the banks of the river on this sole remaining intact stretch of Glen Canyon home. Hawks, falcons, and California condors may even swoop into the picture. As for sound, the peaceful silence is occasionally punctuated by the rhythm of your paddles, the forlorn cry of a canyon wren, and the splash of a fish leaping for its meal. Bring a picnic lunch and pause for a break on the banks of the river. Take a refreshing dip in the cool, crystal clear waters.

If you only have a half-day or less to work with, starting off from Horseshoe Bend or Petroglyph Beach would still give you ample opportunity to enjoy this unique experience. Your Lees Ferry Anglers representative can give you recommendations based on your goals and timeframe.

Horseshoe Bend

Those with the time, inclination, and equipment may opt to camp out on the river – it’s free of charge and no permit is required! If you enjoy a good day of fishing back home, pick up an Arizona fishing license and bring your rod and reel – this stretch of the Colorado River is world-famous for trophy trout, striped bass, and sunfish. Limits or quotas on certain species and/or catch and release policies may apply. Glen Canyon Fishing Regulations

If you only have a half-day or less to work with, starting off from Horseshoe Bend or Petroglyph Beach would still give you ample opportunity to enjoy this unique experience. Your Lees Ferry Anglers representative can give you recommendations based on your goals and timeframe.

Back at Lees Ferry, it’s time to beach your kayak or SUP at Kayak Horseshoe Bend’s designated, signed paddle craft turn-in area. Afterward, you’re free to head out to the next stop on your American Southwest vacation, or, explore the Lees Ferry/Marble Canyon area further. There’s a lot to discover here, such as the Lees Ferry/Lonely Dell Ranch Historic Site, the twin Navajo Bridges (a favorite sunbathing spot of California Condors), and an expansive balanced rock garden, including the Blanche Russell House, the original Cliff Dweller’s Lodge. If you’re hungry, the modern version of Cliff Dweller’s Lodge is one of the best-rated restaurants in Northern Arizona, so stop in for a bite and reflect on what an amazing day this has been with Kayak Horseshoe Bend!

If you only have a half-day or less to work with, starting off from Horseshoe Bend or Petroglyph Beach would still give you ample opportunity to enjoy this unique experience. Your Lees Ferry Anglers representative can give you recommendations based on your goals and timeframe.

Trip duration: 2 hours to full day depending on your timeframe, preferences, etc. 

Operating season: March through October

Backhaul Fees:

  • $75 per person for backhaul service including up to 100 pounds of watercraft, luggage, and gear. There is a two-person minimum ($150) for the backhaul boat.
  • $50 surcharge per person for watercraft, luggage, and gear exceeding 100 pounds

 

Kayak/watercraft rental fees:

  • Single Inflatable $35
  • Single Inflatable XL Kayak $45
  • Tandem Inflatable $55
  • Fishing Kayak $45
  • Paddleboard $35

 

What’s included:

For boat/kayak rentals: paddles and PFDs (personal flotation devices aka life jackets)

If you only have a half-day or less to work with, starting off from Horseshoe Bend or Petroglyph Beach would still give you ample opportunity to enjoy this unique experience. Your Lees Ferry Anglers representative can give you recommendations based on your goals and timeframe.

What’s not included:

  • Food and beverages
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area entrance fee ($30/vehicle, good for 7 days time)
  • Arizona fishing license
  • Camping or fishing equipment

 

What to know: 

  • You are welcome to bring your own kayak or stand-up paddleboard, but Lees Ferry Anglers will not launch any craft deemed to be unsuitable or unsafe for local river conditions.
  • Summer weather is extremely hot and there is little to no shade in the canyon. Adequate sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, wide-brimmed hat, etc.), as well as a canopy or umbrella, are highly recommended. Monsoon storms (mid-July through mid-September) may occur in the afternoon, in which case, you should be prepared to seek shelter. 
  • Kayak Horseshoe Bend reserves the right to cancel a trip if weather or other conditions render the river unsafe for our guests. 
  • Children must be at least 5 and accompanied by a parent or guardian in a tandem kayak to take part.

 

If you only have a half-day or less to work with, starting off from Horseshoe Bend or Petroglyph Beach would still give you ample opportunity to enjoy this unique experience. Your Lees Ferry Anglers representative can give you recommendations based on your goals and timeframe.