Black Canyon Water Trail

Managed By

National Park Service, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
in partnership with Bureau of Reclamation, Black Canyon Water Trail

Trail Overview

The Black Canyon Water Trail is located along a rugged and remote portion of the Colorado River in Arizona and Nevada within Lake Mead National Recreation Area.  The trail begins at the base of the Hoover Dam and meanders through Black Canyon along 30 miles of the Colorado River.  The trail terminates at Eldorado Canyon, the historic mining area on Lake Mohave.  This spectacular river setting provides unique paddling and rafting opportunities from flowing hot springs in some of the side canyons to the history associated with the Hoover Dam and the early inhabitants of the surrounding areas.

Trail Length:

30 miles

Trail Location

Colorado River south for 30 miles from Hoover Dam, within Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Open Dates

Year Round (10/01 to 12/31)

Hours of Operation

Open 24 hours

Trail Mission Statement

The purpose of the Black Canyon Water Trail is to recognize and protect 30-miles of the Colorado River corridor from Hoover Dam to Eldorado Canyon and provide information on the associated natural and cultural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.

Uses and Activities

  • Boating, motorized
  • Boating, nonmotorized: Canoeing
  • Boating, nonmotorized: Rafting
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Heritage and History
  • Swimming
  • Swimming: Wading
  • Wildlife Observation

Water Trail & Surrounding Surfaces

  • Water, rapids
  • Water, moderate moving
  • Water, slow moving
  • Grass or vegetation
  • Rock, boulders
  • Rock, smooth
  • Soil

More Information

Visit the Black Canyon Water Trail website.

Best Management Practices

This information was last updated on 6/20/2014 at 10:09 AM