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Discover the Emerald Cave

A mere one hour from Vegas, hiding along the Black Canyon water trail, is the Emerald Cave, only accessible by kayak, canoe, or paddle raft. For several hours a day, between April and October, the cave walls, the water, and everyone inside is bathed in brilliant, emerald-green light. There are numerous companies offering guided kayaking tours for every skill level, each with trips timed specifically to arrive when the cave is most incandescent. Many of these tours include a pick-up in Vegas and all depart from Willow Beach on the Arizona side of the Colorado River. One notable tour company is Vegas Glass Kayaks; thanks to their see-through polycarbonate kayaks, explorers can enjoy the mystical green lights of the cave while seeing the river flowing beneath them.

Willow Beach, 25804 Willow Beach Road, Willow Beach, AZ 86445. nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/willow-beach

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