Arizona Canyon Becomes Southwest’s First National Water Trail

Willow Beach, Lake Mead | Courtesy of National Park Service

Willow Beach, Lake Mead | Courtesy of National Park Service

The Black Canyon Water Trail, a portion of the Colorado River that flows through Lake Mead National Recreation Area, has become the first federally designated National Water Trail in the Southwest.

The designation by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell also make the Black Canyon Water Trail the first such trail through a desert. Water trails are intended for use by people in small, non-motorized boats, such as canoes and kayaks.

The 30-mile trail can be accessed via a guided hike from the base of Hoover Dam; from Willow Beach, 14 miles south of the dam; or from Eldorado Canyon in Nevada.

Sandy beaches, colorful caves and desert bighorn sheep are among the things you might see along the route. For more information about the Black Canyon Water Trail, click here.

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6 responses to “Arizona Canyon Becomes Southwest’s First National Water Trail

  1. Nestl

    Another federal government grab from the state

  2. tom

    this is xactly what overweight and overpampered American citizens need. oar power, leg power, lung power!

  3. We have done a canoe trip on this leg almost every year for the past 12 years and camped overnight. Its really beautiful.

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