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.