Kayak the Colorado is a Coast Guard certified and licensed “fishing guide” in Marble Canyon. Most people that kayak in the “Horse Shoe Bend” will use our “Backhaul Service” to access the upper regions of the Colorado river and kayak back to Lee’s Ferry and their awaiting car. Kayak the Colorado is not a guide service, but does rent kayaks (Watercraft page) to travel downstream to the parking lot at Lee’s Ferry.
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There are no rapids above Lee’s Ferry only 3-4 MPH of current down 10K CFS of crystal clear trout filled river. The water temperature is 50 degrees so always carry an extra set of clothes, water, and food.
For a one day trip we suggest a drop off at the Petroglyphs at Horse Shoe Bend which is 9 miles and can take 3-5 hours to paddle back to Lee’s Ferry. For overnight trips we can take you all the way to the dam 16 miles that can take 7-10 hours to paddle back to Lee’s Ferry. Overnight trips allow people to work with any inclement weather like wind on their journey.
There are toilets and fire rings at all camps. Camps are designated at the composting toilets. On your backhaul we will point out all of the good campsites and hikes.
There is no permit at this time to kayak and camp. You will need to pay for parking at the GCNRA kiosk on Lee’s Ferry road unless you have an Annual National Parks Pass.
There are no guided kayak trips on the Colorado river. If you need a guide, try our fishing trip, it’s an amazing day.
There are several hikes on the trip. Short hikes to petroglyphs, and Waterholes canyon a 3/4 mile jaunt to the exit of a canyoneering route Waterholes Canyon Amphitheater.