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Last weekend (2/21/14-2/23/14) I did a solo kayak trip on a lazy portion of the Colorado river below Hoover Dam. I had to hire a guide to get me into the water and to shuttle me back upriver a couple days later. The guide cost me $30 and I also had to get a $17 park permit to put my kayak on the river. $47 was worth it in my opinion. It was a really fun trip. It was a total of 12 miles on the river. 4 miles into the trip I stopped and camped a couple nights at Arizona Hot Springs. After camping out 2 nights I paddled the final 8 miles to Willow Beach in Arizona where I met the guide and they shuttled me back to my vehicle. For the first couple miles there are many hot springs flowing into the river. There are also lots of trailheads and slot canyons to get out at along the way and explore.
Temps: Hi 80-deg day, Low 45-deg night
Primary Gear: 9.5' Dimension Kayak, Dakine Daypack, Kelty Crestone 1 tent, Sierra Designs bag, Thermarest sleeping pad, Snow-Peak mug and Primus stove, misc dry bags, freezdried meals, Sawyer mini filter, Misc. Camera gear.
below: I put in right below Hoover Dam. The only way to get to this point is to hire a guide or work for the Government so not everyone gets to see this view.
below: Lots of beautiful scenes along the way.
below: AZ hot springs Campground on the Colorado River. Only way to get here is to hike in 2.5 miles down a slot canyon/wash or kayak to it.
Once you get to AZ hot springs it is about a half mile walk up a slot canyon to get to the hot springs. The hot springs are right above this ladder (below):
below: misc pics taken along the way
Overall, it was a really fun trip. I met lots of nice people and had a blast. I highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in doing it.