Kayak Horseshoe Bend

Paddle down the Colorado River

View Horseshoe Bend as few do – while paddling down the Colorado River in one of our rental kayaks or rental paddleboards or you can bring your own. Our specially designed and outfitted boats haul you upriver through spectacular Glen Canyon to Horseshoe Bend to get you started.

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Explore Marble Canyon

Make your trip a full package

Many activities await you just minutes from Cliff Dwellers Lodge. Hiking, rafting, fishing, visiting parks and star gazing will keep you busy for hours or days it’s all up to you.

We’ll help you to plan your paddle trip down the Colorado River from Horseshoe Bend – from start to finish we’ll make it one of the best trips you ever experienced.

Or Call: (928) 355-2211

Plan Your Trip

We’ll help you to plan your paddle trip down the Colorado River from Horseshoe Bend – from start to finish we’ll make it one of the best trips you ever experienced.

Backhaul Services

We provide a backhaul service for kayaks, paddleboards, and small inflatable watercraft from the launch ramp at Lees Ferry 15 miles up the Colorado River.

Boat Rentals

Our rental boats were designed and constructed for the unique waters and requirements of the Colorado River at Lees Ferry. Click below to learn more.

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About us

Kayaking Horseshoe Bend

Kayak Horseshoe Bend is a kayak and paddleboard backhaul service (water taxi) and kayak rental company. We move small boats from the launch ramp at Lees Ferry (the beginning of the Grand Canyon) 15 miles up the Colorado River to just below the Glen Canyon Dam that creates Lake Powell. You can make a day of it paddling back to Lees Ferry or ask your captain to drop you off anywhere along the way for a paddle that fits your schedule … even just a couple hours. Most people elect to go to Petroglyph Beach which is at the top of Horseshoe Bend and this paddle usually takes 4 to 5 hours to complete.

Daily Departures Begin At 6 AM to 8 AM (depending on the season)

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Dining, Fishing, Kayaking

Discover Marble Canyon

Cliff Dwellers Lodge

Stay in one of our rooms and enjoy majestic views of the resounding area in northern Arizona. Our lodge is positioned close to all the nearby attractions.

Lees Ferry Anglers

Where it all begins. We are Arizona’s largest fly fishing outfitter and oldest fly shop at the crown of the Grand Canyon. Visit us to reserve a fishing guide and more.

Cliff Dwellers Restaurant

Start your day with a hearty breakfast. Grab a quick lunch or end your day with a mouthwatering dinner. You’ll always get a great meal when you dine with us.

Nearby Attractions

Whether you’re a thrill seeker or looking for a bit of solitude we’ve got you covered. Kayak, hike nearby trails, fish, visit National Parks, or simply stargaze.

Fisherman Outfitting

Lees Ferry Anglers Fly Shop

Whether you’re buying gear for fishing Lees Ferry or more distant waters, we can provide you with the equipment that has passed our own personal trials and punishment. Visit Fly Shop
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What people are saying

Guest Reviews

The owner has many years of experience and knowledge of this river. He is very responsive in answering any questions that you may have. It was a pleasure to have met him and highly recommend using his company for your Colorado River experience!

– Cynthia Ruiz | June 2022

OMG this was amazing! My wife, 11 year old daughter and I just had the time of our lives! We so appreciate how willing Wendy was to rebook our trip after a family emergency. We overnighted at Cliffdweller Lodge before taking off on our kayak adventure! Oh was it ever worth…

– Julie W. | May 2022

My wife and I really enjoyed our Kayak/ Camping weekend out here. It started with this backhaul service. The crew loading the boat were professional and courteous. The Captain was friendly and knowledgeable providing us with blankets and a little tour…

– Daryl B. | Apr. 2022

Unbelievable day on the river… Troy was a great guide that was extremely knowledgeable about the area and gave us awesome info on the canyon. The wind started picking up about halfway through our trip, but we tried to fight through it. The guides let us try our best…

– Michael H. | June 2022

I had an absolutely spectacular experience renting kayaks over spring break. They were easy to work with and made everything run smoothly. Our boat captain Troy was awesome; super knowledgable and just overall super interesting to talk to. You could tell he absolutely…

– Maegan L. | Mar 2022

Such a fun and beautiful experience! The most amazing views and surroundings, we had such a great day out on the river! Renting the kayaks was very affordable and the haulback service is so worth it and easy! And you get to take a boat ride to your starting destination…

– Rebecca S. | Apr 2022

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Kayak Horseshoe Bend

Find us on a map

Kayak Horseshoe Bend sits at the base of the Vermilion Cliffs and is adjacent to Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. We are in the center of all the National Parks in the region and an easy drive to the North and South Rim of the Grand Canyon as well as Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks.

Got questions or need help with booking your trip? Click the button below to call or send us a message. We are excited for you to come visit!