There are so many ways to stay busy in Las Vegas--so many shows, bars, parties, slots--it's a veritable list of the good, the great, and the very bad choices. But who amongst us hasn't partied a little too hard along the Las Vegas Strip and needed a day to--ahem--quietly reflect on our life choices while coincidentally nursing a headache? For travelers preparing for a trip to Vegas, they should plan on needing a day of quiet calm. A day to float away one's troubles. A day, of course, for tubing.
Nevada is the place for it. A hot desert landscape. A wide range of rivers. Spectacular mountain views. This is the place that lazy tubing was meant for.
Go Tubing On The Black Canyon Water Trail
For a peaceful day on a river, a day trip to Black Canyon Water Trail is a top choice. Only 45 minutes outside of Las Vegas, this calm portion of the river offers the serenity of cool water amidst the scorching desert landscape. The trail can be found at the base of the Hoover Dam at the Lower Portal Road, with plenty of sandy banks to rest along the way, or, for multi-day trips, these make for peaceful spots to set up camp and spend the night. There is plenty to see here as you float along on this 30-mile stretch of waterway--a perfect way to unwind from the bright lights of Vegas.
A Perfect Place To Float From Arizona To Nevada
A popular spot with visitors and locals alike who love this calm stretch of the river, this area once held the annual Laughlin River Regatta, where thousands would bring their tubes and gather for a rowdy river float. Although the event is no longer held, this area of the Colorado River remains a trendy spot to put your tube in the water and enjoy a leisurely afternoon. Roughly a 90-minute drive from Las Vegas, the common entrance point is in Bullhead City, Arizona, where folks float all the way into Laughlin, Nevada. And in between this stretch are picturesque mountains and otherworldly desert views.
The Truckee River Is One Of Nevada's Best Natural Lazy Rivers
Okay, so this location is not exactly local to Las Vegas. A 7-hour drive from Sin City, this destination is likely best for visitors making a visit to, or flying in and out of, Reno. This popular summer floating stretch is 5 miles long and usually takes between 2-3 hours to complete. Most people put their floats in the Reno locations of Mayberry, Dorostkar, and Crissie Caughlin parks, with destinations being Idlewild or Wingfield parks in downtown. There are some spots with small rapids, and as the water levels drop over the summer, rocks and boulders jut out of the river, so tubers can occasionally get stuck and have to scoot over a rock. Still, this is a pleasant float that is popular with locals and visitors who want to make the most of a hot, lazy summer day in Nevada.
Tubing Tips: Know Before You Go
Before you opt to float down a Nevada river for the day, get prepared with the essentials. Practice safety by always wearing a life jacket in the water, slathering on plenty of sunblocks, and wearing closed-toe shoes--it's quite difficult to step on the riverbank floor in sandals, as rocks can get stuck in them easily. And don't even bother with flip flops--you are bound to lose them in the modest rapids. It's always a good idea to pack a water bottle for those hours spent under the desert sun, but otherwise, please keep in mind that anything you pack you might lose in the river--and of course, no one wants to pollute these beautiful locations.
Visitors and locals can find plenty of fun and beauty in mother nature by spending a long afternoon floating down one of these top-notch destinations. Tubing is an activity that is sure to make kids, both big and small, feel the joy of simple pleasures in life, like slowing down and spending a day with family and friends. So pack smart, pack light, and be prepared to have a leisurely day on one of these spectacular Nevada rivers. Floating along can offer a much-needed reset from the busy days and wild nights of Las Vegas.