With the mighty Colorado River winding its way right through the heart of town, it couldn’t be easier to hit the water during your Laughlin vacation. Plus, year-round sunny skies mean it’s always a great time to dive in.
From leisurely waterside strolls to rip-roaring jet boat rides, overnight kayak trips to early morning cycle rides, discover the best of the Colorado River with our pick of adventures not to miss on your next Laughlin trip.
1. Stroll along the River Walk
In the mood for a scenic evening stroll? Laughlin’s landscaped River Walk snakes along the banks of the Colorado, providing a pretty pedestrianized route between the town’s most popular riverside resorts and attractions. For nature lovers, the best time to explore is at sunset, when you can spot wildlife – from waterfowl to shore birds to fish swimming – along this beautiful riverside stretch; as well as watch the sun lower slowly over the water.
Open 24 hours.
2. Bike the Colorado River Heritage Greenway Trail
For a taste of Nevada’s idyllic desert wilderness, hike or bike along the beautiful Colorado River Heritage Greenway Trail. Boasting 10.5 miles of family-friendly routes, incredible views of Davis Dam and a variety of wildlife, it’s the perfect place to get back to nature without heading too far off-the-beaten path. Water points, shade shelters, restroom facilities and a children’s play area, are also available en route, leaving you free to explore for as long or as little as you like.
Open 24 hours.
3. Camp at Big Bend of the Colorado River
Whether you want to pitch up overnight or simply set up camp for the day, the Big Bend of the Colorado River is a site you won’t soon forget. Complete with sandy beaches, shaded picnic spots, boat ramp facilities and large, well-maintained units, this kid-friendly park makes a great riverside base – day or night. Explore its four miles of sandy walking trails and rugged canyon hikes; dive into the swimming cove; or simply lay out and unwind, surrounded by nature.
All camping units have water, electricity and sewage hookups; as well as a tent pad, a shade ramada, grill and fire pit.
4. Casino hop by River Passage Water Taxi
Get from A to B in style – by River Passage Water Taxi. With stops at all eight of Laughlin’s famous riverside casinos/restaurant hubs, and services running every 15 minutes, you’ll never have long to wait before you next aquatic adventure. Simply buy a day pass, hop on at the casino docks, and enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Colorado River – and bonus sightseeing time – as you sail to your next destination.
Services run from 9am to 10pm, Sunday to Thursday; and 9am to 11pm, Friday and Saturday.
5. Reel in a big one at Topock Gorge
From Striped Bass to Bluegill to Catfish, Laughlin’s picturesque Topock Gorge is teeming with fish, making it the perfect place to reel in a big one. Plus, this stunning 20-mile long slice of the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge is a designated no-wake zone, making it a peaceful spot to down-anchor. Launch your own boat in Laughlin – or head to a Lake Mohave marina, for a variety of rental options – and take the full day to explore this beautifully-natural stretch of the lower Colorado River.
6. Make waves with Watercraft Adventures
For high octane fun out on the Colorado, look no further than Watercraft Adventures. With 24 years’ experience, seven riverside locations, and the highest quality equipment in town, there’s no better place to find jet boats and waverunner rentals. Hire by the hour, rev up your engines and get ready to make some waves. With detailed instruction included, this is the perfect activity when you’re in the need for some serious speed – whatever your experience level.
7. Kayak overnight with Desert River Outfitters
Launching from Topock Gorge Marina, explore the unforgettable Havasu National Wildlife Refuge and Needles Wilderness Area on an overnight kayaking trip with Desert River Outfitters. Ideal for intermediate-level kayakers; discover unspoiled coves and beaches; spot a wide variety of desert wildlife; and even see the wilderness lit up by moonlight on this unique water adventure – led by experienced local guides. Flashlights and glow sticks included!
Day trips through Black Canyon, Topock Gorge and Lakes Mead, Mohave and Havasu are also available; shuttle and guide service optional.
8. Wine and dine on a Laughlin River Tour Dinner Cruise
Fancy a memorable evening meal with panoramic water views? River adventures don’t have to end once the sun starts to set. Whether you’re on a romantic getaway or traveling with family or friends, the two-hour deluxe dinner cruise with Laughlin River Tours makes for a unforgettable night out. Complete with white table cloths, excellent cuisine, top-notch service and expert commentary; climb aboard the Celebration and watch the casinos light-up as you dine on succulent prime rib, glass of wine in hand.
9. Sightsee at full speed with London Bridge Jet Boat Tours
Power along the river to the spectacular old London Bridge, on a thrilling, full-day Jet Boat Tour. This fun, 58-mile round trip is a must for history and nature lovers alike; passing Topock Gorge, volcanic rock faces and ancient Indian Petroglyphs en route; with numerous chances to spot river birds and other wildlife. Complete with a state-of-the-art mist system and free water, keeping cool on board is easy; and there’s time for lunch and shopping in Lake Havasu before you return home.
10. Paddle Jerkwater Canoe Company
For an exhilarating, multi-day river adventure, head out on a self-guided paddle with the Jerkwater Canoe Company. Its popular two-day* ‘Needles to Castle Rock’ itinerary includes an overnight wilderness camp at Park Moabi, before a full day exploring the stunning surrounds of Topock Gorge. With transport to the launch site and back to your camp included, as well as canoe hire and river maps, this budget-friendly trip is a great way to do more for less. Just be sure to follow its handy packing list to ensure you come prepared!
*One, three and five-day canoeing itineraries are also available.