Tired of being inside? Well, now is the perfect time – and Laughlin is the perfect place – to explore the outdoors. 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.
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 riverside resorts and attractions. For nature lovers, the best time to explore is at sunset, when you can spot wildlife – from waterfowl to shorebirds 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 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
3. Camp at Big Bend of the Colorado River
Whether you want to pitch a tent 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, which makes stops at Laughlin’s famous riverside casinos/restaurant hubs. Simply buy a day pass, hop on at the casino docks, and enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado – and bonus sightseeing time – as you sail to your next destination. With services running about every 15 minutes, you’ll never have long to wait before your next aquatic adventure.
With water level and weather permitting, services run from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday to Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., 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. Head to a nearby marina or outfitter for a variety of rental options – and take the full day to explore this beautifully natural stretch of the lower Colorado River.
6. Make some waves with Watercraft Adventures
Watercraft Adventures promises thrills aplenty! Hire this high-quality watercraft equipment and take to the majestic Colorado River for a high-octane day of fun. With four locations in Laughlin, this local watercraft rental operator makes it convenient to get on the river. So rev up your engines and let’s make some waves!
7. Kayak with Desert River Outfitters
Explore the unforgettable Havasu National Wildlife Refuge and Needles Wilderness Area on the water with Desert River Outfitters, which offers a number of kayaking expeditions throughout the area. We suggest launching from Topock Gorge Marina, a five- to seven-hour trip, ideal for intermediate-level kayakers that can be done under the sun or even in the moonlight. Discover unspoiled coves and beaches, spot a wide variety of desert wildlife, and see the wilderness up close and personal on this unique water adventure led by experienced local guides. Flashlights and glow sticks included!
Other trips through Black Canyon, Topock Gorge, Lake 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 an unforgettable night out. Complete with white tablecloths, excellent cuisine, and top-notch service, the Celebration invites you to climb aboard and watch the casinos light up – while you dine on succulent prime rib, glass of wine in hand, of course.
9. Sightsee at full speed with London Bridge Jet Boat Tours
Power along the river to the spectacular historic London Bridge on a thrilling, full-day Jet Boat Tour. This fun, 58-mile round-trip excursion 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. Plus, there’s time for lunch and shopping in Lake Havasu before you return home. It’s a win-win for the vacationing outdoor enthusiast—don’t forget some water bottles to stay hydrated!
10. Paddle Jerkwater Canoe Company
For an exhilarating, multiday river adventure, head out on a self-guided paddle with the Jerkwater Canoe Company. Its popular two-day Topock Marina to Mesquite Bay itinerary* includes a night at a legal campground before another morning of exploring the stunning surroundings of Topock Gorge. With transport to the launch site and back to your camp included, 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!
*Other itineraries also available.
11. Cruise the Colorado on the USS Riverside
Designed to travel under the Laughlin/Bullhead City Bridge to Davis Dam, the USS Riverside offers a unique experience on the Colorado River. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing cruise, all while taking in the sights and listening to narrations detailing the many features of the region. With a shaded upper deck and climate-controlled lower deck, it’s easy to stay cool on this fun Colorado River adventure.