Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is this a difficult and dangerous white water
A: No. This is a motor-assisted float trip. The large custom rafts were built with your safety and comfort in mind.
Q: Are there any age restrictions as to who can go on the trip?
A: No. We have had babies and great grandparents enjoy the trip. But do remember, you will be outside in the sun for several hours. There will also be a certain amount of walking (about 500 feet) along a sloped path to board the rafts. We will make special efforts to accommodate any limitations.
Q: Where are you located?
A: We are located inside of the Hacienda Hotel & Casino in Boulder City, NV.
Q: How do I get to your location?
A: If you have a car available you can drive to our location. We are about 40 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. We can also pick you up at your hotel if you prefer not to drive. We have late model vans and motor coaches.
Q: Do I need to bring lunch for the all day tour?
A: No. We provide an individual box lunch for each passenger on the all day tour. The Hoover Dam Post Card Tour does provide drinking water, but no lunch. The lunch provided on the all day tour is in a unique insulated container that is yours to keep as a souvenir. The lunch includes a turkey sandwich, fruit, cookies, chips, and bottled water. If you have special diet requirements, we can accommodate you, just let us know in advance. The rafts also carry extra water onboard.
Q: How long does the all day trip take?
A: You will need to be at our staging area by 9:30 am. You will be on the water for about three hours. You should arrive back at the meeting area by about 3:00 pm.
Q: How many passengers are on a raft?
A: It depends. We have four sizes of rafts. We try to match raft size to the number of passengers. The standard raft size is 40 passengers. All the rafts have plenty of room for passengers. You will not be over-crowded.
Q: What should I wear and bring?
A: You should wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Though this is a float trip, you may get wet from splashes or spray. Also, you may want to wade or swim during the shore break on the all day trip. You should wear a hat, since you will be in the sun, and bring sunscreen. We also recommend that you bring along a camera. The views are spectacular on any of our trips!
Q: Will we be able to stop and swim during the tour?
A: If time allows on the all day trip, there will be breaks to give you time to swim in the Colorado River. If you would like, you can wear your swimming suit under your clothes just in case.
Q: Should I bring my camera? Are there any good photo opportunities?
A: Yes. This is one of the most scenic parts of the recreation area. You will start by seeing the "back side" of Hoover Dam, an area restricted to most visitors. You will also get to see the new Hoover Dam By-Pass Bridge.
Q: What environmental awards or recognitions has Black Canyon/Willow Beach River Adventures received?
A: Black Canyon/Willow Beach River Adventures became a member of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Environmental Performance Track Program in October 2004.
Performance Track is a public/private partnership recognizing top environmental performance among participating U.S. facilities of all types, sizes, and complexity, both public and private. Program partners are providing leadership in many areas, including preventing pollution at its source. Currently there are 344 Performance Track Members in the United States.
Please click here for more Information on the EPA's National Environmental Performance Track Program.
In 2003, Black Canyon/Willow Beach River Adventures was certified to ISO 14001. Forever Resorts is the first U.S. multi-site hospitality, lodging and marina provider to be certified to ISO 14001:1996 for all its domestic operations. ISO 14001 is an internationally recognized standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS).
The benefits of initiating an EMS in accordance with ISO 14001 standards are many: identifying areas for reduction in energy and other resource consumption; reducing environmental liability and risk; helping maintain consistent compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements; benefiting from regulatory incentives that reward companies showing environmental leadership through certified compliance with internationally recognized EMS standards; preventing pollution and reducing waste; improving community good will; profiting in the market for "green" products and demonstrating commitment to high quality.