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Boating & Water Sports

If you’re looking for a wet and wild vacation, Arizona is the right place! Although located in the desert Southwest, Arizona is overflowing with great lakes and rivers perfect for a day of boating, water sports and enjoying the sunshine.

Arizona Boating, Canoeing & Kayaking

With more than 30 lakes and countless rivers and streams, boating is a popular activity for Arizona residents and vacationers alike. Just a few popular destinations for boating, rafting, canoeing and kayaking in Arizona include:

  • Lake Powell
    In Northern Arizona, on the Utah border, Lake Powell offers recreational boating experiences in a stunning setting of crystal water, red rock formations and beautiful Arizona weather. It’s also a great location for houseboating vacations.
  • Lake Havasu
    Boasting the title of "Personal Watercraft Capital of the World," Lake Havasu is the perfect place to rent a boat, or bring your own. Located along Arizona’s West Coast, it’s also a great jumping-off point for boating the Colorado River as it heads south to Yuma.
  • Prescott 
    Boating, swimming, fishing, hiking and picnicking are just a few of the ways to enjoy the day in Prescott, Arizona, where three picturesque lakes dot the town. Enjoy the stunning Granite Dells from Watson and Willow lakes, or the pine-topped hills around Goldwater Lake.
  • Tempe Town Lake
    In the heart of Central Arizona, Tempe Town Lake is a two-mile boating wonderland. For a fun family activity, rent a paddleboat for the afternoon.
  • Black Canyon
    This 11-mile stretch of the Colorado River begins in Bullhead City, in Arizona’s West Coast. Perfect for canoeing or kayaking, the area is home to hot springs, a "sauna cave" and beautiful scenery.Of course, don’t forget the biggest adventure of them all: rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Visit our Grand Canyon rafting page for details.

Arizona Water Sports

Add to the adventure with water sports like waterskiing and wakeboarding. The Colorado River Indian Reservation, located on Arizona’s West Coast, offers ample water sporting activities in a beautiful setting. Other popular destinations for Arizona water sports include Lake Havasu, Lake Pleasant, Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake.

  • Alpine Inn

    Styled after a country home, this charming Inn features all the character and warmth you would expect from the early 1900's, plus the amenities of today.

  • Circle Z Ranch

    Old-time ranch adventure since 1926. This rustic, ranch getaway offer guests quiet accommodations, gourmet dining, and a variety of outdoor activities.

  • Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce

    Located near the spot where Arizona, Nevada and California meet, Bullhead City is a rapidly growing community nestled along the beautiful blue waters of the Colorado River.

  • Visit Mesa

    Welcome to Mesa, Arizona. A gateway city to one of the most dynamic regions in the country. 

  • Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce

  • McMullen Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • Navajo Tourism Office

    The Navajo Nation extends into the states of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, covering over 27,000 square miles of unparalleled beauty. The Navajo Reservation is home to more than a dozen national monuments, tribal parks and historical sites, and is peppe

  • National Geographic Visitor Center

  • Casa Malpais Archaeological Park

    Casa Malpais, which means “House of the Badlands”, was occupied for about 200 years and mysteriously abandoned about 1400 A.D. The Great Kiva is the centerpiece of the site and is constructed of volcanic rock.

  • Hopi Cultural Center

    The Hopi Cultural Center includes a small gallery museum, restaurant and an inn. Each mesa is distinctive and unique and is known for special art and craft.

  • Navajo National Monument (Keet Seel, Betatakin)

    Keet Seel is built into an eye-shaped cave and accessible only by a strenuous 17-mile round trip hike and a climb up to the ruins. Betatakin is more accessible.

  • Kinishba Ruins

  • Montezuma Castle National Monument

    Discover this historic five-story Native American dwelling carved out of an ancient limestone cliff with twenty rooms. Begun during the twelfth century, it took about three centuries to complete.

  • Montezuma Well

    This limestone sink was a water source for the Sinagua and Hohokam people who lived and farmed in this area thousands of years ago. Traces of their ancient irrigation ditches may be seen in the picnic area.

  • Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

  • South Mountain Park

    At more than 16,000 acres, South Mountain Park/Preserve is one of the largest municipally operated parks in the country, according to the Trust for Public Land. It boasts 51 miles of primary trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking for a

  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

    Tours take visitors through Wright’s living quarters, to the theater, his office and other buildings. Specialty tours are offered including tours of the desert shelters built by Taliesin Fellowship apprentices.

  • Walnut Canyon National Monument

    Walk in the footsteps of people who lived at Walnut Canyon more than 700 years ago. Peer into their homes, cliff dwellings built deep within canyon walls. The presence of water in a dry land made the canyon rare and valuable to its early human inhabita

  • White Mountain Apache Culture Center and Museum

  • Grand Canyon Caverns RV Park

    Camping, RV Park, motel, restaurant, pool, bar, rodeo, airstrip, mini-mart, 5200' elevation, so cooler than most of Arizona. 800 acres, hiking, old but very nice, on route 66, very quiet.

  • Castle Rock Shores Resort

    Colorado River and mountain views. Open all year. Paved access roads.

  • The Canyon Motel & RV Park 2

    Mountain views, located in Ponderosa pines. Family and pet friendly. Big rigs welcome.

  • Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas

    Staying at Lake Powell Resort means awakening to and becoming a part of the breathtaking grandeur that is unique to Lake Powell and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

  • Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock

    219-suite resort, executive meeting center. On the Sedona Resort golf course. Full-service Hilton Spa on site! Restaurant/bar, three pools, seasonal children's programs. 90 minutes north of Phoenix, 2.5 hours from the Grand Canyon. 

  • Tanque Verde Ranch

    Tanque Verde Ranch is Arizona’s premier guest ranch/resort located in the lush desert foothills of the Rincon Mountains near Tucson. This beautiful, historic ranch has 74 spacious rooms and suites.