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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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Best Western Plus Tucson International Airport Hotel & Suites

    Newly renovated, 15 minutes from downtown. Pool, hot tub, in-room coffee, refrigerators, indoor access rooms. Free American breakfast buffet. Morgan's Food & Spirits restaurant.

  • Comfort Suites at Tucson Mall

    Located across from the Tucson Mall. Each suite contains a microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker. Other features: continental breakfast, pool, exercise/meeting facilities. Hot-tub suites also available.

  • Sunrise Park Resort

    In the heart of Arizona's White Mountains in the charming town of Greer, Sunrise Park Resort is a snow paradise offering 65 runs througout 3 mountains, a separate snowboard area, cross-country ski trails and a ski area specifically for children.

  • White Stallion Ranch

    Secluded 3,000-acre ranch adjoining Saguaro National Park. 41 rooms, heated pool, indoor hot tub. Recreation, meeting rooms. Tennis, volleyball, hikes, horseback riding, rodeos, hayrides, cookouts.

  • Enchantment Resort

    Enchantment Resort offers 218 luxurious guest accommodations highlighting Sedona’s breathtaking scenery with private, one-story rooms with viewing decks boasting panoramic views of Boynton Canyon. Enjoy fine food and award-winning spa and golf.&a

  • Boulders Resort & Spa

    One of the world's most celebrated hideaways, The Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa is nestled in the high Sonoran Desert foothills north of Scottsdale. Two championship golf courses and 160 luxurious casitas are sculpted into the spectacular natural

  • Spa at the Boulders

    Profile: Merging the distinct philosophy of the original Golden Door in Escondido, California with the serene Sonoran desert, the 33,000-square-foot retreat offers a Zen-like atmosphere where curving walls and a trickling stream put gu

  • The Arboretum at Flagstaff

    The Arboretum at Flagstaff is a botanical garden, research station, and environmental education center. The goal of the arboretum is to increase the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants and plant communities native to the Colora

  • Hualapai Tribe

    The Hualapai Reservation area offers hunting, fishing, hiking and camping facilities. The hunting expeditions are world renown. Access into the Grand Canyon by car and tours to the western rim of the Grand Canyon and rivers rafting on the Colorado Rive

  • Navajo Nation

    Navajo Nation lands extend into the states of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Navajo Nation operates on Daylight Savings Time from April to October. The rest of Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time.

  • White Mountain Apache Tribe

    There is plenty to do on the beautiful Eastern Arizona reservation, Salt River rafting, fishing, camping, hiking, skiing, elk hunting or gaming.

  • Colossal Cave Mountain Park

    On the National Register of Historic Places, Colossal Cave Mountain Park is a 2,400-acre desert park. The Park showcases Colossal Cave and La Posta Quemada Ranch, a 128-year-old working ranch.

    Colossal Cave was officially "discovered" in 1879,<

  • Triangle T Guest Ranch

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    Arizona Trail

    The trail's primary users are hikers, equestrians and mountain bicyclists (outside of wilderness or other specially managed areas).

  • Camp Rucker

    Lieutenant John A. Rucker, was a professional cavalry officer serving with the United States Army in Arizona Territory during the Indian campaigns of the 1870's. He was stationed at Camp Supply in 1878 when a drowning incident occurred in White River C

  • Ironwood Forest National Monument

    Taking its name from one of the longest living trees in the Arizona desert, the 129,000-acre Ironwood Forest National Monument is a true Sonoran Desert showcase.

  • McDowell Sonoran Preserve

  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

    Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument celebrates the life and landscape of the Sonoran Desert.

  • Orme Dam Victory Days

  • Wings Over Willcox Birding and Nature Festival

  • Tempe Town Lake

    Set adjacent to Tempe's Mill Avenue District, Arizona State University and the 2,000 acre Papago Park, Tempe Town Lake embodies a unique vision for the future of the Valley. Town Lake is a regional and national destination, welcoming millions each year

  • Papago Park

    The land for Papago Park was conveyed by a U.S. patent in 1935 that allowed the land to be used for recreational activities.

  • Hike in Phoenix, LLC

    Without hikes, humans would never know the joy of sunlight on skin, the caress of a breeze on the cheek, or the emotional power of audible coyote poetry. 

  • Alcantara Vineyard & Winery

  • Sonoita Vineyards

    Dr. Gordon Dutt, owner and founder of Sonoita Vineyards, is a retired soil scientist from the University of Arizona.

  • Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley

    Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley is located in Mt. Lemmon, Arizona, with 21 ski trails served by three lifts. Mt. Lemmon is located about an hour from Tucson and is typically open from December until mid-April.

  • Arizona Snowbowl

    Located on the majestic San Francisco Peaks, the Arizona Snowbowl lies 14 miles outside of Flagstaff, 2 hours from Phoenix, and 70 miles from the Grand Canyon. The resort opened in 1938 and operates from 9 AM to 4 PM daily.

  • Elk Ridge Ski and Outdoor Recreation

    Elk Ridge Ski Area is a family oriented ski, snowboard and tubing recreation area. Nestled at the southwestern entrance to the Grand Canyon, Elk Ridge offers spectacular views. From Elk Ridge, you are minutes away from the city of Williams, Arizona.

  • Flagstaff Nordic Center

    Tucked into the San Francisco Peaks 60 miles south of the Grand Canyon and about 15 miles from downtown Flagstaff, this cross-country ski center has a full 40km of trails that wind through some of the largest Ponderosa pine stands in the state.

  • Colorado River & Trail Expeditions

  • Skydive Arizona

    SkyVenture Arizona is a state-of-the-art skydiving wind tunnel, located in Eloy, Arizona, halfway between Phoenix and Tucson. Designed for everyone, the facility completely immerses visitors in the world of high-adventure skydiving without ever having<

  • Verde Canyon Railroad

    The Verde Canyon Railroad takes you on a trip through Southwest regions rich with indigenous flora and fauna throughout the Verde Valley. Asphalt, concrete and tension drift away as you cruise from Clarkdale to Perkinsville at a smooth 12 miles per hou

  • Rubicon Outdoors

  • Arizona River Runners

    Experience the vacation adventure of a lifetime on a Grand Canyon Colorado River rafting trip. Since 1970 Arizona River Runners has provided complete Grand Canyon white water rafting trips.

  • Starlight Pines Bed and Breakfast

    We are a great location for spending 3 nights to see the Grand Canyon, Sedona & Flagstaff.  Free WI-FI, parking and a unique 2 course gourmet breakfast each morning.  An upscale B&B at affordable rates.

  • Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim

    The Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim, is the only lodging inside the National Park on the North Rim. Located at Bright Angel Point, the Lodge was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Here you can enjoy the quiet serenity of the North Rim while<

  • Fleur de Tucson Balloon Rides, LLC

  • Rainbow Ryders, Inc.

    Rainbow Ryders offers balloon rides every morning at sunrise year-round, weather permitting. Sunset balloon flights are offered during the winter months.

  • Cave Creek Trailrides

  • Tombstone Monument Ranch

    Treat yourself to a unique place. Meet long-cherished childhood dreams and pay homage to the heyday of the Wild West.

  • Arizona Camping Trips & Self-Guided Outdoor Adventures

  • Arabian Horse Association of Arizona

  • Arizona Game and Fish Department

  • Arizona Rafting

    BBB award winning service. Twice named “Company of the Year”! Highly ranked on Trip Advisor in Scottsdale.

  • Tempe Boat Rentals

    Let us put you on the water at Tempe Town Lake…the perfect escape.  Tempe Town Lake Boat Rentals offers a variety of watercraft to choose from such as;

    Kayaks
    Pedal boats
    Hydrobikes
    Pontoon boats
    Electric Ski