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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.

  • 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

  • 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,<

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nautical Inn Resort & Convention Center

    140 Rooms, Only beachfront property & lake views. Extended stay kitchenettes & condos available. Perfect for families, groups, business travelers & conventions. Pool, spa, general store, conference center, wheelchair accessible rooms. No

  • 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.

  • 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<

  • Arizona Trail

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Segway Expeditions

    For the most fun you can have standing up in Phoenix. Offering Tempe Beach Park tours, Cesar Chavez tours, and custom segway tours.

  • Arizona Camping Trips & Self-Guided Outdoor Adventures

  • Arabian Horse Association of Arizona

  • Arizona Game and Fish Department

  • 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

  • Hot Air Expeditions Inc.

    Enjoy the thrill of hot air balloon flight over the beautiful Sonoran Desert, complete with sit-down gourmet breakfast! You can meet us at our launch site or we can arrange for pick-up at many of Phoenix area resorts.

  • Stargazing for Everyone

    We bring the universe to you! View the wonders of the universe through large telescropes. Stargazing tours throughout Arizona.

  • Amtrak

    Travel on the Sunset Limited between Los Angeles and New Orleans. Stops in Phoenix and Tucson. Enjoy the journey!

  • Antelope Canyon Tours, Inc.

    Experience the beauty, with Navajo guides, of spectacular Antelope Canyon. Mother Nature's work of art will leave you in awe.

  • Antelope Point Marina - Lake Powell

    Captain your own luxury houseboat or watercraft rental and soak up the solitude, discover Rainbow Bridge or play on the lake.

  • Canyoneers Inc.

    World-class Grand Canyon whitewater river-rafting adventures -- motorized and rowing.  Three to 14 days.  Ages 8-87!  All Inclusive.

  • 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.

  • Black Canyon/Willow Beach River Adventures

    Launch at the base of Hoover Dam aboard a smooth-water raft and float 12 miles downriver with a knowledgeable tour guide.

  • Fisher's Landing Resort

    We offer a bar and grill, store, gas dock.  Excellent drying camping; RV hookups with full service boat shop and launch ramps. Fishing, kayaking, jeeping!

  • Willow Beach Marina

    Close access to Hoover Dam, Emerald Cave and secluded hot springs. Enjoy scenery and wildlife viewing by kayak, canoe or boat.

  • Bumble Bee Ranch Adventures

    Bumble Bee Ranch is an adventurous dude ranch that caters to the young and young-at-heart. If you love horses, this is it.

  • Colorado River Discovery

    Colorado River Discovery offers spectacular rafting trips on the mighty Colorado River. Trips depart from Page, Arizona, March 1 - November 30, 2011.

  • Sedona Off-Road Center

    The most fun in Sedona!  Renta a Tomcar or ATV for a self-guided tour of the Red Rock Country. For a good time, call...

  • 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

  • Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter

    Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter is an exceptional science learning facility located at Steward Observatory's "sky island" observing site just north of Tucson, Arizona. The SkyCenter builds upon the uniqueness of the 9157 feet summit of Mt. Lemmon and on the ex

  • Cowboy Way Adventures

    Experience the beauty of Arizona from horseback. Cowboy Way Adventures offers guided horseback trail rides in historic Wickenburg Arizona.

  • 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.

  • Lake Powell Boat & Jet Ski Rentals

    Lake Powell Boat Rentals is the premier provider of luxury inboard competition dual purpose wakeboard boats - water ski boat rentals, guided chartered tours, and water sports lessons at Lake Powell.

  • Arizona Boat Rentals & Jet Skis

    With eighteen beautiful boating lakes in Arizona renting one of our boats is perfect for any water sport vacation.

  • Grand Canyon Whitewater

    Colorado River rafting through the Grand Canyon gives both guides and customers a chance to experience the true spirit of the Canyon, gain a new perspective on life, and connect with many others who appreciate this unique outdoor experience.

  • Lake Mead Boat Rentals and Watercraft Rental

    Exclusive provider of high quality Lake Mead Boat Rentals and jet ski rental in Temple Bar, Arizona and

  • Lake Havasu Boat Rentals & Jet Ski Rental

    Offering Lake Havasu Boat Rentals and jet ski rental for your houseboating vacation at Lake Havasu City, AZ.

  • Lake Mohave Boat Rentals & Jet Skis

    Enjoy the fun of Lake Mohave Boat Rentals and jet ski rental in Bullhead City, Arizona and Katherine's&

  • 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

  • National Geographic Visitor Center

  • 360 Adventures

    Experience Arizona Adventure Tours Created Just for You! Arizona adventure tours by 360 Adventures takes the worry out of exploring so you can focus on having fun.

  • Speed Street Indoor Racetrack

    Speed Street Indoor Racetrack offers its guests an impressive over 1/3-mile technical road course.

  • Arizona Hot Air Balloons

    Arizona Hot Air Balloons serving the Phoenix Metropolitan Area including Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Anthem, Cave Creek, Carefree, Apache Junction for over 10 years.  Also, Sedona and the high country in the northern part of the st

  • Arizona Soaring

    Your pilot will provide you with whatever type of flight you wish whether it's a mellow soaring ride along the majestic Sierra Estrella Mountains or a wild and thrilling aerobatic ride.

  • Hike in Tucson

    The seasoned guides at Hike In Tucson lead groups of inquisitive hikers through safe and informative treks through the Sonoran Desert for a unique adventure.

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  • The Boardhub

    The Boardhub - Wakeboarding Lessons

  • Kinishba Ruins

  • McDowell Sonoran Preserve

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Fort McDowell Adventures

    Mere minutes from sunny Scottsdale, AZ - Fort McDowell Adventures is the premier outdoor activity and event venue with tons of activities for families and groups.

  • Canyoneers Inc.

    Canyoneers is the oldest river running company licensed to operate in Grand Canyon National Park.

  • Wahweap Marina

  • Saguaro Lake

    Our watercraft rental services include boats, jet skis, waverunners, water sports, tours, wakeboarding, water skiing, wakesurfing and more!

  • Canyon Lake Arizona

    Canyon Lake's recreation accommodations include hiking trails, water skiing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, camping, and boating.

  • Hidden Meadow Ranch

    Hidden Meadow Ranch is about escaping urban life to re-connect with family, friends and all that nature has to offer.

  • Rainbow Lake Resort

  • 3 Canyons Transit & Arizona Sunshine Tours

  • Bloomington Gold Tours

  • Sedona Psychic Wisdom

  • Sedona Spirit Center~ Sedona Spirit Guides

  • Choice Barns Arizona LLC

    Complete, one stop, turnkey solutions for the equine professional or the trail rider.

  • Sierra Vista Shuttle and Taxi

    Sierra Vista Shuttle and Taxi.

  • Desert Voyagers

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  • Sedona Spirit Center

  • El Rey Motel - Globe, AZ

  • El Rey Motel - Globe, AZ

    El Rey Motel in Globe, Arizona is a quant, vintage hotel since 1938.

  • Corral West Horse Adventures

    Corral West provides family friendly horse adventures for all ages!

  • Silver Rein Horsemanship

  • Explore Sedona

  • San Carlos Recreation & Wildlife Department

  • Life's a Beach Power Sport Rentals

    Jet Ski & Boat Rentals in Lake Havasu City Arizona.

  • America's Tent Lodges - Grand Canyon Williams

  • Pinetop-Lakeside

  • Geo Savvy Tours

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Potagold Stables

  • Hitchin Post Stables

  • Full Circle Ranch Bed and Breakfast Inn

    Spend your Arizona vacation in Cave Creek and let Full Circle Ranch Bed and Breakfast Inn be your one-of-a-kind oasis in the desert.

  • Arizona Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds

  • Desert Splash Adventures

    Desert Splash Adventures offers Arizona’s only Amphibious Cessna Caravan (Seaplane) experience.  You and up to 8 guests may choose from charters to Roosevelt Lake, Lake Powell, Sedona, Flagstaff or the Grand Canyon.  

  • BC Jeep Tours

    Join BC Jeep Tours for a unique experience that can be enjoyed by all ages.

  • 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.

  • AZ Skins Transportation Services

  • Colorado River & Trail Expeditions

  • 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

  • The Desert Belle Tour Boat

  • Apex Balloons

  • Ape Index Rock Climbing Gym

  • Detours of Arizona

    Offer guided tours of the Grand Canyon, Sedona and more, with custom vehicles and expert guides who know how to have fun.

  • Pink Adventure Tours

    Welcome to Pink Adventure Tours in Phoenix, Arizona! Nobody knows Arizona like Pink Adventure Tours.

  • The Wildland Trekking Company

  • Cave Creek Trailrides

  • Wings Over Willcox Birding and Nature Festival

  • Western Destinations

  • Grand Canyon Hikes

  • Arizona Outback Adventures

    AOA specializes in bike rentals and guided adventure trips from single-day hiking, biking, kayaking, and rafting in Phoenix to multi-day guided hiking, biking, and backpacking in the Grand Canyon, Havasupai, and the greater Southwest.

  • Rivers & Oceans A Travel Company, Inc.

    Central reservations for all the rafting trips available in Grand Canyon from 1-19 days, motorized and oar powered.

  • Adventure Cycling Association

  • Discovery Treks

    One of National Geographics's "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth."  Guided Grand Canyon and Havasu Falls tours.

  • Emmitt Barks Cartography

  • 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

  • Lake Powell Paddleboards

    Stand-up paddle boarding originated in the Hawaiian Islands and is now spreading across the world as people of all ages and walks of life take to the water and fall in love with stand-up paddling (or SUP).

  • Lake Powell Paddleboards

    We offer rentals, lessons, sales and tours.

  • Southwest Odyssey Expedition

  • 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.

  • Orme Dam Victory Days

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