Paddling Horseshoe Bend

How to kayak, packraft and paddleboard Horseshoe Bend and the Colorado River:
Paddle though majestic Glen Canyon and around Horseshoe Bend on a kayak, packraft or paddleboard at your own pace! Pick up your gear here at our shop and then head down to begin your journey at Lee’s Ferry (a 45 minute drive from Page) and take an awesome back-haul boat trip up the canyon to the Glen Canyon Dam. There you will be dropped off with your gear and then you will float down the Colorado approximately 16 miles back to Lee’s Ferry.  You will find many things to explore on your journey including petroglyphs, side canyon hikes and amazing views. You can do it in one day- typically about 6 hours of paddling, or plan an overnight camping adventure.

Rent your paddleboards, packrafts or kayaks from us to do the trip, but you will need to make prior arrangements to get back-hauled up the river by a separate company. We do not offer this service. You can not put in at the Glen Canyon Dam due to Homeland Security so you must get back-hauled up the river by boat to the dam. From there you will paddle down river about 16 miles (25.75 km) to Lee’s Ferry-but you must make reservations ahead for the service. The river is about 47°F  (8.°C) degrees all year long so don’t plan on swimming!


Contact Kelly Outfitters at Lee’s Ferry to make arrangements for the back-haul. They will work with your schedule so you can plan your custom trip! There are other companies that offer the service if Kelly’s is booked however, Kelly’s is highly recommended.


Be sure to make your back-haul reservation first because in summer they do book up!
Reserve your kayaks, packrafts or paddleboards with us here- RESERVATIONS

One the morning of, or the evening before, come to the shop at 836 Vista Ave, Page AZ 86040 and pick up your gear.Kayak Racks

Paddlebord racks

We will help you load it on your vehicle- racks are included with the rentals.

We will give you maps and all the information you will need. You will leave Page and head to Lee’s Ferry- an easy 45 minute drive on paved roads. Kelly Outfitters will meet you at the docks at Lee’s Ferry. Overnight parking and camping is available there. After your trip, you will just bring your gear back to us here in Page.



There are 6 campsites along the route from the dam to Lee’s Ferry that do have restrooms. Fires are permitted but bring your own wood for your campfire! Weather and water conditions can vary so you will want to check before you head out. Please check here for safety information.

NOTE: There is a $30 park entrance fee to access the river. Camping and parking are included with the fee.


Lee’s Ferry is 42 miles (61 km) from Page via Hwy 89 south and Hwy 89A west. It is 85 miles (125 km) from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon via Hwy 89A and Hwy 67. The Lees Ferry Junction and Park Entrance is in Marble Canyon, just west of Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center. A paved road leads 5 miles (8 km) to the Ferry area. Services available at Lees Ferry include a National Park Service campground, dump station and public launch ramp. There is a gas station, store, and post office at Marble Canyon, next to the park entrance. More services are found west on Hwy 89A.


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