What Sets Us Apart
Hidden Canyon Kayak provides not only superior tours of Lake Powell, but also gear, food, and instruction that are a step above. Here’s what sets us apart:
Water Taxi (Support Vessel)
The Hidden Canyon is a custom built, Coast Guard inspected vessel – with twin 200hp 4 stroke outboard engines. A 34ft Support Vessel and Water Taxi that can accommodate groups as large as 12. This boat can quickly and safely transport kayakers and all their gear to our camp (1 basecamp setup for the entire trip). We use the support vessel to visit new canyons each day. This gives us the ability to maximize your time kayaking with a minimum of redundant paddles. The boat is never far away, it provides back-up and safety with rescue options, shade, protection from inclement weather and a rest stop for kayakers at any time.
Crystal is our 24ft 6 passenger boat. She provides safety, shade, and protection from inclement weather. Crystal is used primarily for our full day trips with groups of 2-6 people.
We only stock the best! Our kayaks are single roto-molded plastic touring models from Current Design, P & H, FeelFree, and Perception. Various models accommodate different abilities and body sizes. Both ruddered and skeg boats are available. Paddles are by Cadence, Big Spoons, Werner, and Bending Branches. PFDs are NRS.
All gear is first-rate—and we provide everything: tents by Kelty, warm sleeping bags from Coleman, 2-inch-thick sleeping pads, waterproof bags for your main duffel and day gear, camp chairs.
Kitchen, Food, And Beverages
Our kitchen equipment is lightweight, incredibly durable, and capable of producing gourmet meals. Dutch oven baking is our specialty, and thanks to the support boat, we’re able to serve up diverse fare that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables—no ramen on our trips!—and we happily accommodate various dietary needs.
For thirst quenching, we provide water, juice, powdered drink mixes, and soda. You’re welcome to bring alcohol, but please do not bring glass bottles.
No matter what their experience level when they arrive, our visitors always leave with new skills and successes. Beginners learn basic paddle strokes—including techniques for paddling without fatigue—as well as the pros and cons of different types of boats, materials, and accessories. More experienced paddlers will find Lake Powell’s relatively warm, clear water ideal for extending skills, including live rescue practice.
If you have never been in a kayak before and wish to get a feel for the basics before the trip starts, please call us. We can refer you to a clinic in your area or, for a nominal fee, can arrange for instruction immediately prior to your trip.
Our years in Grand Canyon have taught us that safety is the result of effective pre-planning and guide training. Though Lake Powell may not present the same challenges as a Grand Canyon whitewater experience, Hidden Canyon Kayak is nevertheless prepared. Our Coast Guard Captain and Wilderness Medicine-trained guides are equipped with decades of combined experience, along with weather, VHF, and aircraft radios, plus cellular and satellite phone communications. We carry a National Park Service-approved first aid kit, and we practice rescues with the group. Please inform us of any special medical conditions or restrictions, including food or insect allergies.