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Las Vegas: Tour gives a sprinkling of history and adventure

May 17, 2013|By Jay Jones
  • Visitors to southern Nevada take a leisurely rafting trip along the Colorado River as part of a new, full-day tour that leaves from Las Vegas.
Visitors to southern Nevada take a leisurely rafting trip along the Colorado… (Forever Resorts )

Visitors to southern Nevada can immerse themselves in history and enjoy rafting on the Colorado River Exploration Tour, the latest Las Vegas-area offering from Forever Resorts.

The full-day adventure first takes guests to Eldorado Canyon, near the village of Nelson, about 40 miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip. Visitors take a one-hour tour of the Techatticup Mine, where gold was mined for more than 80 years from 1861 until the start of World War II.

A coach then takes tourists down a winding road to Nelson’s Landing on the Colorado River. There, they board a motorized raft for a relaxing ride upstream. During the trip, rafters most likely will see a variety of wildlife along the canyon walls. Along the way, lunch is served.

The raft docks at the Willow Beach Marina on the Arizona side of the river. From there, guests are taken back to their hotels, with a stop at Hoover Dam for photos.

From door to door, the journey lasts around eight hours.

The Colorado River Exploration Tour is offered Wednesdays and Saturdays. The coach picks up guests at various Strip hotels between 8 and 9 a.m.

The cost is $199 for adults, $194 for children ages 13 to 15 and $101 for kids 12 and younger.

Info: Online or at (702) 294-1414.

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