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Emerald Cove - A Secluded Cove Near The Hoover Dam

Willow Beach, AZ 86445, USA

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About Emerald Cove

Emerald Cove is a beautiful, secluded cove on the Colorado River, a few kilometers downstream from the Hoover Dam. This area is known for its clear greenish-blue waters. Emerald Cove gets its name from the beautiful green water that is created by the sun reflecting off the white silt that lines the bottom of the cove.

Things to Do at Emerald Cove

Emerald Cove is known for its amazing blue-green waters which make it perfect for swimming, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. There are also plenty of hiking trails and campsites nearby, making it the perfect place to explore.

The Cove is also known for its dramatic cliffs, which rise hundreds of feet above the river.

Best Time to Visit Emerald Cove

The best time to visit Emerald Cove is in the spring or fall. During these seasons, the weather is mild and the river is calm. The water level is also lower in the spring and fall, which makes it easier to see the emerald green color of the cove.

The cove is located in one of the hottest places in the country, so visiting it during the summer months will be troublesome, especially since the emerald color of the water is displayed fully at around 2pm as the sun is in the right angle for the water to reflect the light.

Tips for Visiting Emerald Cove

  1. Plan your visit in advance. Emerald Cove is a popular spot, so it's important to make sure you have either booked a guided tour from Willow Beach or kayak upstream from willow beach.
  2. Bring your own food and drink. The upstream and downsteam journey through the Colarodo river could take few hours especially if you are kayaking.

Interesting Facts and Trivias About Emerald Cove

  1. Emerald Cove gets its name from its color. The water appears emerald green due to the reflection of the sun off the limestone bottom.
  2. The cove is approximately 30 feet deep.

How Much Time Did Visitors Spend at Emerald Cove

The average time to spend in Emerald cove is about four hours. Visitors typically boat or kayak from Willow Beach to reach the place. All in all, it takes about four hours, and the upstream journey can take longer if the currents are stronger.

How to Reach Emerald Cove

You should get to Willow beach to kayak to the Emerald Cove. It is a 1-hour journey from Las Vegas to reach Willow beach. The drive is through a scenic route, that passes through the Hoover Dam.

Entrance Fee of Emerald Cove

There is no entrance fee to the Emerald Cove but since it is inside Lake Mead National Recreation Area, you will have to purchase a national park pass online. In addition, if you do not bring your kayak, you will have to take a guided tour to reach the cove.

Opening Hours of Emerald Cove

Emerald Cove is open throughout the day.

Attractions Near Emerald Cove

Willow Beach
Willow Beach4.51km from Emerald Cove

Willow Beach is located on the Arizona side of the Colorado River between Lake Mead and Lake Mohave. Both Lake Mead and Lake Mohave are part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area administered by the U.S. National Park Service.Willow Beach was a trade major center for Mojave and Virgin Ancestral Pueblo people along the routes between Coastal California and the American Southwest between 500 and 1200 CE

Black Canyon
Black Canyon9.79km from Emerald Cove

The Black Canyon of the Colorado is the canyon on the Colorado River where Hoover Dam was built. The canyon is located on the Colorado River at the state line between Nevada and Arizona. The western wall of the gorge is in the El Dorado Mountains, and the eastern wall is in the Black Mountains of Arizona. The canyon formed about 15 million years ago during the Miocene Basin and Range uplift. Black Canyon gets its name from the black volcanic rocks that are found throughout the area.

Liberty Bell Arch
Liberty Bell Arch9.97km from Emerald Cove

Liberty Bell Arch is located in a very accessible region of the park. It is so named for it's resemblance to the famous Liberty Bell, at Independence National Historic Park in Pennsylvania. It even includes the "clapper", or the round part of the bell that causes it to ring.Over millions of years nature formed this geologic structure that is more commonly found in Arches National Monument.

Arizona Hot Spring Trailhead
Arizona Hot Spring Trailhead9.98km from Emerald Cove

A beautiful trail located along the Colorado River just south of the Hoover Dam. Tucked away inside a colorful slot canyon, these hot springs offer a beautiful environment to enjoy a nice long soak.

Mount Wilson
Mount Wilson13.49km from Emerald Cove

Mount Wilson is a mountain in Mohave County, Arizona, U.S. At 5,456 feet, it is the second highest point of the Black Mountains after Mount Perkins. Mount Wilson Wilderness is a 23,900-acre protected wilderness area centered around the mountain, established in 1990 under the Arizona Desert Wilderness Act and managed by the Bureau of Land Management. This desert wilderness includes eight miles of the Wilson Ridge and is surrounded by the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam14.69km from Emerald Cove

A concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives. The dam's generators provide power for public and private utilities in Nevada, Arizona, and California. Hoover Dam is a major tourist attraction; nearly a million people tour the dam each year.

Where is Emerald Cove

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Mohave County
Mohave County
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Mohave County is in the northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Arizona. It contains parts of Grand Canyon National Park and Lake Mead National Recreation Area and all of the Grand Canyon–Parashant National Monument. The Kaibab, Fort Mojave and Hualapai Indian Reservations also lie within the county.