Choose from Six Options
- $34 for Single Kayak Rental, Valid for Weekday Daily Rentals ($50 value)
- $51 for Tandem Kayak Rental, Valid for Weekday Daily Rentals ($75 value)
- $44 for Stand Up Paddle Board Rental, Valid for Weekday Daily Rentals ($60 value)
- $67 for Single Kayak Rental, Valid for Weekend Rentals ($95 value)
- $99 for Tandem Kayak Rental, Valid for Weekend Rentals ($140 value)
- $87 for Stand Up Paddle Board Rental, Valid for Weekend Rentals ($120 value)
Weekend rentals (Saturday and Sunday) must be picked up between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Friday and must be returned Monday between between 11 a.m and 11:30 a.m. Reservations are required. Rentals include one paddle per kayak and SUP, and two per tandem kayak.
Inflatable kayaks have a foam floor for maximal portability and stability. Standup paddleboards are covered with a drop-stitch material for added grip while riders traverse the water. All options include an inflation pump and personal flotation devices.
Kayak or Canoe?: Two Ways Across the Water
Splash into our exploration of their respective merits to decide whether to rent a kayak or canoe.
The basic form of the canoe is so ideally suited to the water that the US Army Corps of Engineers hosts an annual contest in which young designers build concrete canoes that have no trouble staying afloat. But despite their inherent seaworthiness, canoes aren’t right for every nautical outing—try turning one around when the current becomes too strong, and you may wish you were in an agile kayak instead. When deciding whether to use a canoe or kayak, you should first consider the watery terrain in which it has to travel, even before deciding whether The Slim Seagull is an appropriately cool boating nickname.
In general, a kayak will be easier to maneuver among rocks and other obstacles, whereas a canoe’s open top makes it easier to carry if you hit shallow waters. Kayakers also tend to have the advantage on the ocean or on rivers with rapids, since the vessel’s smaller profile pivots nimbly. Kayakers can also wear a special skirt that seals the gap between the deck and the rider’s waist so that water, even during rolls, doesn’t get into the vessel.
The human element is important, too. A double-bladed paddle propels a kayak through the water quickly, since the distance to the water on either side is minimal. And because they’re sitting almost level with the surface of the water and holding a long, balancing paddle, beginners may find a kayak feels more stable than a canoe. However, paddlers of different strengths can balance each other more effectively in a canoe, whereas in individual kayaks, weaker paddlers may end up straggling. In addition, the top of a canoe is almost always open to the air, making it easier to move around, cast a fishing pole, or have a face-to-face conversation about which side is starboard.
Just Roughin' It Adventure Company
The Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park, Olympic National Park, Yosemite National Park—these are some of the US's most beautiful destinations. But they're more than just pretty landscapes. Each is a giant playground that groups can explore for days on end thanks to Just Roughin' It Adventure Company. At sunrise, those who entrust their time to Just Roughin' It's guides might wake up to find themselves in the heart of a canyon, surrounded by the old-growth giants of a dense forest, or overlooking a stately mountain chain covered in white caps.
Because that's what Just Roughin' It trades in: adventure. For every sabbatical from the everyday, the wilderness guides handle all the logistics, booking trips and assembling bags of food and answers to troll riddles. They don't cut corners, either. When groups arrive for their multi-day treks, each adventurer straps on roughly $1,000 worth of backpacking and adventure gear, from trekking poles to sleeping bags.
Adventures don't always require multiple days in a canyon, though. Just Roughin' It's team also leads SUP tours on Arizona lakes and day hikes deep into the Grand Canyon's red rocks. Or, they can simply rent customers gear, such as inflatable kayaks, and let them chart their own course.