There are really only 2 places for a 1 day Hiking & Kayaking experience can take place near the Grand Canyon.
#1 – is Glen Canyon below Glen Canyon Dam…which I did this last Friday…it was awesome!
Here at Glen Canyon you can go directly to Kayak The Colorado now and they provide both the Kayak with Paddle and Personal Floatation Device (PFD) and the Backhaul up to Glen Canyon Dam or other closer drop off points on the Colorado River. You can also rent Kayaks from Lake Powell Paddleboards and transport them to Lees Ferry, then you arrange for a Backhaul with Wilderness River Adventures. I highly recommend it if you will be over on the East end of the Grand Canyon…also, this is where Horseshoe Bend is…and you actually kayak around it! There are short hikes along the way to see Petroglyphs in Glen Canyon, as well.
#2 – is Black Canyon below Hoover Dam…I have NOT done that one yet…and don’t know the details of how to pull it off. However, I do know that Kayaking tours are conducted there from when I took the 20 minute Heli ride offered at the Hacienda Hotel just before you get down to Hoover…I saw the Kayaker’s on the river.
I just did a Google search and found the following links: http://kayaklasvegas.com/kayak_half_river/
So, having just taken my first Kayaking trip on the River last Friday…I am a major convert. It is a great way to spend a day and the water below both Glen Canyon & Hoover Dam is 47-50 degree’s…so you can easily cool off in these hot temperatures if you need to.
Everything within Grand Canyon proper is highly inaccessible for 1 day of Kayaking. There are plenty of 1 day hikes in the Grand Canyon, however, I only recommend going below the rim in the Fall, Winter and Spring due to the excessive heat.