Salt River Kayaking

Our guided river kayaking tours are the perfect way to cool off on a warm day in Arizona’s desert. Spend a relaxing morning paddling along lush green riverbanks and towering cliffs, keep alert for sightings of wild horses and bald eagles. Guided kayak tours on the Salt River are scheduled to avoid the crowds and are perfectly suited to take advantage of all the river has to offer, including refreshingly cool swimming and a unique perspective on the desert.

If you’ve done the tubing and would like a different look at the Lower Salt, this tour is for you.  With different water options available, you can experience this river 2 ways depending on the time of year:

Lower Section (year round) - This enjoyable and relaxing float starts where the Verde River merges with the Lower Salt making this 3 mile tour available all year long.  Rich with a heavy selection of wildlife including wild horses, you can also enjoy your tour without the popularity of tubers. 

Upper Section (May thru September) – This breathtaking float starts at the beautiful Saguaro Lake Ranch, giving both a private launch and take out experience.  You will enjoy a little more river action on this 5.5 mile tour as well as views that only the river can offer.

Multiple trip launch times to choose from each day means you can always enjoy perfect weather no matter the season.

Duration:  Approximately 2-3 hours on the water.

Departs:  Mesa, Arizona. Wednesday through Sunday, 8:30 AM check-in/9 AM launch or 12:30 PM check-in/1 PM launch). Alternative days/times available for special groups, please inquire. 

Includes:  Skilled & certified guide(s), single kayaks (tandems available), paddles, safety equipment, parking pass and roundtrip transportation from check-in to drop-in point. 


  • Adults (ages 13+) — $93*
  • Adult/child pair (child ages 5-12) — $153*


  • Equipment upgrades (optional) — water shoes (footwear must be worn at all times) $10 to rent; dry bag $10 to rent. 
  • Private fee: $300 + regular tour price

*$5.50 river usage fee payable at the boathouse upon check-in

Season:  This tour is available year round. Lower Section available year round; Upper Section available May through September

Skill level:  This is a relaxing float through the desert. Children 12 and under must be in a tandem with an adult. Children must be a minimum of 5 years old and 50 lbs to go on a tour. Maximum weight 275 lbs.

Notes:  RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.  Required footwear: shoes that can get wet and will not fall off in the water (no flip flops or bare feet).  Recommended attire includes a hat, clothing appropriate for the expected weather conditions, and sunscreen SPF 30 or higher. Don't forget a waterproof camera!

Cancellation Policy:  All half and full day tours have a 72-hour cancelation policy.  If your plans change for any reason, please be sure to call at least 72 hours prior to the day of your tour to avoid charges.

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