Arizona is an amazing place to raft or kayak. The dramatic contrast between desert & water is rather unexpected. Because water is the most valuable resource in a desert, it's not uncommon to see wild animals along the banks of the rivers. This smooth-water float is a great opportunity to see wildlife in their native habitat and appreciate the beauty of our natural environment.
You and your guests will marvel at the beautiful wilderness within the Tonto National Forest as you raft on the Lower Salt River! As you float down the Salt River, our guide will highlight the thousand-foot cliffs, majestic Saguaro Cacti and the native wildlife of the Sonoran Desert. Keep your eyes open for wild horses, deer, great blue herons, osprey, bald eagles, and other wildlife. These outfitter-grade performance rafts are small enough to navigate our tight rivers and large enough to comfortably carry up to 14 guests. With our experienced guide at the stern, your experience on the river will be safe, educational and wonderfully entertaining.
The Salt River is a Class I river (the easiest rating on the international scale of river difficulty) and provides some of the best wildlife and bird watching opportunities in the Southwest. Water temperatures are in the 60s in the winter and rise to low 80s in the summer months. Swimming is possible year‐round, but the water may be chilly in January!
Duration: Approximately 2 hours, depending on water flow
Departs: The 2-hour tour is available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, starting at 8:00am and 1:00pm fall through spring and at 7:30am in the summers. We typically meet at a north-Mesa based rendezvous spot.
Includes: Outfitter-grade inflatable raft, paddles, personal flotation devices (life vest), a brief orientation and shuttle transportation from/to the rendezvous spot.
Cost: $145/person (minimum 3 adult guests, groups can be combined to meet minimum); pre-formed groups of 4+ get a 20% discount.
Season: This tour is available year round, weather dependent.
Skill level: This is a relaxing float through the desert. Minimum age is 8 years old and minimum weight of 35lbs; all minors must be accompanied by an adult.
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 and a dry bag!
Cancellation Policy: All half and full day tours have a 7-day cancelation policy. If your plans change for any reason, please be sure to call at least 7 days prior to the day of your tour to avoid charges.