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Salt River Tours and Activities

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Playing in or on Arizona’s Salt River is a great way to stay wet and cool any time of year. Just how you make a splash is entirely up to you.

Depending on conditions, whitewater rafting season typically runs winter through spring on the Upper Salt River. Its rafting rapids are rated class III and IV. Guided trips can run from just one days to five days in length.

Near Mesa, folks love to rent inner tubes and float down the lower Salt River. Not far from Scottsdale, you can paddle, or simply just float in the calm water. Be sure to be on watch for bald eagles and wild horses. A class 1 river, it’s also a great place for a stand up paddle board tour.

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Half-Day Lower Salt River Rafting Tour

Half-Day Lower Salt River Rafting Tour

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If you’ve ever wanted to raft a river, but don’t know how, get out of the Phoenix heat on a beginner-friendly float. Discover a scenic desert oasis less than an hour from the city. Your guide steers the boat and provides fascinating facts about the flora and fauna of the unique Sonoran Desert. Your whole family can swim, play, or just relax together on this small group adventure.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.00
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$145.00
Price varies by group size

Half-Day Salt River Whitewater Rafting

Half-Day Salt River Whitewater Rafting

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If you haven’t tried white water rafting before, this is the perfect excursion to try it out. The half day tour travels on the Salt River over class III rapids—enough to get splashed without being expert-level. Your guide will take you through a safety orientation and whitewater rafting basics before setting out on the river with views of the White Mountains beyond.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$141.22
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Full-Day Salt River Whitewater Rafting Trip

Full-Day Salt River Whitewater Rafting Trip

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Spend a thrilling day on the Salt River as you conquer class III-IV rapids. Your guide will instruct you on the best way to navigate the river to maximize your rafting enjoyment. Choose one of two options. Both cover the same amount of river, but the “standard” offers lunch midway through your adventure, while the “sprint” substitutes lunch for a snack so you can get back in the river quicker.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$172.69
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Raft & Camp

Raft & Camp

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An easy drive from Phoenix to Arizona's other "Grand Canyon". Enjoy a fun filled day of whitewater rafting and while others drive back to the city you set up camp next to the river as the guides prepare dinner and a beautiful evening by the fire watching the stars overhead. Less than 3 miles from the highway our camp can be accessed by any vehicle which makes for some very comfortable camping as you can bring whatever you like.
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  • 1 day 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$237.44
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Half-Day Salt River Raft Trip

Half-Day Salt River Raft Trip

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If you’re traveling with kids or hesitant to give white-water rafting a try, this mild Salt River Canyon rafting trip is the perfect choice. Your guide provides all of the instruction and safety information needed for a stress-free trip. Plus, this beginner-friendly tour only requires a half-day commitment—choose to extend at the halfway point if you’re having a good time.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$130.93
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Arizona Rafting on the Salt River - Express Rafting Trip

Arizona Rafting on the Salt River - Express Rafting Trip

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Escape to the "other" Grand Canyon, the Salt River Canyon for an exciting afternoon filled with 12 "wet and fun" Class III rapids on a Salt River one day raft trip! Rapids are every 5 to 10 minutes in this unbelievable 2,000 foot deep canyon. • Multi-faceted Satellite communication systems to coordinate the details of your adventure and increase safety • Specially designed 4-wheel drive vehicles to ensure your shuttle out on the rugged trails • Different boat options for various water levels and adventure desires • Free helmets, wetsuits, wetsuit boots, splash jackets, and personal flotation devices. • Trips run to higher Colorado state safety standards • Earning the highest possible ratings from the Forest Service and Apache Tribe, our governing agencies • Highly trained and experienced guides with trip leaders averaging 2,000 river miles • State of the art self bailing rafts • All taxes, fees and handling charges
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$157.04
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Arizona Rafting on the Salt River - Half Day Rafting Trip

Arizona Rafting on the Salt River - Half Day Rafting Trip

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Escape to the "other" Grand Canyon, the Salt River Canyon for an exciting afternoon filled with 6 "wet and fun" Class III rapids on a Salt River one day raft trip! Rapids are every 5 to 10 minutes in this unbelievable 2,000 foot deep canyon. • Multi-faceted Satellite communication systems to coordinate the details of your adventure and increase safety • Specially designed 4-wheel drive vehicles to ensure your shuttle out on the rugged trails • Different boat options for various water levels and adventure desires • Free helmets, wetsuits, wetsuit boots, splash jackets, and personal flotation devices. • Trips run to higher Colorado state safety standards • Earning the highest possible ratings from the Forest Service and Apache Tribe, our governing agencies • Highly trained and experienced guides with trip leaders averaging 2,000 river miles • State of the art self bailing rafts • All taxes, fees and handling charges
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.36
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 Arizona Rafting on the Salt River- Full Day Rafting Trip

Arizona Rafting on the Salt River- Full Day Rafting Trip

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Escape to the "other" Grand Canyon, the Salt River Canyon for an exciting afternoon filled with 12 "wet and fun" Class III rapids on a Salt River one day raft trip! Rapids are every 5 to 10 minutes in this unbelievable 2,000 foot deep canyon. • Multi-faceted Satellite communication systems to coordinate the details of your adventure and increase safety • Specially designed 4-wheel drive vehicles to ensure your shuttle out on the rugged trails • Different boat options for various water levels and adventure desires • Free helmets, wetsuits, wetsuit boots, splash jackets, and personal flotation devices. • Trips run to higher Colorado state safety standards • Earning the highest possible ratings from the Forest Service and Apache Tribe, our governing agencies • Highly trained and experienced guides with trip leaders averaging 2,000 river miles • Hot grilled steak lunch provided • State of the art self bailing rafts • All taxes, fees and handling charges
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$179.10
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Granite Reef Kayaking Trip on the Lower Salt River

Granite Reef Kayaking Trip on the Lower Salt River

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The trip is a scenic, unguided, four and a half hour kayaking journey down the Lower Salt River. Starting at Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch, you and your group will kayak down a leisurely thirteen mile stretch of river as it moves it's way through the Tonto National Forest. Participants often witness wild horses, otters, birds and other wildlife that cool off in the river during the summer months. We have the special privilege of being the only kayak rental company located right on the Salt River, so our trips launch directly from our site which you are returned to via shuttle after your trip. Each reservation includes a kayak rental, paddle, PFD and return shuttle to starting site. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to launch time so you may complete waivers, prepare belongings, receive safety orientation prior to the scheduled launch time.  Water, sunscreen and dry bags are for sale. Orientation is mandatory and includes basic paddling, water safety and geography of the river.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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Should I book Salt River tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Salt River can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 9 Salt River tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Salt River 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Salt River costs USD 80.00. Guided Salt River tours start around USD 80.00 per person. See all 9 Salt River tickets and tours on Viator.
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