Experience spectacular Salt River rafting trips in the Upper Salt River Canyon! Paddle through an incredible 2000-foot deep canyon as you take on rapids such as “Maytag,” “Overboard” and “Mescal Falls”. The Salt River drops at over 20 feet per mile as it carves a canyon full of wilderness to discover. The high Sonoran Desert scenery and fun filled whitewater make this a special place best shared with friends and family. Mild to Wild Rafting provides a delicious, guide prepared, grilled steak lunch on our one day trips. Longer trips take you further into the wilderness section of the spectacular Salt River Canyon, which changes dramatically from day to day, and plunges you into bigger rapids! Indulge in the ultimate: catered multi-day trips with our deluxe river camp setup.
These are generally 15 foot self-bailing rafts. Choose an oar boat where the guide navigates with oars from the back of the boat so you can help paddle or just sit back and relax. Or, choose a paddle boat where everyone, including the guide, paddles. Since the guide doesn’t have the large oars, they do not have as much control and require YOUR assistance to navigate the river!
Smaller boats with smaller tubes so at higher water levels they increase the level of adventure. They can be set up as Paddle Boats or Oar Boats. In a Paddle Boat, the guide has a paddle like the customers so everyone has to help navigate and paddle through the rapids. If the guests want more adventure, the guide can also go for the riskier lines through the rapids. When rigged as an Oar Boat, the guide has more control so guests have the option to sit back and relax or assist in paddling through the rapids.
Premium Boats can also be reserved as a more private boat option. We normally put 4 to 5 people (6 if there are 6 in the group) in a Premium Boat as opposed to 8 or 9 in the regular sized rafts. With this option, guests can request an Oar or Paddle Boat. If your group has younger kids and reserves a Premium Boat as a more private boat option, the guides will take more conservative lines as safety is our number one priority. At lower water levels, the Premium Boats only offer more of a private trip and there is no added adventure.
For those who want to increase the level of adventure further and control their own destiny, this is the perfect option! No experience necessary and an instructional guide will be provided. Each person will be in his/her own single person inflatable kayak. Interested? Go to Salt River Kayaking.
Explore Arizona Whitewater Rafting in just a Day!
Savor a day in this spectacular canyon with 10-12 Class III rapids and a delicious grilled riverside lunch! Cost: $119* Adult; $103.50* Youth • Meets: 9:30Learn More
Salt River Express Trip
Tackle the same stretch as the 1 day trip in a fraction of the time.
Enjoy an exciting trip filled with 10-12 “wet and fun” class III rapids. Thunder through thrilling rapids (every 5 to 10 minutes) in this unique recreational treasure in a raft or premium boat. Cost: $99* Adult; $89* • Meets: 11:45
Salt Morning Half Day Trip
A taste of Arizona whitewater rafting!
A sampler trip for those short on time. Raft 6-8 Class III “wet and fun” rapids, discover breathtaking scenery and splash through spectacular rapids in a raft or premium boat. Cost: $79* Adult; $59* Youth • Meets: 9:30
Salt Camp Out Trip
Because everyone needs a night in the canyon!
You are going to want to stay in the Salt River Canyon after a day of rafting to relax, enjoy a delicious dinner, campfire, & night’s rest in our comfortable camp. Cost: $159* Adult; $144* Youth • Meets: 9:30
Salt River Two Day Trip
Because you need more rapids, more wilderness & more get-away!
Indulge in two days of thrilling whitewater as you explore even deeper into the heart of the Salt River Canyon. Cost: $399* Adult; $337.50* Youth • Meets: 9:30
Salt Three Day Trip
Raft, relax, rejuvenate, refresh!
Enjoy two nights of camping and three days of rafting in the beautiful 2000 foot deep Salt River Canyon. Cost: $599* Adult; $472.50* Youth • Meets: 9:30
Salt Four Day Wilderness Trip
From Bridge to Bridge – Raft the Whole Whitewater Section!
Experience 3 serene nights under the stars while our guides provide 5-star service. Marvel at the canyon’s unique natural beauty where you can experience dramatic changes in scenery every day! Cost: $745* Adult; $685* Youth • Meets: 9:30
Dash of Salt
The Two Day trip in One Spectacular Day
When high water comes to the Upper Salt River we are able to run the two day trip in one fast paced day! Travel an incredible 20 miles and into the wilderness section in one day! Cost: $185* • Call for dates
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