Salt River Rafting

Whitewater rafting in Arizona: Express, 1-Day, 2-Day, 3-Day, 4 & 5-Day Arizona River Trips.
Salt River Rafting
Location: Central Arizona
Adventure Level: Rafting: Intermediate Inflatable Kayaks: High Adventure Premium Boat: High Adventure
Class: High Water:Class II, III & IV Rapids Low Water: Class II & III Rapids
Season: Salt trips will begin again in Early March-April/May!
Restrictions: Raft: Ages 8 and up (except at high water) Inflatable Kayak: Age 16 & must be 5′ 2” Tall
Current Water Levels

Salt River Rafting Description:

Our 2017 Salt River Rafting season will begin March 4th! Experience spectacular Salt River rafting 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. The scenery 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.

Arizona Spring Break Rafting Adventure:

  • Experience white water rafting in Arizona’s “other Grand Canyon” on your spring break this March or April. Connect with family and friends in the outdoors on this fun-filled adventure.
  • Take a break from your Cactus League Spring Training trip and add on some Arizona white water rafting. This spectacular wilderness getaway in the Salt River Canyon is a great addition to your Cactus League Spring training trip.
  • Close to Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Surprise, Tucson, Tempe, Glendale and Fountain Hills.

Special Ways We Care for You on our Salt River Rafting trips:

  • Going the extra mile (literally) upstream from the main put-in to provide 2 additional rapids (when accessible)
  • Multifaceted 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, free wetsuits, free wetsuit boots and free splash jackets
  • Our Arizona trips are operated with Colorado’s stricter state standards
  • Quality trip leaders average 2,000 river miles experience
  • The highest possible ratings from the Forest Service and Apache Tribe, our governing agencies

Choose Your Boat for the Experience You Desire:

Standard rafts hold up to 8 guests. Premium rafts holds up to 6 guests providing a more personalized experience. Five or more seats reserved in a premium raft ensures the raft is private for your group. Additional benefit is you can then request a smaller raft for more adventure.

Salt River Rafting Trip Options

Free Wetsuits, Wetsuit Boots and Splash Jackets on Salt River Rafting trips!
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Salt River Rafting One Day Trip

Explore Arizona whitewater rafting in just a day!

Meet: 10:00am Salt River Canyon

Return: 6 hours later (about 4 hours on water)

Standard Raft: $135* Adult; $109* Youth • Premium: $175* per person

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Salt River Rafting Express Trip

Tackle the Salt River Canyon in a fraction of the time.

Meet: 10:00am Salt River Canyon

Return: 5 hours later (4 hours on water)

Standard Raft: $115* Adult; $99* Youth • Premium Raft: $159* per person

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Salt Morning Half Day Trip

A taste of Arizona’s Salt River!

Meet: 10:00am Salt River Canyon

Return: 3 hours later (about 1.5 hours on water)

Standard Raft: $89* Adult; $69* Youth • Premium: $129* per person

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Salt River Rafting Camp Out Trip

Because everyone needs a night in the Salt River Canyon!

Meet: 10:00am Salt River Canyon

Return: About 10:30am the next day

Standard Raft: $205* Adult; $159* Youth • Premium Raft: $235* per person

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Salt River Rafting Two Day Trip

Because you need more rapids, more wilderness & more get-away!

Meet: 9:30am Salt River Canyon

Return: 5:00pm (4-5 hours on water each day)

Standard Raft: $449* Adult; $340* Youth • Premium Raft: $595* per person

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Salt River Rafting Three Day Trip

Raft, relax, rejuvenate, & refresh on the Salt River in Arizona!

Meet: 9:30am Salt River Canyon

Return: 4:30pm

Standard Raft: $649* Adult; $489* Youth • Premium Raft: $749* per person

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Salt River Rafting Four Day Wilderness Trip

From bridge to bridge – raft the whole Salt River whitewater section!

Meet: 9:30am Salt River Canyon

Return: 4:30pm

Standard Raft: $755* Adult; $685* Youth • Premium Raft: $915* per person

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Salt Five Day Wilderness Trip

Experience the Greatest Premium Wilderness Trip in the U.S.!

Meet: 9:30am Salt River Canyon

Return: 4:30pm

Standard Raft: $895* Adult; $835* Youth • Premium Raft: $1,055* per person

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Dash of Salt

Experience the 2 day Salt River trip in 1 day!

Meet: 8:30am Salt River Canyon

Return: 6:00pm

Standard Raft: $195* per person • Premium Raft: $249* per person

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*Additional River/Land Access Fees not included

Salt River Rafting Trip Highlights:

  • 2,000 foot deep canyon – Arizona’s Other Grand Canyon
  • More rapids per mile than any other Arizona river
  • Numerous Class III “wet and fun” rapids on the 1 day section, Class IV on longer trips
  • Spectacular blooming cactus & desert flowers
  • Granite canyon walls
  • Earliest river season in the U.S.
  • Wilderness trip (no cell phones, no electricity, no running water!)

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