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 2016 Early March-April/May!
Restrictions: Raft: Ages 8 and up (except at high water) Inflatable Kayak: Age 16 & must be 5′ 2” Tall Premium Boat:Age 16+ for more adventure8+ for a more private boat option
Current Water Levels

Salt River Canyon Description:

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.

Choose Your Boat for the Experience You Desire:

Standard rafts hold up to 10 guests. Premium rafts provide a more personalized trip with a smaller guide to guest ratio (up to 6 guests). Inflatable kayaks increase the level of adventure with you controlling your own destiny under the supervision of a kayak instructor. No experience is necessary.

Salt River Rafting Trip Options

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

Explore Arizona whitewater rafting in just a day!

Meet: 9:30am Salt River Canyon

Return: 5 hours later (about 4 hours on water)

Standard Raft: $125* Adult; $105* Youth • Premium/Kayak: $165* per person

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Salt River Express Trip

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

Meet: 11:45am Salt River Canyon

Return: 5 hours later (5 hours on water)

Standard Raft: $105* Adult; $89* Youth • Premium Raft: $149* per person

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Salt Morning Half Day Trip

A taste of Arizona’s Salt River!

Meet: 9:30am Salt River Canyon

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

Standard Raft: $85* Adult; $63* Youth • Premium/Kayak: $119* per person

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Salt Camp Out Trip

Because everyone needs a night in the Salt River Canyon!

Meet: 9:30am Salt River Canyon

Return: About 10:30am the next day

Standard Raft: $189* Adult; $149* Youth • Premium Raft: $225* per person

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Salt River 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: $425* Adult; $340* Youth • Premium Raft: $505* per person

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Salt Three Day Trip

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

Meet: 9:30am Salt River Canyon

Return: 4:30pm

Standard Raft: $605* Adult; $475* Youth • Premium Raft: $725* per person

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Salt 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!)

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 water levels allow)
  • 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
  • Trips held to the higher safety standards of Colorado state
  • Quality trip leaders with an average of 2,000 river miles experience
  • Earning the highest possible ratings from the Forest Service and Apache Tribe, our governing agencies

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