Flowing through the deserts of central Arizona, the Salt River is a true wilderness escape. It’s easy to see how the Salt earned its moniker of the “Little Grand Canyon”. Steep, rock, canyon walls soar over 2000 feet above the river as your raft crashes through Class III and IV rapids. During the mellow sections, you’ll find yourself captivated by the surrounding scenery, the diverse plants and animals, and the soothing sound of the river.
The Salt River in Arizona has an earlier season then the rivers in Colorado. The best time to raft is between March and May each year. Water levels can change from year to year, so make you double check based on the time you decide to go rafting.
The Salt River is located in Whitewater, Arizona which is about 2 and a half hours from Phoenix.
The minimum age for rafting on the Salt River is 8 years old. The Salt River is a class II with straight forward rapids and great for a relaxing day on the river with just a little excitement along the way.
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SALT RIVER RAFTING
You’ll find it hard to end this amazing river trip. This is your chance to turn off the cell phone, forget the laptop, and truly immerse yourself in nature. You’ll pass through a range of unique environments as the river meanders down from the start of the canyon and gradually opens into the Lower Sonoran Desert.
SALT RIVER FULL DAY
You’ll charge through exhilarating Class III whitewater as 2,000-foot rock canyon walls rise up to either side and provide an incredible backdrop to rapids like Baptism, Kiss and Tell, and Mother Rock. Keep an eye out for the endangered Southern Bald Eagles that nest at the top of the limestone cliffs. A hot, grilled steak lunch caps off this perfect day in the wilderness.
In addition to Arizona rafting, the Salt offers a variety of side excursions. Hikes in narrow side canyons and swimming beneath serene waterfalls are just the start. Explore ancient cliff dwellings. Look for the endangered Desert Bald Eagles as you pass through their nature preserve. Admire the sacred Salt Banks. Feast on the delicious riverside meals prepared by your guides. Most of all, just relax and feel your cares slowly drift away. By the end of your trip, you’ll be ready to return home fully refreshed.
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