Phoenix Arizona Rafting Vacation Planning – AZ

The Perfect Phoenix Spring Time Vacation – Whitewater River Rafting in Phoenix

Spring is a wonderful time to visit Phoenix, Arizona. The weather is mild, and the area’s best white water raft trips are just a short drive away. No Phoenix vacation is complete without experiencing a white water rafting trip in the Salt River Canyon. And you won’t find a better white water rafting outfitter than Wilderness Aware!

There are so many things to do in the Phoenix area, whether its white water rafting, hiking amongst the Saguaro cactus in the Sonoran desert, golfing or taking in a baseball game during Spring Training – you have so many options to make your Phoenix vacation perfect. Phoenix, Arizona visitors are some of the best repeat customers we have, coming back year after year to Phoenix and the beautiful Salt River Canyon.

For help planning your Phoenix, AZ vacation – check out the following informative links:

Phoenix, Arizona Vacation Lodging
The choices in the Phoenix, AZ area are endless. You’re guaranteed to find the perfect accommodations for your Phoenix vacation.

Phoenix, Arizona Restaurants
Phoenix has a great selection of dining choices – offering up a variety of cuisine from around the world. You’ll find something to love in Phoenix, Arizona.

Phoenix, Arizona Vacation Activities
Make your Phoenix vacation one you’ll remember forever. In Phoenix, rafting is just one of many fun and exciting activities to try – spend some relaxing time at a spa, or get out and enjoy the scenery for a hike or horseback ride.

Directions from Phoenix, AZ (Sky Harbor Airport) to…
Salt River, AZ – closest white water rafting trips to Phoenix.
Arkansas River, CO -near our Buena Vista, CO headquarters.
Dolores River, CO – 3, 6 & 10 day trips in May and June.
Gunnison River, CO – remote wilderness two-day rafting trips.
Colorado River, CO – mild family float trips.
North Platte River, CO – wilderness trips in May and June.

Phoenix, Arizona History: Born from an Ancient Culture

For more than 1,000 years, the Hohokam people lived on the land that would become Phoenix. The Hohokam was an ancient culture that carried out extensive trade with nearby tribes including the Anasazi and Mogollon. Their greatest contribution, however, was the establishment of over 135 miles of canals built in order to make the harsh desert land suitable for growing crops. The Hohokam eventually abandoned the area around 1300-1450 because of long periods of drought.

The year 1866 saw a small camp form on the south side of the Salt River (now Tempe). This was first permanent settlement in the valley since the decline of the Hohokam. This settlement was formed by Hispanic workers from Fort McDowell – the US Army’s camp located along the Verde River. The camp was formed in 1865 to quell Native American uprisings.

In 1867, a man named Jack Swilling observed the abandoned river valley and its potential for farming. The terrain and climate were ideal – the only problem was a regular source of water. It was the existence of the long gone Hohokam cultures canals that made Swilling’s dream of farming become a reality. He had a series of canals built that followed the ancient tribes existing system. The area flourished. Many names for the new community formed, but it was Lord Darrell Duppa that suggested it be named “Phoenix”, as it described a city born from the ruins of a former civilization.

The city of Phoenix was later incorporated in 1881 with an estimated population of 2500. In 1912 that Phoenix became the capital of the newly formed state of Arizona. By 1950, the population had grown to and estimated 100,000 people. Like many cities in the American west, it has endured its share of fires, floods and crime sprees – and is now a thriving metropolitan city with a many things to offer both its residents and visitors.

Phoenix and the Salt River Canyon: Endless Recreation

There is no end to the list of activities and attractions near Phoenix, AZ. For excursions outside the city, you can hike or take a white water rafting trip through the Salt River Canyon, visit Saguaro National Park, or take a walk through history at the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.

If staying close to the city is more to your liking, take some time to shop in Scottsdale, walk amongst the natural rock formations in Papago Park, visit history itself at Tovrea Castle, or catch an exciting baseball game during Spring Training or a NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway.

Don’t forget to visit many other vacation towns and destinations on your Phoenix, AZ vacation, including Tucson, Globe, Sedona, and Flagstaff.

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Browns Canyon Full Day
Arkansas River, Buena Vista, Colorado
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What Our Guests Say:

Your internet advertising was great. People who answered the phone very helpful and the guides top notch. Seems like your manager has done a wonderful job. I see why you are a successful company.
Phil G.
I have rafted with other companies before but I found your company and Mike, our guide, to be outstanding! I will be back!
Joe M.
Best time I’ve had on the river in the past 15 years!!!! Will return soon!!!
Dylan S.
We had an awesome time. I would definitely recommend your company!
Leona H.
We booked our trip cold off the internet and found from the very beginning a very friendly and courteous staff that helped out and answered all our questions.
Carolyn W.
Good job, as usual. Our 5th or 6th trip with WA. Big fans of WA.
Tim S.
We’ve been with a lot of different rafting companies over the years and we have never used the same company twice but everyone on the trip agreed that your company is the best!
Lisa P.
The entire staff from reservations to first contact to trip guide was friendly and helpful. Our Scouts had an outstanding time!
Ken T.
The trip, your people, your facility never get old.
Fred P.
I would like to commend your staff on their great teamwork and enthusiasm. This was the highlight of our trip to Arizona.
Michele E.
We have rafted round the world and this is by far the best—best trained guides, best safety, best food, best fun. Thanks.
Jane H.
Very professional yet very informal approach—not an easy combination to sustain—nice team—office included.
Mark W.
We started rafting with you in 1988. This is our fourth trip. Will be back.
Jim L.
One of the best times of my life!
Dylnn R.
I loved my experience at WA and will definitely be back with more people.
Cory D.
From the enthusiastic greetings when we arrived at the office this am, all service was top notch.
John D.
Been rafting six times around the country. Best trip and guide so far.
James H.
Sarah, our guide, was the consummate professional.
Becky M.
Sarah was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and very fun! Best trip ever, even the low water! We will be back again!
Barbara L.
Your staff and guides were so helpful and so much fun. My kids ranked that half-day trip as the highlight of our month long trip!
Patty G.
Very pleasant and enjoyable experience. Rafted four other times and this was the best.
Linda H.
We feel we have found new friends in Wilderness Aware and plan on spending time in the future with you.
Susie S.
Thanks for the great time on the river. You do a super job of taking care of your crews.
Jan P.
Matt was the most enthusiastic and exciting guide I have ever had… and I have done this a lot.
Carl M.
Appreciate your professional and fun staff! Will definitely return next year!
Dana Q.
It was the best first experience in rafting. Ben was awesome!! Five stars!
Kirby S.
This trip surpassed all of my expectations.
Amy B.
I started rafting at WA in 1999 and have always had a good time. I highly recommend WA to anyone who wants to raft.
Marty E.
When I made our reservation I knew we were going to have a fantastic time. Everything that happened today exceeded my expectations.
Mark E.
You are great to work with and your guides are fun to be around and well trained. Each experience I’ve had with you (3) has been excellent.
Dawn R.
Family friend always said Wilderness Aware Rafting was the best. I totally agree!
Angie D.
I work in safety – wish I could get all our regional safety folks to present their safety meetings with the same enthusiasm and professionalism.
Karla S.
Frenchie was the best guide I’ve ever had! This is a great company and I will definitely be telling friends about it!
Jamin R.
This was my first rafting experience and you guys made it awesome! Thank you so much!
Jamie L.
I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
Levi V.
We had an awesome time! All staff we dealt with were very personable and helpful. I can’t imagine anything you could do to improve!
Rusty B.
This company is quality. Six years ago I did the same trip with Jack, Ian, and Kelly and the quality is as good today.
Chris G.
Pete was great. Extremely friendly and he took great care of us and really put our group first. Our trip was relaxing and fun!
Erin L.
This was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!
Beth G.
I love the staff!! Very entertaining and welcoming. This was a great rafting experience. I want to come back tomorrow and do it again!
Bailey W.

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