The guides were gracious, knowledgeable and safe.
Just wanted to drop a quick note expressing our gratitude for a magnificent time on the river this past Tuesday. We couldn’t have asked for more. Cheers!!!
This is the fourth summer to raft with Wilderness Aware, and yet again, continue to be impressed with the client services, safety and the overall trips.
The entire staff from reservations, first contact to trip guide was friendly and helpful. Our Scouts had an outstanding time!
We wanted to thank you all for a great adventure. You guys absolutely are the best, not just as guides but as people in general. We feel like we made awesome new friends.
I appreciated how the guide was very concerned for our comfort and well being as well as the safety of the other rafts.
Good job, as usual. Out 5th or 6th trip with WA. Big fans of WA.
Friendliest guide I’ve rafted with!
Your internet advertising was great. People who answered the phone very helpful and the guides top notch. Seems like manager has done a wonderful job. See why a successful company.
You are all amazing! I felt pampered and had a very stress free trip which is an amazing thing considering there were 36 teens coming along for the ride. Thank you!
Salt River Rafting – Arizona White Water Rafting
White water rafting in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, close to Phoenix and Tucson
Salt River Tubing Trips? No Way! — This is a White Water Rafting Adventure!
Arizona’s Salt River has unique characteristics not to be missed. Not only are the rapids exciting with world class river-rafting action, the Salt River features stunning biological diversity and breathtaking grandeur.
Choose from short white water rafting trips of just a day to longer rafting trips of up to five days. Many Phoenix and Tucson residents join us each spring on our most popular trip – a full-day rafting adventure starting near the Highway 60 bridge between Globe and Show Low. To fully explore the canyon, with its beaches, unique geology and huge variety of plants, animals and bird life, consider an overnight whitewater rafting adventure of two to five days. Come see why the Salt River Canyon is one of the Southwest’s hidden treasures.
Salt River Rafting rapids are rated class III and IV. The Salt River drops an average of 25 feet per mile for over 50 miles through rocky, secluded canyons. It flows through oak and juniper woodlands down into stunning Lower Sonoran Desert vegetation, with giant multi-armed Saguaro cactii and a diversity of other cactii. Several side canyons reveal oasis-like microhabitats that are a lush reprieve from the prickly cactus environment. Excellent scenic riverside campsites are abundant and accessible only by raft.
Salt River Rafting Trips:
|Upper Salt River Canyon Full-Day||III-IV||10 mi.||March 8 – May 4||8|
|Upper Salt River Canyon Full-Day ‘Sprint’||III-IV||10 mi.||March 8 – May 4||8|
|Upper Salt River Canyon Half-Day||III-IV||6 mi.||March 8 – May 4||8|
|Upper Salt River 2-Day Upper Canyon||III-IV||20 mi.||March 8 – May 4||8|
|Upper Salt River 2-Day Expedition||III-IV||42 mi.||March 8 – May 4||10|
|Upper Salt River Canyon 3-Day||III-IV||42 mi.||March 8 – May 4||10|
|Upper Salt River Canyon 4-Day||III-IV||51 mi.||March 8 – May 4||10|
|Upper Salt River Canyon 5-Day||III-IV||51 mi.||March 8 – May 4||10|
Salt River Resources:
Directions to our Salt River Canyon Office: The Salt River is located 2 ¼ hours northeast of Phoenix and 2 ½ hours north of Tucson, Arizona.
Packing List and Pre-Trip Information: Complete lists of what to bring, what we provide, where to meet, policies, rental costs and other info.
Gallery Photos: Photos of the Salt River as well as the other river we raft, area wildlife, our staff and many, many more.
Salt River Map: Overview Map of the Salt River showing section names, rapids and other interesting features.
All or part of our operation is conducted on public lands under special permit from the Tonto National Forest and the White Mountain Apache Tribe.