Tucson Arizona Rafting Vacation Planning – AZ

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

Tucson, Arizona is a wonderful place to visit in the spring. The weather is great, exciting white water rafting is just a short drive away, and variety of other outdoor activities guarantee you’ll never be bored! No Tucson 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!

Tucson, Arizona visitors are some of the best repeat customers we have. They continue to come back year after year to enjoy Tucson and the beautiful Salt River Canyon. With so many things to do near Tucson, white water rafting is only one of the many activities you can experience.

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

Tucson, Arizona Vacation Lodging
Find the ideal accommodations for your Tucson vacation – there are a variety of choices in the Tucson, AZ area.

Tucson, Arizona Restaurants
Tucson is known for its Mexican and southwestern cuisine – but there is so much more. Have the culinary experience of your life in Tucson, AZ.

Tucson, Arizona Vacation Activities
Make your Tucson vacation one you’ll never forget. Rafting in Tucson, Arizona is just one of the activities you can spend you day enjoying – try horseback riding in the Sonoran desert, or hiking in the Coronado National Forest.

Directions from Tucson, AZ (Tucson Int’l Airport) to…
Salt River, AZ – closest white water rafting trips to Tucson.
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.

Explore History in Tucson, Arizona

The history of Tucson, Arizona begins around 12,000 years ago, when the Paleo-Indians where said to have created a settlement alongside the Santa Cruz River. Archaeologist excavations have located village sites dating back about 4,000 years. The floodplain of the Santa Cruz River, near present day Tucson, was extensively farmed for almost two-thousand years. These people constructed irrigation canals and grew corn, beans, and other crops while gathering wild plants and hunting animals. The Hohokam people, the same culture that settled in the Phoenix area, thrived along the Santa Cruz River until long periods of drought forced them to abandon the area around 1450.

In 1692, a Jesuit missionary named Eusebio Francisco Kino arrived in the Santa Cruz River Valley and Mission San Xavier del Bac in 1700. The Spanish established a fort in 1775, and the town came to be called “Tucson”, meaning “at the base of the black hill”. Tucson became a part of Mexico when they gained independence from Spain in 1821. In 1853, Tucson became part of the United States of America as part of the New Mexico Territory. The Arizona Territory was formed in 1863, and Tucson held the title as capital from 1867-1879. The University of Arizona was founded in 1885.

By 1900, around 7500 people had taken up residence in Tucson. A Veterans Hospital was built right around the same time, and many World War I veterans who had been gassed sought treatment for their respiratory difficulties in Tucson because of the clean dry air. The population of the city gradually increased and was larger than Phoenix until around 1930, when the larger state capital outgrew Tucson.

Today, Tucson still remains a thriving metropolitan area, with about 550,000 people. With the variety and availability of activities in the area, Tucson enjoys about 3.5 million visitors annually. The city and the surrounding area are the perfect choice for the ideal Arizona vacation – one you’ll remember forever.

Tucson: Parks, Canyons, Caves and Culture

Tucson is a great choice for your next Arizona vacation. There are so many great things to enjoy – many of which are just a short distance away. Hike or take a white water rafting trip through the Salt River Canyon, visit Saguaro National Park, Colossal Cave Mountain Park, Kartchner Caverns State Park, or Biosphere 2. You can also venture out to Mission San Xavier del Bac – a historic Spanish Catholic mission built from 1783-1797.

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

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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.
We had an awesome time. I would definitely recommend your company!
Leona H.
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 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.
Very pleasant and enjoyable experience. Rafted four other times and this was the best.
Linda H.
We started rafting with you in 1988. This is our fourth trip. Will be back.
Jim L.
Been rafting six times around the country. Best trip and guide so far.
James H.
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.
Family friend always said Wilderness Aware Rafting was the best. I totally agree!
Angie D.
The trip, your people, your facility never get old.
Fred P.
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.
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.
We feel we have found new friends in Wilderness Aware and plan on spending time in the future with you.
Susie S.
Best time I’ve had on the river in the past 15 years!!!! Will return soon!!!
Dylan S.
Good job, as usual. Our 5th or 6th trip with WA. Big fans of WA.
Tim S.
One of the best times of my life!
Dylnn R.
Thanks for the great time on the river. You do a super job of taking care of your crews.
Jan P.
I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
Levi V.
Sarah, our guide, was the consummate professional.
Becky M.
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.
Very professional yet very informal approach—not an easy combination to sustain—nice team—office included.
Mark W.
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.
From the enthusiastic greetings when we arrived at the office this am, all service was top notch.
John D.
The entire staff from reservations to first contact to trip guide was friendly and helpful. Our Scouts had an outstanding time!
Ken T.
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.
This was my first rafting experience and you guys made it awesome! Thank you so much!
Jamie L.
Appreciate your professional and fun staff! Will definitely return next year!
Dana Q.
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.
This trip surpassed all of my expectations.
Amy B.
It was the best first experience in rafting. Ben was awesome!! Five stars!
Kirby S.
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.
This was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!
Beth G.
Sarah was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and very fun! Best trip ever, even the low water! We will be back again!
Barbara L.
When I made our reservation I knew we were going to have a fantastic time. Everything that happened today exceeded my expectations.
Mark E.
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.
Matt was the most enthusiastic and exciting guide I have ever had… and I have done this a lot.
Carl M.
I loved my experience at WA and will definitely be back with more people.
Cory D.
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.
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.
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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