3 Day Salt River Wilderness

Arizona

Raft miles of spectacular desert beauty and thrilling white water rapids on the incredible 3 Day Salt River Wilderness trip. Rafters of all skill levels and kids ages 10+ can experience this adventure, available March-early May. Departs near Globe, Arizona just a short drive from Phoenix and Tucson. This trip takes you deep into the heart of the desert!

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Trip Details

Adults: $629 Youth: $534.65

  • 9:00 AM Departure
  • March 3 to May 6 (2018)
  • 42 miles on the river
  • Beginner/Intermediate, Class III-IV rapids
  • Experienced guide on each raft
  • Ages 10 years and up*
  • Meals included, from lunch on day 1 through lunch on day 3
  • High water/cool weather items included (wetsuit, wetshoes & splash jacket)
  • Located near Globe, Arizona near Phoenix and Tucson

About the Salt River 3 Day Wilderness Trip


The three day trip launches at the point the Full Day trip eats lunch. In three days we travel 42 miles through White Rock, Granite Canyons and continue through the inaccessible Jumpoff Canyon in the Salt River Wilderness. Abundant riverside campsites that are accessible only by raft will be our stop each night.

Hear and feel the roar of exciting rapids such as Quartzite Falls, Black Rock, The Maze, and Corkscrew. Multi-day Salt River trips provide an opportunity for total escape. Experience world-class whitewater, fascinating geology, giant saguaro cactus, Indian ruins, and desert canyons carpeted in Sonoran Desert wildflowers.

The Salt River is one of the most unique rivers in the country. Its location on the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau is at the crossroads of mountain and desert ecosystems, resulting in a striking variety of plant, animal and bird life. You’ll descend through oak and juniper woodlands into the stunning Lower Sonoran desert with its towering multi-armed saguaro cactus. Several side canyon hikes lead to oasis-like micro-habitats that are a delight to explore. The Salt River Canyon is truly a hidden treasure of the southwest.

This trip has a strict maximum of 12 people per trip.

Additional Information
  • *Youth price is valid for those 10-16 years old. Youth must weigh at least 60 lbs. Minimum age and weight are subject to increase due to high water.
  • Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.
  • Please arrive at least 1 hour prior to departure time.
  • Price listed includes your wetsuit, wetshoes, splash jacket, lifejacket, helmet, guide, boat, overnight bag, potable chemical toilet, transportation to and from the river and all meals from lunch on day 1 through lunch on day 3. The prices listed do not include 9% land and water access fees, $50 Apache Permit Fee or guide tip.

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Map & Directions to Salt River Canyon, AZ

Our office is located at the base of the Salt River Canyon (on the opposite side of the bridge from the rest stop), just off of Hwy 60/AZ 77, about 40 minutes north of Globe, AZ and 45 south of Show Low, AZ.

Resources:

  • Packing List and Pre-Trip Information: a complete list of what to bring, what we provide, rental costs and directions.
  • Liability Release: required for each rafter. Please feel free to complete this form prior to arrival. Each person under 18 years of age requires a parent/guardian to co-sign.
  • Salt River Description: information about the Salt River, including a complete list of all trips we offer.
  • Itinerary: read our sample itinerary.
  • Gallery: look through photos of the Salt River, our other rivers, staff, wildlife and more.
  • River Map: check out our detailed river maps including rapids and other features.
  • FAQ’s: Take a look through our most frequently asked questions and answers.