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Salt River AZ 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, Salt River rafting features stunning biological diversity and breathtaking grandeur.

The Salt River is a non-regulated, free-flowing river that is dependent on snowpack. Run off is in the springtime, from late-February and through early-May on an average snow year. We raft commercial trips on the Salt River during run off only, and the season length can vary depending on how much snow the river basin receives. If you have any questions, at any time of year, regarding the Salt River – please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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 cactus and a diversity of other vegetation. 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.

Recommended Salt River AZ Rafting Trips:

Salt River Full Day Trip

Raft with us on Arizona’s most popular white water rafting full day trip! Fast-paced, exciting rapids greet you on this 10 mile Salt River journey located near Globe, Arizona – close to Phoenix and Tucson. All skill levels and kids ages 8+ are welcome on this springtime trip that departs daily from March-early May.

Adult price : $133

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Salt River ‘Sprint’ Full Day Trip

Depart late and dash down the Salt River Full Day section, forgoing lunch for a small snack so you can take on as many rapids as possible! This action-packed trip departs near Globe, Arizona, a couple hour drive from Phoenix and Tucson. Suitable for all skill levels and kids age 8+, this trip is available March-early May.

Adult price : $118

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Salt River Half Day Trip

Get a taste of white water on the short and sweet half day Salt River trip! Rafters of all skill levels and kids ages 8+ can take part in this amazing trip between March and early May. Depart from the canyon just north of Globe, Arizona – a short distance from the cities of Phoenix and Tucson.

Adult price : $91

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Salt River Campout Trip

Experience the action-packed and exciting Salt River full day section, with riverside camping and fresh meals the night before or evening of the trip. Depart near Globe, Arizona, close to Phoenix and Tucson, anytime between March and early-May. Suitable for all skill levels and kids ages 8+, this trip is great for families and groups alike.

Adult price : $199

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2 Day Salt River Expedition

Enjoy rafting the entire distance of the stunning and isolated Salt River Wilderness on this fast-paced 2 Day trip. Departing just north of Globe, Arizona, close to Phoenix and Tucson, this remarkable trip is available between March-early May. Suitable for adventurous adults and kids ages 10+ looking to spend quality time on the river. This trip is an amazing adventure!

Adult price : $439

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Salt River Wilderness 3 Day Trip

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!

Adult price : $629

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Salt River Wilderness 4 Day Trip

Travel deep into the grandeur of the Salt River Wilderness, and tackle exhilarating white water on this amazing 4 Day adventure. Trips depart just north of Globe, Arizona and the metropolitan areas of Phoenix and Tucson. Suitable for all skill levels, raft during March, April and early May with family, friends and kids ages 10+.

Adult price : $749

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Salt River Wilderness 5 Day Trip

Embrace and relish the Salt River lifestyle with amazing and exciting rapids, exploration and relaxation. Located near Globe, Arizona and the larger cities of Phoenix and Tucson, this 5 Day trip is a true getaway from the everyday. Available from March-early May, this trip is suitable for intermediate rafters, outgoing beginners and kids ages 10+. This trip is sure to be one to remember!

Adult price : $919

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  • Lydia filled us with confidence. She was skilled and knowledgeable and explained each set of rapids so we knew what to expect. She was great company and we had the best experience. She was brilliant.

    Dwight W. Rafter
  • I cannot wait to come back! Also loved how funny all the guides were. It was the most I’ve seen my sister laugh in a long time! Thank you so much for this amazing experience.

    Lexi R. Rafter
  • I spent several days researching various rafting options and after speaking w/your team was sold. We were not disappointed-the trip is spectacular and our guide Sean was informative, lively professional and entertaining.

    Lauren C. Rafter

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