Salt River Rafting – Arizona White Water Rafting

White water rafting in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, close to Phoenix and Tucson

Salt River Rafting in Arizona

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.

The 2018 Salt River season is cancelled due to extreme low water conditions. The 2019 Salt River Season will start on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Please plan on joining us next year!

Salt River Rafting Trips:

Class III-IV
10 mi.
March 3-May 6
Age 8+
Class III-IV
10 mi.
March 3-May 6
Age 8+
Class III-IV
6 mi.
March 3-May 6
Age 8+
Class III-IV
10 mi.
March 3-May 6
Age 8+
Class III-IV
42 mi.
March 3-May 6
Age 10+
Class III-IV
42 mi.
March 3-May 6
Age 10+
Class III-IV
51 mi.
March 3-May 6
Age 10+
Class III-IV
51 mi.
March 3-May 6
Age 10+

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.

Salt River Resources:


Directions to our
Salt River, AZ Office

Our office is located at the base of the Salt River Canyon between Globe and Show Low, AZ.

Packing List

Packing List and
Pre-Trip Information

Complete lists of what to bring, what we provide, where to meet, policies, rental costs and info.



Photos of the Salt River as well as the other river we raft, area wildlife, our staff and many more.


Salt River

Overview Map of the Salt River showing section names,
rapids and other 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.

Colorado Rafting River Guide:

Colorado Rafting River Guide
Check out our detailed information about the rivers you can raft across Colorado.

What Our Guests Say:

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

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