Water activity

Scottsdale: Half-Day Lower Salt River Rafting Tour

Activity provider: REI Co-op Experiences
Water activity

Scottsdale: Half-Day Lower Salt River Rafting Tour

Activity provider: REI Co-op Experiences
Likely to sell out

From US$ 170 per person

Likely to sell out

Float down the Lower Salt River on a guided rafting trip as you discover a scenic and relaxing desert oasis just outside Phoenix. Swim and water fight or just relax on the river soaking up the scenery on this family-friendly activity.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Cool off on a warm summer day with a guided float through a gorgeous desert oasis
  • Experience the unique and beautiful desert landscape full of wildlife and free-roaming horses
  • Enjoy a fun adventure that is suitable for the whole family
Full description
Cool off and explore the beautiful Sonoran Desert with a guided Salt River rafting trip on the Lower Salt River in the Tonto National Forest. Arrive at 7:30 AM at the local supplier's office in North Scottdale, then travel 35 minutes to the start point just outside the eastern metro area. Get kitted out with all necessary equipment then head out onto the water.  The Salt River is a scenic, Class I (the easiest rating on the international scale of river difficulty) waterway which provides some of the best wildlife and bird watching opportunities in the Southwest. The water flow on the river varies seasonally, based on this your guide will choose from a number of put‐in/take‐out locations in order to ensure guests have the best river rafting experience. Whilst light paddling is required, your experienced rafting guide will do most of the work, so you can sit back and enjoy the view. Water temperatures are in the 60s in the winter and rise to low 80s in the summer months. Swimming is possible year‐round, but the water may be chilly in January. Tours typically last about 4 hours and water and snacks will be provided for the duration of the tour.
  • Professional safety-certified rafting guide
  • Bottled water and snacks
  • Raft, paddles, PFD (life jacket), dry bags
  • Roundtrip transportation
  • National Forest entry fees
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Canal/Hawes Trailhead Park and Ride. Look for the REI van towards the north end of the lot. There are two entrances to the parking lot, one at the light on N. Power Rd and E Preston St. and one 0.1miles north on Power Rd.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
  • ID card, copy accepted

Not allowed

  • Sandals or flip flops

Know before you go

  • You can expect to be with another group on your rafting tour unless you have booked a private tour
  • Advance reservations are required and can only be confirmed with receipt of guest contact information and a valid credit card; final payment is due in advance of the tour
  •  Due to crowds at local waterways, the tour may take place in several local lakes or rivers. Please see email confirmation for meeting location or get in touch.
  • There is no charge for cancellations made more than 48 hours before departure time; cancellations made less than 48 hours from departure time will be charged in full
Customer reviews

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Absolutely beautiful, great experience!

June 19, 2022

This trip was fabulous! The guides were so organized and accommodating. We had such a fun time and Jordan was excellent! He shared some great info about the surroundings and answers all our questions. Highly recommend this for visitors that want to see some beautiful scenery and get some lovely pictures. We we’re pleased to see some wild horses during our trip as well! It was an excellent trip!

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May 18, 2022

Definitely exceeded my expectations! Weather was perfect (mid-October). Saw lots of wildlife, including wild horses at three different spots. Scenery is wonderful. Drinks and snacks were generously offered. Water was calm most of the way, a little rough in a couple spots but nothing crazy. One thing worth noting, I have a bad back and sitting on the edge of the raft was fairly painful for me. The guide was willing to stop at a couple spots for me to get a break which I really appreciated. Would definitely recommend and would probably do the same trip again.

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October 15, 2021

Product ID: 240097