Half-Day Lower Salt River Rafting Tour
Now that you’ve made it to the lovely desert oasis of Scottsdale here in Arizona, you may be looking for a fun, outdoor activity for the entire family—something that everyone can do, no matter their age, or fitness level. Here’s an idea: Take a guided Arizona rafting tour on the lower Salt River.
Arizona Outback Adventures (AOA) provides guided adventures for everyone across the southwest. They have an activity for every age bracket, every fitness level, and every outdoor interest. Lower Salt River rafting is rated class I – the easiest rating on the scale and perfect for beginner rafters and rafters of all ages!
Floating Down the River
Lazily drift down the Salt River through the Tonto National Forest while your guide takes care of steering the raft. And as you float down the river, your guide will teach your group about the indigenous flora and fauna that are unique to this area. Lower Salt River rafting is a great way to experience some of the different desert ecosystems at a casual pace, and if you’re lucky, you’ll see a herd of the wild horses that range in this area. This is a great trip for your family bird-watcher too; bald eagles, osprey, peregrine falcons, hawks, herons and egrets are among the many species that can be seen.
Swim a bit if the water is warm enough for you, or just sit back, relax and breathe in the beauty of the desert surrounding you. This is a great family or group outing. Take a half-day out of your trip to enjoy the desert and cool down a bit.
Getting on the Water with Lower Salt River Rafting
Your starting point will be based on the current river flow, and you’ll get a short talk on rafting and paddling safety before you start out. Your guide will outfit your group with life jackets and dry bags, as well as bottled water and snacks for the trip. Arizona rafting tours run on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays, departing at 8am and 1pm. Rates are $290/per person for singles, $145/per person for 2-3 people, $116/per person for 4 or more. Give them a call (1-866-455-1601) if you have a large group or questions.
Check the AOA website for up-to-date information, private tour info, a checklist of things to bring (and wear), and most importantly to book your trip! And take a look at their Facebook, Instagram or YouTube pages to get an idea of what you’ll be experiencing.