Salt River Rafting
The Salt River glistens with spring runoff from the White Mountains, offering some of the best Class III and IV whitewater rapids in Arizona. Our experts will guide you around boulders, over gaping holes, and through waves. Between rapids, you’ll marvel at the canyon’s geology and unique natural beauty, characterized by blooming saguaro cacti, soaring hawks and bald eagles, and ancient canyon walls. The mystical power of the Salt River Canyon’s granite gorges, roaring rapids, and brilliant wildflowers is unsurpassed... no wonder this canyon is known as the “Jewel of the Desert.”
Canyon Rio Rafting is committed to providing you with an exceptional white water Salt River rafting experience—the most courteous and knowledgeable guides, the freshest food, and the best gear.
Paddle Raft or Oar Boat: Your Choice
Although most people prefer the excitement of running the river in a guided paddle raft, you can also ride as a passenger in an oar boat. To paddle, you must be at least 8 years old and able to swim.
Late Season “Adventure Floats”
Folks who are extra spirited and athletic can paddle the river in an inflatable kayak. These kayak trips start in May, when river flows drop to lower levels.
ABOUT OUR TRIPS
Because of the overwhelming popularity and limited season of this river, space on our whitewater trips is limited. Therefore, we adhere closely to our cancellation and rescheduling policy.
You’ll begin the day by meeting us at the river, where you check in, sign the Apache roster, and get your safety and cold-weather gear. After all participants have arrived, your trip leader will explain safety precautions and guidelines. You’ll then be ready for a day of excitement and beauty in the Salt River Canyon!
If you're short on time, but big on adventure, try our two-day trip. This 22 mile trip is chock full of Class III and Class IV white water rapids. Relax around the campfire before retiring for the evening under Arizona's bright stars. Don't forget to bring your harmonica and ghost stories!
Multi-day wilderness trips take you through lots of exhilarating rapids. Once you pass “Salt Banks”—the mineral springs that gave this river its name—you leave behind the thrill-seeking crowds and enter the pristine wilderness of the Salt River Canyon. If you spend 5 days with us, you’ll have time to explore spectacular side canyons like the granite, water-carved mazes of Stone Creek and the refreshing waterfall in Walnut Creek. We camp on sandy beaches, surrounded by oak-juniper woodlands, saguaros, and cottonwood trees. Most camps lie along tributaries, where you can hike and explore the relics of ancient peoples or enjoy the desert in bloom.
Our multi-day trips include gourmet meals (starting with lunch on the first day, ending with lunch on the last day). Schedules vary depending on the number of companies entering the wilderness section on a given day. Trip size is limited to 13 clients.