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Salt River Kayaking Trip

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Mesa, United States

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


The Tonto National Forest is the largest in Arizona and the Lower Salt River runs right through its heart. On this tour, admire the natural scenery from the water on a thrilling kayaking excursion. Set out from Saguaro Lake, paddle along the Salt River, and look out for native wildlife, including the park’s herd of wild horses.
  • Spectacular views of Tonto National Forest from the water
  • Incredible wildlife sightings including the Salt River wild horses
  • No kayaking experience necessary: full instruction provided
  • Choice of tour departure times throughout the day
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Transport by air-conditioned shuttle

Departure Point

13020 N Bush Hwy, Mesa, AZ 85215, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Maximum weight is 275 lbs
  • No tandems available
  • Dress to be in the heat and to get wet!
  • Participant must be comfortable with an unguided river excursion
  • Must sign a waiver prior to arrival (will be emailed to you after booking)
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Saguaro Lake Ranch, Inc.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Salt River Kayaking Trip?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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  • "Would definitely recommend this trip to all ages - no previous kayaking experience needed." See review


558 Reviews

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Incredible experience!
, Jun 2021
The scenery was absolutely beautiful! The trip took me about an hour and fifty minutes to complete. It was great kayaking and getting to experience the small rapids. I also met some really cool people while going down the river. It was a great workout, too! I’d definitely go again.
Perfect Time
, Jun 2021
We had an absolute blast. All of the employees were amazing! The directions about the river weee clear and helpful. We will definitely be going back!!
Best part of my trip to Phoenix by far
, Jun 2021
Very well accommodating. Make sure u listen to their directions and instructions because it is unguided. Stat with the group!!
Family trip
, Jun 2021
Had lots of fun. We were a party of 9 and we all had a blast. The kiyaks were well maintained.The only issue is that there was no guide. We found it difficult to find the correct exit on the river.
, Jun 2021
A great time with amazing views staff made the trip accessible for all experience levels. My favorite part was watching the wild mustangs drink from the river as we paddled past. This was trip to remember!
Fun Experience.
, Jun 2021
Scenery at the beginning was amazing. I liked going down the little rapids because I didn’t have to do much work. We encountered a lot of people on tubes so I had to do a lot of work dodging them. Hoping to see more horses 🐴. Only saw 1 at the beginning and a family at the end. But overall, it was a fun experience and I definitely would recommend it.
Enjoyable experience
, Jun 2021
Beautiful scenery. Cold water/ warm air. Relaxing experience. Great service. A lot different from Florida. Don’t miss it!
Great experience, great staff. This company is still figuring out the kinks.
, Jun 2021
-The guy in the orange hat was amazing! -The trip down the river was perfect! -The guy with the orange hat was very informative about how to navigate the river and the best things to look for. -Checked in a couple minutes late and was told we missed our group. (Had to wait for the next group) -The van was late to pick us up for 30 min. We had to call them before they sent anyone to pick us up. Definitely not a normal thing.
, Jun 2021
The kids and I had an amazing experience kayaking. The scenery was everything. Josh was very patient in getting me comfortable with the paddle. Would definitely recommend. Even for beginners like us, we still had a memorable experience.
First kayaking experience
, Jun 2021
It was helpful that the ranch sent several email reminders with instructions and directions ahead of time. Our group went down to the river right on time, and the crew was helpful and patient with those of us who had no kayaking experience. The van at the end of the river trip was on time, had plenty of cold water, and towels to sit on in the van. It was definitely worth the money - we had a great time!

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