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Salt River Kayaking Trip

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Mesa, United States
Salt River Kayaking Trip

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

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Overview

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
Gratuities
Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch , 13020 N Bush Hwy, Mesa, AZ 85215, USA
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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.
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Salt River Kayaking Trip?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Salt River Kayaking Trip.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Salt River Kayaking Trip?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Salt River Kayaking Trip.

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  • "Would definitely recommend this trip to all ages - no previous kayaking experience needed." See review
  • "Check in was easy, the quick review of how to kayak was thorough and fun." See review

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star-5
A Perfect Day to Kayak
Courtney_J
, Aug 2022
It was a beautiful start, very quiet & the view was amazing, the wild horses in the river were amazing to see. Agree with reviews about the tubers in the 2nd half of the river as they are not as quiet but just out having a good time. We were still able to weave through them.
star-5
The BEST.
Aleene_E
, Aug 2022
From the views to the employees, this experience was one of the most memorable, epic, and fun things I’ve ever done! You won’t regret it- DO THIS!
star-5
Lazy on the salt river
Andrea_M
, Jul 2022
So many wild horses and the views along the river are just beautiful. Perfect for family and friends or just solo .
star-5
Beautiful kayak ride with lots of wildlife spotting!
Janae_D
, Jul 2022
This experience was incredible and worth every penny! We saw so much wild life (wild horses, a boar, a beaver, birds). The mountain scenery was gorgeous. Easy drive from Scottsdale. Driving directions were straight forward. Water was cool and refreshing. Logistics, communication, etc went well with the host. This is your sign to BOOK IT!
star-5
Best Teams Tour
Anke_E
, Jul 2022
Wonderfull tour !!! Everything was perfect organized- we enjoyed the great nature and had much fun...Thank you again
star-4
Refreshing
Joe_R
, Jul 2022
Seeing wild horses was cool. First part of river is beautiful through the canyons. Things get crazy about 1/3 way down with tubers. If you want more peaceful journey, don’t go on a weekend
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Best Day of my trip so far
Stacy_P
, Jul 2022
The wild horses along the river bank were just amazing. Wear the life jacket even thou you will want to take it off. There are some rougher waters in a couple areas but not too bad. Navigating around the Rafters was a challenge so I recommend going early morning and Mon - Fri if possible.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Family Trip
Greg_P
, Jul 2022
Great experience with the family. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Definitely one of the highlights of our trip.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for bringing the family out for some fun in the sun! We hope to see you here again soon. Thank you for the review and the rating!
star-3
Not a peaceful paddle
Matthew_B
, Jul 2022
A pretty easy paddle great scenery and wild horses but if you want a quiet paddle in nature this one is not that. The party scene along the river from the tubing is pretty crazy
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We always recommend our guests to come on a weekday or earlier in the mornings to avoid the tubing crowd. We appreciate you coming and sharing your experience with us.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Memorable experience
Lauren_G
, Jul 2022
The user friendly experience. The staff and their flow The beauty freedom the flow of the river and the energy around you. Smiling down the entire river
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
What a sweet review! Thank you for coming out to spend some time with us and sharing your joy. We appreciate the review and rating!
star-5
Do IT!
Scott_B
, Jul 2022
Great time and a very fun adventure! We told the 2 hour trip, but plan on doing it again for the 4 hour, plus add more people.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We would love to see you here again! So happy you enjoyed your trip, thank you for the review and rating.
star-5
Amazing experience!
antgoody78
, Jul 2022
From the fun safety review, to the fantastic views of the mountains, wildlife and wild horses, every moment was great. This trip is wonderful for a family with teens!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for coming out to enjoy our hidden gem, thank you for the review and the rating!
star-5
So worth it!
rebecca_s
, Jul 2022
Just enough rapids & speed, but slow enough to enjoy scenery! We loved seeing the horses too! Staff was courteous and helpful.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for coming to spend your afternoon with us/ We appreciate your review and the rating and we hope to see you here another time!
star-5
Kayak Life
Tiffany_W
, Jun 2022
A great experience and very informative for first timers. Definitely stay focused so you won’t end up in the river.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your 5 stars and the review! We hope to see you here again, and thank you for coming to spend some fun in the sun with us.
star-5
I went by myself, was...
Alex_B
, Jun 2022
I went by myself, was such a great experience. Even though i went alone, youre with a group so it made the experience that much better. The sites were so beautiful.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
So glad you could out and enjoy a few hours with us to relax and connect with nature. We appreciate your review and rating!
star-5
Could've done with a few...
Sam_H
, Jun 2022
Could've done with a few less floaters("spring breakers") but once you paddled last you got to enjoy the scenery without the alcohol infused ruckus. Saw 6 wild horses (in the water) and plenty of birds. Instructors were professional and helpful. Make sure you read online directions for parking or you won't find it Would return on a weekday
star-5
Great day with the family! Highly recommended
Danny_F
, Jun 2022
Nice seeing all the scenery, great staff, getting to the place is tricky ;) definitely recommend this as part of your trip
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you so much for the 5 stars and review! We hope to see you here again another time to expierence more desert fun.
star-5
Awesome
Kathi_W
, Jun 2022
The beauty of nature from the water perspective. The cliffs and wildlife were amazing especially the wild horses
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for coming out to expierence the river with us. We appreciate your review and rating!
star-4
Overall great experience
Jennifer_J
, Jun 2022
I wasn’t able to add photos but we saw several wild horses which was awesome! Our only complaint was some parts of the river had a bad smell from natural causes and/or other people smoking weed… kind of took away from the experiencing nature part of the trip but overall great trip!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you so much for coming out to spend some time on the Salt River with us. We do recommend our guests to go earlier in the morning and on a weekday if they can to avoid the crowds and all their smells they have to offer. We appreciate your review and rating and hope to see you again!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Experience
Celeste_C
, Jun 2022
The scenery was beautiful. It was a very relaxing ride. We even came across some horses and sheep in the water.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you so much for the review and for the rating! We hope to see you again for more adventures.

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