Lower Salt River Kayaking Tour

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Worry-Free Cancellation Policy
Activity
Kayaking
Destination
ArizonaPhoenix, AZScottsdale, AZ
Tour Length
Half-Day
Guide Type
Guided
Skill Level
​Beginner - Intermediate

Salt River kayaking tours are the perfect way to cool off on a warm day in Arizona’s desert. Most travelers to the area are surprised to find kayaking in Arizona, but this beautiful stretch of river is just a short drive from Phoenix. Spend a relaxing morning paddling along lush green riverbanks and towering red cliffs, keep alert for sightings of wild horses and bald eagles. Guided river kayak tours are scheduled to avoid crowds created by river tubing and are perfectly suited to take advantage of all the river has to offer, including refreshingly cool swimming and a unique perspective on the desert. AOA kayaks every section of the river from Saguaro Lake to Granite Reef, the chosen section varies day to day depending on the river’s water level.

The kayak tour gave us phenomenal views of the river and the surrounding Indian reservation and mountain landscape. We had such a great time and if we ever make it back to this area, we will definitely return for another tour!Priscilla

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • Professional safety-certified river guide
  • Bottled water & snacks
  • Inflatable double kayak, paddles PFD (life jacket), dry bags
  • Roundtrip Transportation
  • National Forest entry fees

What to Bring

Clothing

Comfortable, weather appropriate athletic clothing – shorts and a t-shirt, bathing suit, on cooler mornings long sleeves are advised. We recommend bringing a dry change of clothes for after your rafting trip.

Water shoes/sandals/old sneakers

These must stay on your feet at all times – sport sandals only please. Flip flops or bare feet are not allowed.

Miscellaneous

Sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, lip balm, medications, hat, etc.

Upgrades + Additions

Hotel/Residence Pick Up

$125 per group – inquire over the phone

Private Tour

$200 per group. No other parties may add to your tour. We can schedule private tours any day of the week.

Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (7.95%).

Rates

2018 Rates

  • 1 Person $ 290 pp 290
  • 2-3 People $ 145 pp 145
  • 4 or more $ 116 pp 116
  • Groups of 13+ Call to inquire

*Minimum 2 people per tour

*Minimum 2 people per tour

Book 4+ and get 20% off

Days & Times

Tour Days

Tours run Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

Departure Times

Tours depart at 8am, 1pm
Activity duration: 2-3 hours

Itinerary

On the Day of Your Tour

You will meet at our office in North Scottsdale a few minutes before your scheduled tour time.

Once you’ve booked a tour you will receive a booking confirmation email with details on the time and date of your tour, where to meet, the cancellation policy, a receipt of your tour purchase, and requests from us if we need additional information.

You can expect to be with another group on your kayak tour unless you have booked a private tour.

Advance reservations are required. Guest contact information and a valid credit card are required to hold a reservation.

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About this Tour:

Pilot your own craft down the beginner‐friendly Lower Salt River on one of AOA’s guided kayak tours.

This area is a short drive from Phoenix and Scottsdale. Our inflatable kayaks are stable and easy to maneuver, creating the perfect platform for splashing, relaxing, or wildlife viewing. The river is an indispensable oasis in the vast Sonoran Desert, attracting a multitude of birds and wildlife – we often see wild horses and bald eagles during our tour! Take time to appreciate the surrounding mountain peaks, giant saguaro cactus, and flora unique to the river ecosystem. Your guides are always available to teach you the natural history of the area and give you expert paddling instruction.

All of our regularly scheduled kayak tours take place on the Lower Salt River in the Tonto National Forest. The Lower Salt River is scenic, Class I (the easiest rating on the international river difficulty scale), and provides some of the best opportunities for viewing wildlife and bird watching in the Southwest. We have a number of put‐in/take‐out locations and select our launch locations based on the current water flow to provide you with the best experience. Water temperatures vary from the 60s in the winter to low 80s in the summer months. Swimming is possible year‐round but it can be a bit bracing in January!

All tours depart from the AOA office in north Scottsdale and travel 35 minutes to our tour location east of the metro area. If you are staying in the east valley, please call our office if you would like to meet at an alternate location of greater convenience.

 

Pilot your own craft down the beginner‐friendly Lower Salt River on one of AOA’s guided kayak tours.

This area is a short drive from Phoenix and Scottsdale. Our inflatable kayaks are stable and easy to maneuver, creating the perfect platform for splashing, relaxing, or wildlife viewing. The river is an indispensable oasis in the vast Sonoran Desert, attracting a multitude of birds and wildlife – we often see wild horses and bald eagles during our tour! Take time to appreciate the surrounding mountain peaks, giant saguaro cactus, and flora unique to the river ecosystem. Your guides are always available to teach you the natural history of the area and give you expert paddling instruction.

All of our regularly scheduled kayak tours take place on the Lower Salt River in the Tonto National Forest. The Lower Salt River is scenic, Class I (the easiest rating on the international river difficulty scale), and provides some of the best opportunities for viewing wildlife and bird watching in the Southwest. We have a number of put‐in/take‐out locations and select our launch locations based on the current water flow to provide you with the best experience. Water temperatures vary from the 60s in the winter to low 80s in the summer months. Swimming is possible year‐round but it can be a bit bracing in January!

All tours depart from the AOA office in north Scottsdale and travel 35 minutes to our tour location east of the metro area. If you are staying in the east valley, please call our office if you would like to meet at an alternate location of greater convenience.