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Saguaro Lake Stand Up Paddleboarding

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Activity
Stand Up Paddleboarding
Destination
ArizonaPhoenix, AZScottsdale, AZ
Tour Length
Half-Day
Guide Type
Guided
Skill Level
Beginner & Advanced

SUP Tours take place on Saguaro Lake and on the Salt River near Phoenix.

Get ready to walk on water! Join us and experience the desert from a thrilling new perspective while on the deck of a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP).

Our guided paddle board tour features the excitement and ease of paddling a SUP. Our tours take place either at Saguaro Lake or the Lower Salt River and explore the beautiful, one of a kind riparian zones of the Sonoran Desert. This is the perfect playground to discover the natural history, flora, and fauna found in this oasis in the desert or to simply learn and practice proper SUP techniques. Paddling a SUP is a great activity for the whole family, allows a full-body workout, and provides the opportunity to witness incredible views of the mountains and wildlife.

This company is the very reason my husband and I chose to vacation in Arizona. We love stand up paddle boarding and what a neat experience to SUP down the Salt River in the Desert!Past Guest

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • Professional safety-certified SUP guide
  • Bottled water & snacks
  • SUP, 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 kayaking 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

Rates

  • 1 Person $ 250 pp 250
  • 2-3 People $ 125 pp 125
  • 4 or more $ 100 pp 100
  • Groups of 13+ Call to inquire

Book 4+ and get 20% off

Days & Times

Tour Days

Tours run Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

Departure Times

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

All of our guided SUP tours take place near Phoenix on Saguaro Lake or the Lower Salt River in the Tonto National Forest.

The Salt River is a Class I river (the easiest rating on the international scale of river difficulty) and provides some of the best wildlife and bird watching opportunities in the Southwest.  Water temperatures are in the 60s in the winter and rise to low 80s in the summer months. Swimming is possible year‐round, but the water may be chilly in January!

Tours typically last about 4 hours and are available on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday mornings and commence at AOA’s office in North Scottsdale. AOA transports all equipment to and from the river and provides water and snacks for the duration of the tour.

Our guided SUP tour is a perfect introduction to stand up paddling. A SUP is similar to a surf board and allows for a standing/paddling form of on-water recreation and touring. On this tour, we learn the basics of launching and landing, techniques for balancing, kneeling and standing, and how to turn and navigate on gentle water. We’ll also have a great opportunity to learn about the amazing ecosystem of a desert river, and see some of flora and fauna which make this such a unique habitat. This tour is appropriate for anyone with good physical fitness, a willingness to learn a new skill, and a modest sense of adventure.

Advanced Tours

Please inquire about advanced tours over the phone, may be subject to an additional fee. For guests who are already experienced with standing, kneeling, and turning a SUP, this excursion will travel down river, negotiating turns in moderate river currents, and avoiding natural obstacles along the way. Guests should be comfortable moving between standing and kneeling positions on their board upon direction from the guide.