Class I rafting on the Salt River outside Phoenix is a great way to see the destination’s most hidden treasures. Although it doesn’t provide the thrills of whitewater, flatwater rafting offers a great introduction to rafting in a scenic and relaxing desert oasis. In Arizona, the rivers are the desert’s lifeblood. They are utilized to regulate water throughout the state all year round to assure a plentiful water supply in the dry summer months. AOA offers class I flatwater raft tours on the Lower Salt River, just on the outskirts of Mesa, Arizona on the border of the Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Tonto National Forest. Along this stretch of river you will find groups of wild mustangs, blue heron, and majestic bald eagles. This wild and natural land has been an attraction to tourists and locals alike for decades.
Need more convincing? Read on for 5 reasons why getting your feet wet with Class I flatwater rafting is the best way to start your Sonoran Desert adventure.
Flatwater rafting on Arizona’s Salt River will deliver an ideal introduction to paddling and exploring. This trip offers impressive views of surrounding Sonoran Desert, including the beautiful Goldfield Mountains, iconic Red Mountain, and the famous Four Peaks. Trips run year round, but are best in the late spring and summer when the weather is warm and the river is at a higher water level. No experience is required and groups of all ages are welcome. Experience a part of Arizona that most travelers don’t see and float with our guides who are local experts on the area to get a taste of state forty-eight on the Salt.