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Explore the magnificence of the Upper Salt River in Gila County Arizona! This remote, wilderness canyon is mostly only accessible by raft, not road.


By day, experience world-class whitewater (Class I, II, III, and IV rapids) amidst intriguing geology, desert wildflowers, incredible multi-armed saguaros, soaring eagles, and ruins.


By night, experience the serenity of the glow and crackling of the campfire, delicious food, and sleeping under millions of stars.


If you have the luxury of time, you will relish each day’s experience, exploring side hikes up canyons and relaxing in the inaccessible section of the river.



Tonto Basin to Roosevelt Lake to Globe




It’s easy to see how the Salt earned its moniker of the “Little Grand Canyon.”  Its awe-inspiring views are a treasure to Arizona and Gila County. During your tubing adventure, you will experience the huge splashes and the pure excitement of the Upper Salt River on a route that features world-class rapids with the biggest thrills. Put paddle to water and navigate class II-IV rapids while marveling at the expansive scenery of the high Sonoran Desert.

Meet a professional rafting guide and go over the safety fundamentals before climbing into a whitewater raft on the Upper Salt River. Push off into the rapids and learn to navigate every churning twist and turn as the 5 miles (km) of adventure fly past.

Learn tips to improve your rafting skills from a professional raft guide. Enjoy the convenience of included gear—wetsuits, river shoes, and splash jackets are all taken care of. Savor each rapid's individual charm as you get to know "Kiss and Tell," "Bump and Grind," and even "Grumman"—a cast of watery characters you'll not soon forget.



Live the Thrill of Your Rafting Adventure

  • Exciting class II-IV rapids suitable for all skill levels

  • Included gear such as wetsuits, splash jackets & river shoes

  • Professional & experienced raft guide leads the whole tour

  • Popular rapids like “Kiss & Tell” & “Grumman” provide a thrill

  • Exclusive time spent along a private beach down the river



  • Choose A Guided rafting tour

  • Get A Wetsuit, splash jacket, river shoes, helmet, and life jacket

  • Live tour commentary provided in English

  • Brief orientation

Know Before You Book


  • Children 7 and younger are not allowed.

  • You must weigh at least 50 pounds (22.7 kg).

  • If you are pregnant, you may not take part.

  • At least two people are required for this activity to take place.

  • You do not need previous rafting experience.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Check-in is 45 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.



Available Rafting Tour Companies 


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