UPPER SALT RIVER IN GILA COUNTY, ARIZONA
Ah...the Salt River - Inspiring canyon vistas and heart pounding rapids have made the Upper Canyon of the Salt River the most popular day section in Arizona. You will be greeted with a shot of refreshing mountain water in rapids like Bump and Grind, Maytag Rapid, and Exhibition Rapid.
There is 60 miles of bouncing whitewater in a spectacular Sonoran Desert canyon. For gear-hauling rafts, a minimum flow is 1,200. The infamous rapid Quartzite is a solid class IV at most levels, but without the class V consequences that existed at high flows before it was illegally blasted.
A Wilderness permit is required from March 1st to May 15th. Normally a 3 or 4 day trip, the controlled wilderness section begins 20 miles downstream from Highway 60.
Other recreation activities include hiking, camping, fishing and other forms of boating.