Half-Day Rafting Tour

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ArizonaPhoenix, AZScottsdale, AZ
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All Levels

Float down the Lower Salt River on our guided rafting trips and discover a scenic and relaxing desert oasis just outside Phoenix. Swim and water fight or just relax on the river and soak in the scenery ‐ our most family friendly activity has options to please everyone. This tour is NOT white water rafting but rather a casual float trip that provides an unique perspective on the Sonoran Desert. A little paddling is required, but your guide will steer the boat and provide fascinating information about the surrounding Sonoran Desert. A reliable source of water, the Salt River attracts a variety of wildlife, making it common for us to enjoy close encounters with animals in their natural habitat.

If you are looking for a Grand Canyon Rafting trip, we recommend Arizona River Runners.

A wonderful two hours spent paddling down the Salt River in an inflatable raft. Lots of beautiful landscape, wildlife and free-roaming horses to see. I just wanted to do it again!Guy

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • Professional safety-certified rafting guide
  • Bottled water & snacks
  • Raft, paddles, PFD (life jacket), dry bags
  • National Forest entry fees

What to Bring


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.


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

Upgrades + Additions

Hotel/Residence Pick Up

$250 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 (8.05%).


  • 1 Person $ 340 pp 340
  • 2-3 People $ 170 pp 170
  • 4 or more $ 136 pp 136
  • Groups of 13+ Call to inquire

Tours, rentals, and add-ons may be subject to sales tax at the local rate.

Days & Times

Tour Days

Tours run Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

Departure Times

Tours depart at 8:30am and 1:30pm
Activity duration: 2-3 hours


All of our regularly scheduled guided Salt River rafting trips take place near Phoenix on the Lower Salt River in the Tonto National Forest.

The Salt River is scenic, Class I (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 flow on the river varies seasonally, based on this we choose from a number of put‐in/take‐out locations in order to ensure our guests the best river rafting experience. 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 can last about 2-4 hours depending on the river’s flow. Rafting tours are available on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings and commence at 7:30am at our office in North Scottsdale and travel 35 minutes to our tour location just outside the eastern metro area. We transport all equipment to and from the river and provides water and snacks for the duration of the tour. Light paddling is required, but your experienced rafting guide will do most of the work! This is a fun thing to do for couples, friends, or families visiting Arizona. All tours meet at the tour location.

This guided tour is operated under permit of Desert Voyagers in the Tonto National Forest.