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The very popular tubing area near Phoenix, known as the Lower Salt River Recreational Area; begins immediately below the Stewart Mountain Dam at Saguaro Lake, and then continues down to the Granite Reef Dam in Maricopa County. From there it runs down to the Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Arizona. It is a run of about 12.5 miles. The current is typically very gentle on this flatwater section of the Salt River. The elevations on the river run from about 1,400 feet at Saguaro Lake Resort to 1,310 feet at Granite Reef.

This part of the Salt River flows through the southern part of Tonto national Forest, including the Salt River Indian Reservation located near Fort McDowell. This part of the river is just a few miles north of the Greater Phoenix Area and is easily accessible to use as a day trip for tubers; and paddlers in canoes, kayaks and on rafts. It is not uncommon to see several people on tubes that are strapped together, enjoying a cold drink on the river.

For those interested in the scenery, you will see many of the plants and flowers of the Sonoran Desert, many birds of prey, and occasionally a few other small animals. The area is home to nesting bald eagles, egrets, herons, and ospreys. There are also coyotes, foxes, mountain lions, and occasionally herds of horses from the local Fort McDowell Reservation.

Estimated Floating Times:

Saguaro Lake Ranch to Water Users 1/2 hr.

Water Users to Blue Point Bridge 1 1/2 hrs.

Blue Point Bridge to Goldfield 2 1/2 hrs.

Goldfield to Phon D Sutton 1 1/2 hrs.

Phon D Sutton to Tuber's Landing 2 1/2 hrs.

Granite reef rec site is as far as you can go down the river.

Camping / Picnicking: Camping is allowed at Water Users, Coon Bluff, Goldfield and Phon D. Sutton. The fee is $9-$11 per site. You can picnic and fish all along the river, including Granite Reef Dam.

For tubers there is a commercial tubing and shuttle service that offers bus rides from the lower end of the area up to just below Saguaro Lake. Contact Them For More Information.

Salt River Tubing Recreational & Shuttle Services:
(480) 984-3305
9200 N Bush Highway
Mesa, AZ 85215

GETTING THERE:
RIVER-ACCESS POINTS (RAP) LOCATIONS:

From Mesa, travel east for 7 miles on Superstition Freeway (US 60) to Power Road/Bush Hwy/Forest Road (FR) 204 and turn north.

The following recreation sites are accessible from the Bush Hwy:

Granite Reef RAP:

Follow the Bush Highway for 7 miles to the site. This is the first site next to the river coming from the west on Bush Highway; it is the last point to leave the river if you are coming down the river.
Facilities: Picnic tables/grills

Tubersí Landing RAP (bus stop #6):

Follow the Bush Highway for 7.2 miles to this RAP (a short distance beyond the Granite Reef RAP).
Facilities: None

Phon D Sutton RAP (bus stop #5):

Follow the Bush Highway for 9 miles to Forest Road (FR) 169, turn north (left). Follow FR 169 one mile to the site
Facilities: Picnic tables/grills

Coon Bluff RAP:

Follow the Bush Highway for 10 miles. Turn north (left) on Forest Road (FR) 204E and follow it for a mile to the site.
Facilities: Picnic tables/grills

Goldfield RAP (bus stop #4):

Follow the Bush Highway for 11 miles to Forest Road (FR) 204A and turn left. Follow FR 204A for one mile to the site.
Facilities: Toilets

Foxtail RAP:

Follow the Bush Highway for 12 miles to the RAP.
Facilities: None

Blue Point RAP (bus stop #2):

Follow the Bush Highway for 13 miles to the site.
Facilities: Picnic tables and toilets

Water Users RAP (bus stop #1):

Follow thr Bush Highway for 15 miles to the site.
Facilities: Toilets

Saguaro Lake Ranch RAP:

Follow the Bush Highway for 15.5 miles to the resort.

For More Information: Contact the Mesa Ranger Station, (Tonto National Forest) about permits.
5140 East Ingram Street
Mesa, AZ 85205
Phone: 480-610-3300
Phone: 602-236-5929
Fax: 480-610-3346

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If you are planning to visit Salt River Canyon. And if you are coming from outside of Arizona, you could fly into Phoenix, Arizona and then rent a car.

There are many hotels and motels in both areas and if you need a place to stay; Priceline.com can arrange that for you.

We have some links to Priceline.com on this page since they can arrange all of your air flights, hotels and car.

In addition, you may need to purchase some outdoor camping gear and clothing.

We also have some links to Altrec.com on this page since they are a good online source for any outdoor camping gear and clothing that you may need.

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