Water activity

Phoenix & Scottsdale: Lower Salt River Kayaking Tour

4.9 / 5

11 reviews

Activity provider: REI Co-op Experiences
Water activity

Phoenix & Scottsdale: Lower Salt River Kayaking Tour

Activity provider: REI Co-op Experiences

From US$ 170 per person

Spend a relaxing morning paddling along lush green riverbanks and towering red cliffs. Keep alert for sightings of wild horses and bald eagles, and take advantage of all the river has to offer. This is a very mild float, there are no rapids.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide


  • Kayak through a desert oasis at the Lower Salt River in the Sonoran Desert
  • Experience a guided tour and marvel at the natural beauty around you
  • Cool off with a dip in the water, swimmable all year round
  • Look for sights like wild horses, bald eagles, and more wildlife
  • Enjoy an adventure that's a great workout for all skill levels
Full description
Experience the adventure of a lifetime in a desert oasis as you take a guided kayak tour through Salt River. This lush stretch of water is only a short drive from Phoenix. Spend your morning paddling along green riverbanks, and marvel at towering red cliffs. Don't forget to look for wild horses, bald eagles, and other desert wildlife along the way. Avoid crowds and take advantage of all the natural beauty the river has to offer. Enjoy a swim in the cool waters, and see the desert as you've never seen it before. This unique experience is perfect for all skill levels, and for groups, individuals, and families.
  • Professional safety-certified river guide
  • Bottled water & snacks
  • Inflatable double kayak, paddles PFD (life jacket), dry bags
  • Roundtrip transportation
  • National Forest entry fees
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Meeting point

• Look for signs for the Canal/Hawes Trailhead Park and Ride. There are two entrances; one at the light on N. Power Rd and E Preston St. and one 0.1miles north on Power Rd. • Look for the REI van towards the north end of the lot. Please arrive early.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Sandals or flip flops

Know before you go

  • Advance reservations are required and can only be confirmed with receipt of guest contact information and a valid credit card. Final payment is due in advance of the tour
  • There is no charge for cancellations made more than 48 hours before departure time. Cancellations made less than 48 hours from departure time will be charged in full
  • Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a change of clothes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 11 reviews

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The guides were great. Super personable and very knowledgeable about the terrain, land marks and everything about the trip. The only things that made the trip not perfect was the switch in location due to flooding in the river and the number of people in the group. Even though there was about one guide for every five kayakers it was still a large group. Even with that being said I’m hoping to do the river trip sometime in the future.

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March 21, 2023

January 23, 2023

Anthony was amazing. He gave great instructions and was a pleasure to kayak with!

September 14, 2022

Product ID: 243827