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Tonto National Forest
Mesa Ranger District: 480-610-3300
Salt River Recreation: 480-984-3305
Cool off in the summer by floating down the Salt River east of Mesa. Salt River Recreation rents inner tubes and provides a shuttle bus to get you back to your starting point.
Call 480-984-3305 for further details, times and prices. The season runs from early May to the end of September. The shuttle stops at five places along the river providing you with a choice of float durations of 1&1/2 hours to all day fun.
· An extra tube can carry a cooler of refreshments for an all day
float but be sure not to bring glass bottles.
· Weekends obviously are the busiest when the river turns into
one big party.
· The sun reflecting off the water can be brutal so bring AND use
plenty of sunscreen, hats long sleeved shirts and possibly
even light pants for the shore.
· Tennis or water shoes that tie should be considered for
walking out onto the river as rocky surfaces and debris hurt
bare feet. Flip-flops can easily be lost leaving you without
protection for your feet.
· Life jackets are a good idea and necessary for children. New
updated models are more fashionable these days and come in
handy if you fall off your tube.
East on US 60 - to Ellsworth then north over Usery Pass, which continues to Salt River Recreation.
Camping is $9-$11 per site at Water Users, Coon Bluff, Goldfield and Phon D. Sutton. Picnic and fish all along the river, including Granite Reef Dam.
Salt River Recreation
Tubing the Lower Salt River is a cool way to spend a hot summer's day. Salt River Recreation provides tube rental and shuttle bus service for $13. If you have your own tube, the bus ticket is $10. Salt River Rec. is open May-Sept., 7 days a week, beginning at 9 a.m. Life vests recommended, tennis shoes or other footwear a must, and children must be 8 year or older.
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