Water activity

Phoenix & Scottsdale: Lower Salt River Kayaking Tour

4.9 / 5

7 reviews

Activity provider: REI Co-op Experiences

Phoenix & Scottsdale: Lower Salt River Kayaking Tour

Activity provider: REI Co-op Experiences
Likely to sell out

From US$ 170 per person

Likely to sell out

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.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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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

  • Beginning February 9, 2022, this tour will require all guests to produce proof of Covid vaccination, or a verified negative Covid test within 72 hours of tour departure, along with a photo ID to participate. Photo ID will not be required for minor participants. Inability to produce vaccination status and photo ID will result in that guest's dismissal from the tour
  • 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

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4.9 /5

based on 7 reviews

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It was amazing!!! Worth it. So beautiful.

July 16, 2022

We had a wonderful time kayaking. The guides were knowledgeable, and did an outstanding job. The drive to the river & setting things up was seamless. Highly recommend this tour.

May 3, 2022

April 19, 2022

Product ID: 243827