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Arizona whitewater, Salt River

Gila county, Gleason Flats to Horseshoe Bend section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     19 miles
  The Gleason Flats to Horseshoe Bend section of Salt River in Gila County is 19 miles long and is a class III-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Gila County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. The Mogollon Rim Mountains scenery is wonderful. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are not so many other good spots
    for that around here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Arizona tend to be more challenging than the national average, so don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. The starting location is a short drive
from Payson, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take  
your time, so pack your sleeping bag. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
The Coon Spring Trail is a good hiking trail in the vicinity of Salt River, and a short visit to Clay Spring is always worthwhile. All the outdoors amusing stuff in the Mogollon Rim Mountains will keep you coming back persistently. If the weather is pleasant here at Salt River, you can go for a hike along the Rim-Moody Point Trail; a spree to Salt River wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Hackberry Spring.

Salt River, Gleason Flats to Horseshoe Bend road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Salt River.
 Whitewater Near Salt River:
Salt River, Gila County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 19 miles long (Gleason Flats to Horseshoe Bend)
Salt River, Gila County, 17 miles away
      Class II-IV - 60 miles long (Route 60 to Roosevelt Reservoir)
Salt River, Gila County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Highway 60 to Mescal Rapid)
 Ski Areas Near Salt River:
Mount Lemmon Ski Valley, Arizona , 72 miles away, 950 foot drop, 3 lifts, 18 runs
Sunrise Park, Arizona , 83 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 65 runs
 Hotels Near Salt River:
Travelodge Globe AZ, Globe , 18 miles away
Best Western Copper Hills Inn, Globe , 18 miles away
Days Inn Globe, Globe , 18 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites GLOBE, Globe , 18 miles away
Knights Inn Globe, Globe , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Salt River:
Salt River Canyon - Upper Corral, Globe, 0 miles away
Salt River Canyon - Mile 28.7, Globe, 0 miles away
Salt River Canyon - Yankee Joe Canyon, Globe, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Salt River:
Rim-Moody Point Trail, Gila , 11 miles away, 8.5 hiking miles, 4992 feet elevation difference
Coon Spring Trail, Gila , 12 miles away, 4.7 hiking miles, 2692 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Salt River:
Tonto National Monument, Roosevelt - AZ , 19 miles away
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Coolidge - AZ , 68 miles away
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Arizona , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Salt River:
Cobre Valley Country Club, Miami , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Salt River
Seneca Lake, Gila , 17 miles away

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