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Arizona whitewater, Salt River

Gila county, Highway 60 to Mescal Rapid section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     7 miles
  The Highway 60 to Mescal Rapid section of Salt River is 7 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Arizona are often tougher than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. The starting point is not too far from Payson, as you can see on the road map further down. If you're a camper you can
    camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. Whitewater paddling here in the Mogollon Rim Mountains is a great
experience. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with not too many other rivers for that. The scenic beauty of Gila County and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. This stretch is mid length, you can easily run it on an afternoon. There arenít any hotels right nearby but  
if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
Mule Hoof Bend is an out of the ordinary site to visit while at Salt River, and close by Phillips Canyon is a glorious place to go. Yeah, come up here to the Mogollon Rim Mountains for a glorious time. The beauty of mother nature reveals herself at Mormon Spring. Through the summer at Salt River highs are generally in the 90's while overnight lows are frequently in the 50's. Daytime highs during the winter are in the 50's with temperatures at Salt River dipping down into the 20's all through winter nights.

Salt River, Highway 60 to Mescal Rapid 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, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Highway 60 to Mescal Rapid)
Salt River, Gila County, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV - 60 miles long (Route 60 to Roosevelt Reservoir)
Salt River, Gila County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 19 miles long (Gleason Flats to Horseshoe Bend)
 Ski Areas Near Salt River:
Sunrise Park, Arizona , 67 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 65 runs
Mount Lemmon Ski Valley, Arizona , 80 miles away, 950 foot drop, 3 lifts, 18 runs
 Hotels Near Salt River:
Best Western Copper Hills Inn, Globe , 29 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites GLOBE, Globe , 29 miles away
Days Inn Globe, Globe , 29 miles away
Knights Inn Globe, Globe , 30 miles away
Travelodge Globe AZ, Globe , 31 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Salt River:
Salt River Canyon - Mother Rock, Cibecue, 1 miles away
Salt River Canyon - Grumman, Cibecue, 1 miles away
Mule Hoof Campground, Gila County, 1 miles away
 Public Lands Near Salt River:
Tonto National Monument, Roosevelt - AZ , 35 miles away
 Lakes Near Salt River
Seneca Lake, Gila , 3 miles away

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