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Arizona whitewater, Salt River

Gila county, Route 60 to Roosevelt Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     60 miles
Most of this river runs through the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation. (... ) It is very important because you MUST buy a permit from the tribe to run this river. This river is navigable only from March-May, and very occasionally they will open it again for August. It is only to be run by experienced river runners, due to the big rapids which go up to Class IV. If you don't know whether you are an experienced river runner, then you don't
    belong there. There are commercial companies who will take you on a rafting trip for about $130. It's a lot of fun, it's an all-day trip, includes a good lunch. This is what I would recommend for the tourist. Some of the
companies that run trips are raftthesalt. Com, Canyon Rio, In A Raft, Wilderness Aware Rafting. Again, this is only in March and April, sometimes into May.

You can't enter this property or drive the dirt road along the river without a permit. You can't camp or fish without a permit. The tribe will give you a ticket and might also confiscate your gear! You need to get a permit!
Says Elizabeth

This section of Salt River in
Gila County is 60 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-IV section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Arizona is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Route 60 to Roosevelt Reservoir section is just one of them.

Salt River, Route 60 to Roosevelt Reservoir road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Salt River.
 Whitewater Near Salt River:
Salt River, Gila County, 4 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, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Highway 60 to Mescal Rapid)
 Ski Areas Near Salt River:
Mount Lemmon Ski Valley, Arizona , 73 miles away, 950 foot drop, 3 lifts, 18 runs
Sunrise Park, Arizona , 82 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 65 runs
 Hotels Near Salt River:
Travelodge Globe AZ, Globe , 19 miles away
Best Western Copper Hills Inn, Globe , 19 miles away
Days Inn Globe, Globe , 19 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites GLOBE, Globe , 19 miles away
Knights Inn Globe, Globe , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Salt River:
Salt River Canyon - Upper Corral, Globe, 1 miles away
Salt River Canyon - Mile 26.2, Globe, 1 miles away
Salt River Canyon - Mile 27.6, 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 , 13 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 , 70 miles away
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Arizona , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Salt River:
Cobre Valley Country Club, Miami , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Salt River
Seneca Lake, Gila , 16 miles away

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