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What better way to beat the Arizona heat than in the cool waters of the Lower Salt River? Kayak out into the beautiful wilderness of the Tonto National Forest. Keep your eyes peeled for native, desert wildlife. On the Granite Reef float, you’ll witness the confluence of the Salt and Verde Rivers and the majestic Red Mountain.

The sit-on-top kayaks are very stable and easy to maneuver; after a 15-minute orientation, even beginners will feel safe and comfortable in the water. This self-guided float is the most convenient way to kayak the Lower Salt River. Park your car at Saguaro Lake Ranch — no Tonto Pass required — and launch from a private kayak beach. Enjoy the 4.5-hour float. At the end of the route, staff will be waiting to gather the kayaks as you board an air-conditioned van and return to the ranch.



Float down the Salt River below thousand-foot cliffs and beside majestic Saguaro Cacti in the Sonoran Desert
Keep your eyes open for wild horses, deer, great blue herons, osprey, bald eagles, river otters, and other native wildlife
Hop on a sit-on-top kayak, perfect even for beginners



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