MIDDLE CANYON OF THE SALT RIVER

Middle Canyon Map

GLEASON FLAT TO HORSESHOE BEND

Whitewater adventurers will find a dynamic display of geologic formations and life-giving water as they descend into the Middle Canyon from the Upper Canyon of the Salt River.

Entering the remote Salt Canyon Wilderness Area, Giant Saguaro, Barrel, and Hedgehog cactus greet you with a display of flailing arms and prickle spines. Wildflowers are abundant from the spring rains in a mosaic of color, texture, and smells.

But don’t get caught up smelling the flowers, the Middle Canyon holds solid Class III-IV rapids including Black Rock, The Maze, and the infamous Quartzite Falls.

Private permits are required from March 1st to May 15, and group size is limited to 15.

From the Middle Canyon, white water enthusiasts will be greeted by the incredible scenery and thrilling rapids of the Lower Canyon.

A printer-friendly, souvenir-quality version of this map is great to bring along when visiting us.

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Rafting Trips Through the Middle Canyon

2-Day

Tackle the entire Salt River Wilderness on our fast-paced 2-Day Salt River Expedition trip! Requiring intense paddling and teamwork, travel 42 miles through the extremely remote Salt River Wilderness. View giant saguaro cacti and hillsides blanketed with colorful desert wildflowers.
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3-Day

Raft 46 miles of challenging rapids and camp on remote riverside beaches on this 3-day adventure in the Salt River Wilderness. With no shortage of exciting whitewater, raft through some of the oldest exposed rocks in the world, and explore narrow side canyons leading to oasis-like habitats.
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4-Day

Get away into the remote and stunning Salt River Wilderness, tackle white knuckling white water and enjoy the desert beauty on this 51 mile, 4-day journey. Each day explore new and challenging rapids and side hikes to remote Indian ruins or lush canyons. Our most popular wilderness trip!
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5-Day

Treat yourself to a hidden gem by exploring every aspect of the Salt River Wilderness on this truly amazing 5-day getaway. Floating at a relaxed pace over 51 miles, view scenic, ecological and geological treasures on one of the premier white water wilderness trips in the West.
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