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FULL-DAY Rafting Trip

Conquer Class III-IV rapids, hike hidden canyons, and savor riverside fajitas on our Full-Day Upper Salt River trip. An unforgettable Arizona adventure awaits!

Conquer Class III-IV rapids, hike hidden canyons, and savor riverside fajitas on our Full-Day Upper Salt River trip. An unforgettable Arizona adventure awaits!
Starting at
Per Person
  • 10:00 am departure
  • March – May, water levels permitting
  • 10 miles
  • Beginner/Intermediate, class III-IV rapids
  • 8 years old and up
  • Hot fajita lunch included!
  • Meets at the river, 45 minutes north of Globe, Arizona
  • “Sprint” version available that departs at 11:30 AM


One Day White Water Rafting in Arizona

Dive into an epic one-day Arizona white water rafting trip filled with the class III-IV rapids of the picturesque Upper Salt River Canyon. Maneuver around Mule Hoof Bend, conquering challenging rapids like Maytag, Grumman, and Overboard.

Navigate the scenic Narrows, where your expert guide unveils the vibrant wildflowers decorating volcanic cliffs. Challenge yourself with Exhibition’s exhilarating waves and the notorious Mescal Falls. Our journey goes beyond rapids, offering a side canyon hike to a hidden waterfall—a true exploration of Arizona’s wonders.

Fuel up with a riverside lunch featuring sizzling hot fajitas, curated to perfection. With fun and knowledgeable guides, create unforgettable memories in the heart of the wilderness. This unique Arizona escape is just a swift drive from Phoenix and Tucson. Book your full-day Salt River trip now!


  • Adult: $175
  • Youth (8-12): $170

Price listed includes transfers back to your vehicle, wetsuits, water shoes and splash jackets when necessary. Price listed does not include land and water access fees (9%) or Apache Permit Fee ($30/person).

What To Look Forward to:

  • Fresh, hot fajita lunch prepared by your guides riverside – meat and vegetable options available
  • Class III-IV rapids, with one of the biggest coming at the end of the day
  • Enjoy the solitude and magnificence of the Upper Salt River Canyon throughout this five hour excursion
  • Experience this unique opportunity for white water rafting during the springtime instead of waiting for summer

Choose your option

Full-Day w/ Lunch

Our standard full-day trip with a hot fajita lunch. Trips depart at their normal time of 10:00am.

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Full-Day “Sprint”

Sleep in. Skip lunch. And focus on the rapids. Our full-day sprint departs at 11:30am. (Sun-Fri only)

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Is cold water gear necessary?

It depends on the weather! All gear is included in the cost of the trip, so you can make a decision based on your guides’ recommendations at the office. To get an idea of weather and river conditions, you can check our Salt River water flow page. For additional information regarding what to pack, visit our full-day trip packing list.

Are any meals included?

There will be a hot steak, chicken and veggie fajita lunch for you in the middle of the tour.

What does Arizona Rafting provide?

All trips provide a splash jacket, wetsuit, wetsuit booties, comfortable changing facilities, a professional guide in every raft, lifejacket, helmet, paddle and transportation back to your car at the end of the trip. The Full-Day trip also provides a hot fajita lunch. The Full-Day Sprint trip does not provide lunch. 

Where do we meet for the trip?

Your trip will meet in the Salt River Canyon at the junction of Highway 60 and the river between Highway Mile Markers 292 and 293.

What should we bring?

We recommend bringing a swimming suit and/or shorts, sunglasses with a securing strap, a fleece jacket or synthetic insulating layer for colder days, a hat or visor (to be worn under your helmet), waterproof sunscreen, lip balm with SPF 15+, suitable footwear like tennis shoes, water shoes, or secure sandals (no flip-flops or Crocs), cash for souvenirs and tipping your guide, a water bottle, and a change of clothes with a towel for after the trip.

Pro tip: Do NOT wear cotton on the river— it can make you colder!

What is your cancellation and rescheduling policy?

Cancellation Policy (NON-discounted reservations): If your group or any person in your group cancels more than 14 days before the trip’s check-in time, a full refund will be provided. If cancellations are made within 14 days, no refund will be provided for any reason.

Cancellation Policy (DISCOUNTED reservations): If your reservation has a discount applied and you wish to cancel, you will not receive a refund. You may reschedule or receive a trip credit (digital gift card code).

Cancellation Insurance: Cancellation Insurance is available for 7.5% of the trip cost. Insurance purchased for individuals is non-transferable.  If purchased, a refund would be provided minus an additional 7.5% cancellation fee up to 72 hours prior to check-in time.  Anything cancelled less than 72 hours, but at least 24 hours in advance would receive a non-refundable gift certificate valid for one calendar year from the date of cancellation. Cancellations made within 24 hours are not eligible for a refund for any reason. Guests who opt out of Cancellation Insurance are subject to the 14-day Cancellation Policy.

Rescheduling Policy: Guests are able to reschedule up to 14 days before their trip if necessary. If insurance is purchased, day trips can be rescheduled with 24 hours’ notice and multi-days with 5 days’ notice.  Trips can only be rescheduled one time. Once rescheduled, the trip becomes non-refundable.

Water Policy: Arizona Rafting reserves the right to modify or cancel your trip due to extremely high or low water conditions.  We will give you as much notice as possible of conditions that may affect your scheduled trip. If Arizona Rafting cancels your trip, a full refund will be provided.

When should we arrive?

It is your responsibility to arrive for your trip on time—typically 30-60 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time. To provide our guests with the best possible customer service, we attempt to launch our trips on time. We operate in a remote location with a small staff. If you are late, it is possible that your trip will have launched and no one will be in the office. We will not wait for late arrivals.

Due to the extraordinary logistics and limited seating on our trips, we cannot offer full or partial refunds for any reason. Please plan your travel times accordingly.

What is your weather policy?

Arizona Rafting trips run rain or shine. Daytime highs in the Sonoran Desert are typically mild with highs ranging from 65 to 90 degrees. Chances of rain or late season cold front necessitate planning for a full range of weather conditions. We will not cancel or cut trips short due to rain and/or thunderstorm conditions (including lightning). Wetsuits are available when you check in if the weather is cool or the water levels are high.

Can we bring alcoholic beverages?

Drugs or alcohol are not to be consumed before or during your trip. This includes marijuana. Marijuana remains illegal on White Mountain Apache Tribal Lands and US Forest Service Federal Land. No refund will be given to those drinking alcohol or using drugs prior to the trip. On multi-day camping and rafting trips, alcohol may be consumed while at camp. Please remember that rafting trips operate in a very remote area with difficult access for emergencies. Try to avoid glass containers.

Can I participate if pregnant?

We do not allow guests who are pregnant to participate in rafting. The safety of you and your bun in the oven is our top priority.

Will I receive a safety orientation prior to my trip?

Prior to boarding your raft, you will receive a complete safety orientation.

Is it appropriate to tip my guide?

Tipping is appropriate, particularly if you have received exceptional customer service. Our guides are high quality service workers. A tip of 10 – 15 percent per guest is customary.

We always appreciate hearing from you so that we can recognize extraordinary customer service, and we also appreciate hearing from you if you feel that there are areas that we can improve upon. We strive to exceed your expectations!

I cannot swim. Can I still go rafting?

Many of our participants cannot swim. We provide U.S. Coast Guard-approved Type V personal flotation devices designed to float you face-up in whitewater. Personal flotation devices are required to be worn at all times.

Do I need to wear a helmet?

Helmets are required and provided by Arizona Rafting.

Can I bring anything along with me on the raft?

Each raft is equipped with a waterproof bag for any small items you may need during the day.

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?

We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. We just ask that you give us at least 3 days’ notice to prepare for them. Noting dietary restrictions and allergies at the time of booking is preferred.

How long will it take to drive to Arizona Rafting?

To get an idea of how long the drive takes, click here to see the distance to Arizona Rafting from cities in Arizona. Please visit our directions page for additional information and meeting points.


Each trip on the Salt River has slightly different meeting times and equipment needs. Below are links to pre-trip information, including packing lists, for each of the trips we offer on the Salt River. These pages also have maps to help guide you to the meeting point.

Was the water dangerous? Yes it was. Did I feel safe with my crew? Yes I did. With a snug life jacket you are about as likely to drown as a cork is to sink. My crew was fun and there were many laughs. Our guide was well educated and informative. The fajita lunch was great and enough to keep me full all day. I’ll definitely be doing this again next year!
- Keith S
Arizona Rafting Guest


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