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Raft down a beginner‐friendly river with AOA’s guided raft tours on the Lower Salt River just outside Phoenix and Scottsdale. This class I river (the easiest rating on the international river difficulty scale) provides some of the best opportunities for viewing wildlife and bird watching in the Southwest. We often see wild horses and bald eagles during our tour! Your guides are available to teach you the natural history of the area and give you expert paddling instruction. We select our launch locations based on the current water flow to provide you with the best experience so our start and end points vary throughout the year. Water temperatures may range from approx. 60 degrees F in the winter to low 80 degrees in the summer months. Swimming is possible year‐round but it can be a bit bracing in January! All tours depart from the AOA office in north central Scottsdale and travel 35 minutes to our tour location just outside the eastern metro area. If you are staying in the east valley, please call our office if you would like to meet at an alternate location of greater convenience.
A wonderful experience, the guide was knowledgeable about the river and surroundings. I had the good fortune to see a herd of wild mustangs. These animals were so beautiful as were others we saw while on the river. A great experience to be had.
Date of experience: June 2019
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AOAadventures, Marketing Coordinator at Arizona Outback Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2019
Hey there, adventurer! Wow, it's not everyday you get to see some wild mustangs! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your time in Arizona, and on the river with us. We look forward to adventuring with you again soon- hopefully with some more wildlife!
Matt and Lindsey were awesome. My wife and I learned so much about the history of the area and the vegetation. We have done a lot of tours throughout the country and world for that matter; this was one of the best. They kept us...More
Noell and Linda were very informative about the Arizona landscape on the 30 min. Trip to the Lower Salt River. Once we got to the River both explained how the trip was going to flow and went over safety. Once on the water Noell stayed...More
Noel was a great tour guide on the water. Would highly recommend this adventure!!! We had a very relaxing afternoon on the river. The sites were beautiful and the people were friendly and knowledgeable!
We chose the beginner level of trip, but wish we would have gone next level up. Guide was great and gave us great info about the dams, river, and wild horses that we saw. Beautiful day and our four kids (2 teenagers) had so much...More