Salt River Tubing In Arizona Is Officially Open And Here's What You Need To Know
There’s only one way to enjoy the longest float trip in Arizona this summer, and that’s by renting a tube from Salt River Tubing. You can leisurely meander on the water for up to four hours, perhaps even catching a glimpse of the iconic Salt River horses along the way. Here’s everything you need to know:
Have you floated the Salt River yet this season? If so, how was the trip? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below, then check out our previous article for more on the majestic Salt River Horses.
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What are the best natural lazy rivers in Arizona?
The most popular answer is also the most obvious: the Salt River, situated in the east-central part of the state, is by far the most beloved (and arguably the “best”) natural lazy river in Arizona. It is such a beloved pastime among the locals that it’s become a steadfast annual tradition; oftentimes in the summer your friends will ask if you have any plans to tube the river this summer, and usually, your answer is going to be yes. Another lesser-appreciated lazy river in Arizona is the Colorado River, or, well, parts of it, anyway. Believe it or not, Arizona is a desert but it’s not entirely barren – there are all sorts of water access out here, including rivers perfect for tubing.
When does the Salt River open for tubing?
Every year, the legendary Salt River in Arizona opens for tubing adventures galore. Typically, the Salt River opens for tubing at the end of April, and the season sticks around until the end of September. One may visit the official website for the most up-to-date details about Salt River Tubing in Arizona no matter what time of year it is. The start and end dates tend to change just a little bit each season, so be sure to check ahead of time if you’re planning a late-season float in Arizona.
What should I bring along when tubing the Salt River?
There are two things you must bring no matter WHAT: plentiful water, and plentiful sunblock. We all know that guy who tubed the river in Arizona and came back with the worst sunburn of his life, and sunburns can lead to cancer in extreme cases. The heat is another major factor in injuries sustained on the river, with all too many folks coming down with heatstroke thanks to bringing little to no water. There is little shade on the river, so bringing an umbrella is also wise, and you should also make sure you have water shoes – you're likely to lose sandals on the river. Some folks bring radios along, and a lot of people make it a party on the river every year, so prepare for fun!