Paddling the Salt River

Annually, between May and October, a paddling opportunity arises along a 7 mile stretch of the Salt River, a perfect escape from the summer heat. Between years 300 and 1450, Eastern Arizona’s Salt River Valley was used as farm irrigation by the Hohokam tribe for a hand-constructed canal system that was believed to serve almost 50,000 people. Today‚Äôs ripple-laden waters allow paddlers to linger just long enough to appreciate the flow of the passing scenery. A leisurly float on the Lower Salt offers encounters with local wildlife, including the occasional wild horse sightings along with a variety of other creatures like docile trout, coy deer and chattering birds. Get away from it all on this super fun, easy outing.