Salt River
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This river, which flows through the Phoenix area, offers boating, tubing and whitewater rafting opportunities.
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eves0411
Brookfield, CT5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Couples
Absolutely the best time. Facility extremely efficient, friendly and helpful. We drove 2 1/2 hours to get there and it was well worth the trip. We loved every moment of drifting down the river with the beautiful scenery. The highlight was watching the wild horses come within 20 feet of you to eat and drink. Very relaxing. At times there were small rapids making us laugh like children again. All of the guests on the river were super nice, which made the trip even better. This is a definite MUST DO!
Written 13 July 2023
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Mark B
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
A hidden gem out in the desert. A wonderful place to be, the Salt on a hot day. Enjoy the cool waters and see the wild horses, the Mustangs as they wander the desert and the river banks.
Written 6 April 2023
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WHD
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Beautiful scenery, close enough to Phoenix to do a short loop. Lots of places to stop for photos, walks, hikes. The desert plants are so green right now!
Written 23 February 2023
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Grim128
pa670 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
The salt river is a great place to enjoy the desert. We got to see to small herds of wild horses. There is a picnic area at Coon Bluff along with camping. There are also restrooms there. Lots of area to walk and hike looking for the horses or just enjoy the river and beautiful scenery.
Written 27 January 2022
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new to travel
Phoenix, AZ2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Friends
Watch out for exit 4 especially ladies. The water flows fast. I was in the middle of the river struggling to paddle left towards exit. I missed the exit , i tried to stand up, let go of my tube, the river pulled me away from the exit, i couldn't hold on to the rocks, people were watching not willing to help.

Luckily one guy came towards me and helped me stand in the water and reach the shore.

If not for him saving me at that point, i would have been pulled by the river, and wait for a calm spot to swim and reach shore and walk long way back to the exit.

Get out of the exit as early as possible. Even though the sign says this is not an exit. Why do they keep this is not an exit sign, right next to the exit sign. Please be serious manager
Written 19 September 2021
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Janet M
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Went to Phon Sutton parking area walked a while along the river. Saw the wild horses grazing on the river. Lots of kayaks swimmers. Peaceful beautiful. Litter along the way was bothersome in this beautiful area. Definitely worth the visit. Bring bathing suit towel. Restroom in parking area
Written 29 August 2021
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WanderingWithUsTwo
Phoenix, AZ796 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2020
The Salt River is a large river in Arizona that stretches through Maricopa and Gila county. It is a popular location to visit for many locals looking to cool off during the summer months. People generally will utilize the river and surrounding areas for tubing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and camping. Considering how rare it is to find large bodies of water here, it is also common to find many animals nearby. Because of the water supply and local vegetation this is by far one of the best places to spot wild horses. Oftentimes during the early mornings and evenings you will see herds of horses grazing along the riverbed and wading through the river. There are also nearby lakes that also offer desert landscapes and more opportunities for socializing and boating as well. Along the way via Bush Highway you can also find several trails to hike and use for OHVs or mountain biking with views of the Red Mountains and Four Peaks in the distance. There are several places to stop along the way that are free as well as designated recreation areas but be aware of costs associated with day-use permits. Overall, this is a great place to come by and cool off or just admire the stark contrast of water with the surrounding desert landscape!
- @wanderingwithustwo
Written 2 August 2020
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Donna O
Saint Louis, MO144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The river and dessert scenery are beautiful. Easy to walk because there’s no underbrush. Took a while, but we found the wild mustangs grazing. Remember to buy your park pass before you leave the city!
Written 25 January 2020
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Matt B
Gilbert, Arizona8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018
We love to go visit at Coon Bluff, some cool quick hikes next to the river, plenty of places to cross or play.
Written 9 July 2018
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Rich B
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018
The Salt River runs through the Tonto National Forest and is one of my favorite spots in Arizona! There are multiple recreation areas where you can stop (buy a Tonto Pass so you don't get a ticket) and then hike along the river. I've been fortunate enough to see the wild horses there on many occasions, as well as some bald eagles and coyotes. It's an amazing area that is peaceful and really allows you to connect to nature.
Written 29 April 2018
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