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Rolling on the Salt River

World Class Rafting in Arizona

By Anne Groebner

There is world-class whitewater rafting right in our backyard. The Salt River, located at the “Gateway to the White Mountains” at the bottom of the Salt River Canyon, is one of Arizona’s best-kept secrets. Unlike Salt River Tubing, which is located in Mesa, this is the real deal when it comes to class one- to class five-rated whitewater rapids. It is nestled between the White Mountain Apache Reservation and the San Carlos Apache Reservation and extends through the Salt River Canyon Wilderness, a 32,101-acre wilderness area located within the Tonto National Forest. To avid rafters, it is a destination that is high on their list of rapids to conquer and, according to Joe Greiner, owner of Wilderness Aware Rafting out of Colorado, it is the best rafting between California and Colorado.


Wilderness Aware Rafting (WA) is one of only four commercial rafting companies that own permits on the Salt River and provide raft guiding services to the public. Each year, starting in March, Greiner and his crew from Colorado load up a caravan and haul rafting gear and equipment to Arizona and set up camp along the Salt River. It begins their short season of rafting...


Kayak Sunrise Lake

Sunrise Lake is located behind the Sunrise Park Lodge and has a marina that offers boat rentals. Not only do they have kayaks, but they rent motor boats, peddle boats and row boats.

The Lodge offers dining and weekend lodging. Call 928-735-7669 or go to sunriseskipark.com

for more information

Junctions of AZ Route 260 and AZ Route 273. 12 miles wet of Greer.

Canoe or Kayak

Show Low Lake

Located on Show Low Lake Road,

between Summit Hospital and Walmart, Show Low Lake is a great place to canoe or kayak. Managed by Recreation Resource Management of America, it offers EZ camping. Just bring your sleeping bag and they willtake care of the rest!

For more information got to:


or call 888-537-7762

Canoe & Kayak Rentals

at Fool Hollow Lake

Some of the most beautiful kayaking and canoing can be done at Fool Hollow Recreation Area.

The Park offers year-round camping, fishing, picnicking, boating and wildlife viewing opportunities.

For camping information go to


Canoe and Kayak rentals are offered by J & T's Wildlifeoutdoors. They also offer paddle board rentals, bait/fishing supplies, snacks and drinks.

for more information on rentals go to


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