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TONTO NATIONAL FOREST - MESA, ARIZONA

FLOAT TIMES

All times are estimates (Water flow can change daily)

TOP HALF Points ① – ② ~ 2 Hours*
BOTTOM HALF Points ② – ④ ~ 2.5 Hours*
FULL TRIP Points ① – ④ ~ 4.5 Hours*

*Top Half cuts off at 12PM daily*

Click here for a Map of the river!

PRICING

Tube Rental | $25

Bucket Tube | $20

Shuttle Pass (Personal Tube) | $20

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COOL OFF THIS SUMMER WITH SALT RIVER TUBING!

We are the best destination for tubing in Salt River in Mesa, Arizona.  Bring your friends and family to the beautiful Tonto National Forest and enjoy some fun in the sun!  Floating down the Salt River is an Arizona tradition that you can’t miss. Book online today!

HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Book online (We can adjust your booking during check in if something isn’t right)
  2. Check-in for your booking at our building
  3. Take a bus to the river
  4. Float, relax, and have a blast!
  5. At the end, a bus will pick you up and take you back to our building!

UPCOMING EVENTS

ROCKIN’ RODEO

SATURDAY – MAY 11, 2024

SRT IS SADDLING UP all of the buses for our Rockin’ Rodeo! Our 19th annual rodeo event kicks off our tubing season themed events. Grab your favorite cowboy hat and tube down the river with us! Pony up at our photo station to snap some photos for the day!

SALT RIVER PIRATES

SATURDAY – JUNE 8, 2024

AHOY THERE, MATEY! Set sail down the Salt River with SRT and cool down during the hot summer. This event marks the USDA’s National Get Outdoors Day. We implore all lads and lassies to get out doors and explore! All recreation sites during this event are free to park to encourage more outdoor activity! Can’t wait to see you seadogs out on the waters!

SUPER HEROES SPLASHDOWN

SATURDAY – JUNE 22, 2024

“WHERE IS MY SUPER SUIT?!” Super Heroes Splashdown is the number one stop for all things heroic! Splashdown is a perfect time to get the kids outside and enjoy the summer while it’s here. SRT partners with USDA’s “More Teens in the Woods” initiative, helping more teens and children find their love for outdoor activities! (Hidden identities will not be revealed)

SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN

SATURDAY – JULY 20, 2024

BEWARE!! Spooky Scary Skeletons have been known to tube these waters! Come dressed in your best Halloween costume and receive a FREE BUCKET TUBE. Take pictures with our spooktacular team and get some pictures to share with friends!

MEGA HAWAIIAN HULA

SATURDAY – AUGUST 3, 2024

ALOHA! The summer is hot and the water is cold! We are all ohana on the river- make it a day of relaxation and fun on the salt. SRT’s Hawaiian Hula marks another “More Teens in the Woods” event day. Bring the kids out and enjoy a hot summer day on the water!

MARDI GRAS MAGIC

SATURDAY – AUGUST 17, 2024

SRT INVITES YOU to float down the river while wearing purple, green and gold! Grab your free bandana at the window before heading out on the river and enjoy the scenic peaks during your float. Tag us in all your social posts for a chance to be featured in our story!

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Possible Trip Routes

*Float Times Change Daily*

① – ② Top Half (Shortest)
② – ④ Bottom Half
① – ④ Full Trip (Longest)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ENJOY THE THRILL OF SALT RIVER TUBING!

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Easily one of the best experiences of my life. I was visiting my best friend and this is some thing I will never forget. Absolutely worth it, do the longest day trip possible if you can. We were lucky enough to see wild horses, a longhorn cow and a bald eagle. Can’t wait to come back, their customer service is awesome and it’s so convenient. Best trip ever.

– Alex V. | Google Reviews
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This was a great experience, got to see several groups of wild horses eating along the river. It’s peaceful, refreshing and chill ride with beautiful views. Temperature was 115 degrees that day but I stayed refreshed by splashing water on myself 😅

– Sarai G. | Google Reviews
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What a discovery. I was there for work and was recommended to go tubing if I had some leisure time, well I did. Water was cool, relaxing and it counteracted the hot 110 degree sun. We did the 5hour tube ride. Lots to look at including the wild horses and mountains. Seems to be the spot to go on the weekends because it was packed. There was also a nice spot to stop to do some cliff diving. I will definitely visit again if I’m the area. Even as busy as it was we were able to get a shuttle almost immediately. They have a snack bar in case you forgot something to bring tubing. It’s hot so bring plenty to drink

– Todd L. | Google Reviews
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My friends and I did I believe the 2.5 hour float. This was my second time tubing on the salt river and I must say, this was so much fun! The water was cold and felt refreshing from the harsh sun. Make sure to bring lots of water and reapply sunscreen multiple times, especially your feet. Must do thing if you live in Phoenix or even visiting. The site is very informative and make sure to watch the guide video too. Be safe out there!

– J B | Google Reviews
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This was so much fun! Staff is friendly & helpful. I went by myself. I took a small cooler, beach towel & a paddle. Rented a tube & bucket float. The paddle helped me stay in the middle of the river. Towel was to protect bare skin from black tube, but I didn't need it. Cooler fit great in the bucket. Saw some of the mustangs. I planned for 3 hrs, but it only took 2.

– Lynn B. | Google Reviews
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This rental place was amazing! The tubes are easy to carry to the bus and the ride to the water is quick and easy. They provide tubs for your cooler that has a bucket inside of it to protect your items. The float was sooo easy and gorgeous.

– Bri K. | Google Reviews
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I haven't been tubing in about 2 decades, and they've made some pretty good changes. It's still free parking, and if you need to rent a tube, they will move the tubes for you at the actual entrance of the river. This was a cool change, so you're not lugging your tube on and off the bus. We also went during their mardi gras day, and they handed out some colored bandanas. Nice touch! Overall, everyone was really nice, and I'm glad they kept the river clean as well as had security and police on patrol, which was nice to see. Their bus system was definitely improved as it wasn't crowded at all being shuttled to and from the river points.

– Daniel W. | Yelp
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Significantly better process this year! You get your tubes at the river, so you no longer have to lug them onto the bus with you. There are also new buses. The wait time each trip was less than 10 minutes! Last year we waited over an hour to get back. Prices have gone up, now at $25 each, but I think it's well worth it given the improvements.

– Kaelyn G. | Yelp