Kayaking & Paddle Boarding

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Kayaking the Scenic Lower Salt River: 

There is no better way to enjoy the cool water, escape the summer heat, and marvel at the beautiful wilderness that is the Tonto National Forest than to go kayaking on the Lower Salt River! Launching right here at the ranch you will paddle down the Salt River below thousand-foot cliffs and beside majestic saguaros in the Sonoran Desert. You could see wild horses, deer, great blue herons, osprey, bald eagles, and other native wildlife.  This is scenic float with just enough ripples to get you wet. You can choose to take the bypass or go through a class one rapids. Once you reach the trip exit point we shuttle you back to the ranch in an air conditioned van. *For more wildlife viewing and less river traffic book earlier morning trips.

Salt River/Foxtail Trip- $51-$57 plus tax Mesa Arizona 2 Hour Foxtail Trip

  • Two hour trip / Five miles & unguided on the Lower Salt River
  • Launch times vary. Click on book now button for availability
  • Min requirements 12 yrs & 4′ 6″ ft tall

Salt River/Granite Reef Trip- $80-$90 plus tax Mesa Arizona 4.5 Hour Granite Reef Trip

  • Four and half hour trip / Thirteen miles & unguided on the Lower Salt River
  • Launch times vary. Click on book now button to see availability
  • Min requirements 12 yrs & 4′ 6″ ft tall

Now Offering Paddle Boarding from the ranch!

Sit, stand, kneel, or even lay down. The options for experiencing the Lower Salt from our paddle boards are plentiful, and can be suited for all different types of outdoor enthusiasts. After receiving an orientation on safety and paddling, you’ll start your float right here at the ranch. You’ll be free to explore the unique river ecosystem, home to otters, wild horses, javelina, roadrunners, saguaros, vermilion flycatchers and so much more. Once you reach the trip exit point we shuttle you back to the ranch in an air conditioned van. *For more wildlife viewing and less river traffic book earlier morning trips.

Salt River/Foxtail Trip- $51-$57 plus tax Mesa Arizona 2 Hour Foxtail Trip

  • Not combinable with kayak trips
  • Two hour trip / Five miles & unguided on the Lower Salt River
  • Launch times vary. Click on book now button for availability
  • Min requirements 12 yrs & 4′ 6″ ft tall

SELF LAUNCH- For those wanting to launch their own kayak or paddle board at the ranch

Self Launch Reservation

  • Parking/launch reservation required for self launching option ($15 plus tax)
  • Number of water crafts to be verified and charged $5 plus tax for each at the time of check in
  • Does not include shuttle or ranch recreation area use
  • Launch hours 6:30 am to 11:30 am (no earlier or later launches available)
  • Limited number of launches available per day
  • Includes parking of one vehicle & no Tonto Pass needed
  • Parked vehicle must be off property by 5:00 p.m
  • Kayak or paddleboard only (NO rafts or tubes)

Reservation & Kayaking Information for Ranch Trips: 

  • Advance reservations are required.
  • Single kayaks only / NO doubles
  • Previous kayaking experience not required.
  • Kayaks have a 275 pound weight limit.
  • You will get wet, so wear appropriate attire and bring sun block!
  • No alcohol or glass permitted. Coolers will be inspected at launching.
  • Waivers are required to be signed prior to arrival.
  • Water shoes or tennis shoes highly recommended.
  • Dry bag or waterproof bag available for purchase to keep personal items dry.
  • Guests are responsible for their own belongings & car keys.
  • No pets/service dogs allowed on trips.
  • Bring water!
    Cancellation/Reschedule Policy: All cancellations & reschedules require 72 hours or more from the trip. Reservations made within 72 hours of trip are non-refundable. 

No Alcohol Allowed

Please note that bringing your own alcohol onto our launching site is prohibited by Arizona state liquor law regulating its licensees. All coolers will be inspected at time of launching. Glass containers of any kind are also prohibited per Tonto National Forest regulations.

Making Reservations:

Feel free to book from this webpage! If you have any questions about kayaking the Salt River or Saguaro Lake, please call us at 480-984-2194.

Groups (20-person minimum): We welcome groups at Saguaro Lake Ranch for kayaking, please call to book!

Kayaking on Saguaro Lake:  

Available Fall / Winter Season

Enjoy an athletic paddle on one of the most beautiful lakes of Arizona! Marvel the canyons and cliffsides of Saguaro Lake in your kayak and at your leisure. Before launching you will be provided with an orientation of basic safety and paddling instructions. After receiving suggestions on where to explore you can hit the water and go at your own pace paddling the coves and shorelines  of Saguaro Lake!

Canyon & Cliffside Kayaking on Saguaro Lake- $51-$57 plus tax

  • Unguided rental for two hours on Saguaro Lake
  • Mon-Sun. Launch times vary. Click on book now button for availability
  • Includes shuttle to the lake & return (total approximate trip time 2 1/2 hours)
  • Min age requirement 10 yrs & 4 ft tall

Tubing Information: HERE

Check the Salt River CFS here:

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