Tubing down the Salt River is an Arizona tradition. Salt River Tubing (Salt River Recreation) is the company that most people use to tube on the Lower Salt River. Here's the short version: You park your vehicle, take a bus to a higher elevation of the river, rent inner tubes, and float down the river. Families, adventure groups, college students--all kinds of people from all walks of life join this floating party.
When can I go Salt River Tubing?
In 2014 the season opens on April 26th and 27th. Beginning May 1 Salt River Tubing will be open seven days per week through Labor Day. Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. After Labor Day, tubing is usually offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of September. Call the hotline to verify the schedule for September.
There isn't always enough water in the Salt River to go tubing. The Lower Salt River, where most people go tubing in the Phoenix area, does not have much whitewater (and sometimes not much water at all) except during periods of dam release. River flow is controlled by releases from Saguaro Lake. Most people go tubing on the Salt River between May and September. It can take anywhere from 2 to 6 hours to tube the Salt River, depending on where you launch, where you stop, and how the water's flowing.
Where is Salt River Tubing?
Salt River Tubing is located at the Salt River Recreation Area. Here's a map and directions to Salt River Tubing.
How much does it cost?
Salt River Tubing and Recreation runs shuttle buses from various parking points that are downriver to several launching points. There's a charge for using the bus. The company also rents inner tubes, and has snacks and supplies available for purchase. Tube rentals are available 7 days per week starting at 9 a.m. Bring one valid driver license that must be left as a deposit for each 5 tubes rented. The price for one tube rental with bus ride is $17 which includes tax (2014). Cash only. There is a discount if you bring your own tubes.
Salt River Tubing does not own the Salt River Recreation Area, so if you buy your own tubes, and have two cars such that you can park one down river, and then drive everyone up to the point at which you want to start (and then drive back to get the car later) you don't have to utilize Salt River Tubing's services. Note: Salt River Tubing will not inflate your tube for you if it isn't one of theirs.
Are discounts available?
During the summer keep your eye on Taco Bell restaurants. They will sometimes do promotions with Salt River Tubing.
What else should I know?
Children must be at least 8 years old and at least four feet tall to utilize the services of Salt River Tubing. If you've never gone before there are plenty of things to know first, to ensure that you'll have a good time. Go to the next page to see the tips and FAQ.
What if I have more questions?
For more information, contact the Salt River Tubing at 480-984-3305 or visit Salt River Tubing online .
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.