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Salt River Tubing Tonto National Forest

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Salt River Tubing
Salt River Recreation Area
Recreation Power Rd & Usery Pass Rd
Tonto National Forest
AZ
85207
Tel: 480-984-3305

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Salt River Tubing is at the Salt River Recreation Area, 15 miles north of U.S. 60 in the Tonto National Forest.

Where are we going today?

We invite you to spend the day tubing down the beautiful Salt River rapids in beautiful Tonto National Forrest near Mesa, Arizona. Children must be over 8 years old or four feet tall.
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    My husband and I along with our children, flew in from another country to spend our last week with our oldest son who will be leaving for boot camp with the US marines shortly. We rented a van (only my husband was registered to drive) and drove over an hour to the salt river recreation park on July 17 2014 at 12:50 pm. The plan was that he would drop off my 11 yr old daughter, 17 yr old son along with myself and pick us up at 7 pm. Upon arrival we were informed that because my husband and six yr old brought us and stepped foot on their property...Read More

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    Not a bad time at all. Really nice to spend all day on the water, and despite the fact that it was crowded, (Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend) we had no problems with parking or the hundreds or other people tubing down the river. Great bargain!

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    We love the dirty feces and the wrinkled titties! we go every year and so far we have never had a complaint. I have never seen feces like these other people say below but I have seen older women with there tits stretched down passed there belly buttons and they were proud, Ah well they were having fun and we will too because we are headed back tonight!!

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    I live in Canada, and have visited Tucson, and Phoenix many many times. I've been to kartchner caverns, Saguaro National Park, Colossal Cave, Kitt Peak, Bisbee Pride, UofA football games, and basketball games, hunted, desert museum, Music on the Mount at Mt. Lemon, climbed Rincon Mountain, Hoover Dam... Needless to day, Salt River Tubing is probably my favourite things to do in AZ. I go almost every time I visit.

    It's amazing! you pay an extremely reasonable fee, get a tube, get bused up the river, get dropped off, float down the river with all...Read More

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    So had my first tubing experience in life and it was here. The place itself is great for the goal of tubing down the river but I have a couple of gripes or cautionary tales. The first one is the somewhat rip off deal of paying full price only to be dropped off without warning at the halfway point.

    If you're not allowing renters and/or bus travellers the ability to partake of the WHOLE river then 1) There should only be a half price or at least discounted charge 2) There should be forewarning way ahead of abruptly being dropped off and told to...Read More

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by jessica gregoire

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My husband and I along with our children, flew in from another country to spend our last week with our oldest son who will be leaving for boot camp with the US marines shortly. We rented a van (only my husband was registered to drive) and drove over an hour to the salt river recreation park on July 17 2014 at 12:50 pm. The plan was that he would drop off my 11 yr old daughter, 17 yr old son along with myself and pick us up at 7 pm. Upon arrival we were informed that because my husband and six yr old brought us and stepped foot on their property we would not be allowed to tube. We stated that my daughter and husband were only dropping us off as we rented the van that only he could drive, but the senior staff rudely informed us that this was their policy and they were not going to change it. They were completely heartless, rude and offered no apology for the fact that their website had no mention of this policy. We will never know what fun we could have had but were very disappointed with the staffs response. At no place on their web site does it state that tubers will be denied if they are dropped off or have someone under 8 yrs old in their car on their property. Yes we knew she could not tube and had no plans of even having her stay. The staff were completely unworkable and even admitted that this is not stated anywhere on their web site. As bad as this is I would have appreciated them saying," We are sorry you drove all this way but come back tomorrow and ask for me and I will give you a deal as this was not your fault." This would have been true customer service even in a hard situation.

by Andrew Shepherd

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I live in Canada, and have visited Tucson, and Phoenix many many times. I've been to kartchner caverns, Saguaro National Park, Colossal Cave, Kitt Peak, Bisbee Pride, UofA football games, and basketball games, hunted, desert museum, Music on the Mount at Mt. Lemon, climbed Rincon Mountain, Hoover Dam... Needless to day, Salt River Tubing is probably my favourite things to do in AZ. I go almost every time I visit.

It's amazing! you pay an extremely reasonable fee, get a tube, get bused up the river, get dropped off, float down the river with all your friends... FOR 5 HOURS, and then they pick you up, AND give you a deposit back, for returning the tube in one piece, and then you can spend the left over money at Eegees, or In-n-Out!

I'm visiting AZ next week, for the week, and I am very excited to go salt river tubing. So much fun.

This is the thing I tell all my friend's about here in Canada to do if they are ever in AZ.

by Shawn Anomaly

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So had my first tubing experience in life and it was here. The place itself is great for the goal of tubing down the river but I have a couple of gripes or cautionary tales. The first one is the somewhat rip off deal of paying full price only to be dropped off without warning at the halfway point.

If you're not allowing renters and/or bus travellers the ability to partake of the WHOLE river then 1) There should only be a half price or at least discounted charge 2) There should be forewarning way ahead of abruptly being dropped off and told to get off.

The next problem I had was with the bus driver (besides not telling us we were only get taking to the halfway point which I blame her and the staff back at the loading area). When it was time to be abruptly thrown off the lady began to rush us to get our gear (not easy when you're dealing with inflatables trying to get through a narrow bus door.

Maybe they should allow folks to toss huge medium sized inflatables out the back door? Anyhow in her hurry she snatched our boat (what we were going to use to carry our gear) out of the door and tossed it out causing a gash to immediately deflate it and render it useless.

Of course she didn't own up to the event whatsoever but instead feigned cluelessness to how a just previously inflated boat all of a sudden received a gash upon YOUR handling of it out the door!

*Caution:
Do handle your own stuff out of the door, do not let them put their hands on it.
Be prepared to pay full price only to be surprised that you can only do half the river
Do bring something to paddle with...lord knows the currents can take you at times
You'd have a better time with inflatable rafts versus tubes IMHO!
Prepare to have things thrown at you from other groups all in good fun!

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