Things to do in the Salt River Canyon near Phoenix, AZ

Gila County – Salt River Canyon:

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Camping in the Salt River Canyon

Camping is primitive, usually a pack it in and out, no facility situation.
River season gets portable toilets at campgrounds 1,2,3 and a dumpster at the put in
1st campground is just 300 yards off the highway and used mostly by private boaters
2nd campground 3 miles from the highway and is where the outfitters set up during the river season
3rd campground 3.5 miles from the highway and is nice, sandy, riverside, quiet
Cibecue Creek is 4 miles from the highway and is a nice place to camp and requires driving through the creek
Salt Draw is 5.5 miles from the highway and is a sweet, small tucked away spot near the river
Tequila Beach is 6 miles from the highway and is a sandy area on the river
Hoodoo R.A.P. 7 miles from the highway and should only be camped away from the river as it is a heavily used path to and from the river
Timber Camp is 13 miles south of the canyon in Ponderosa Pines

Things to do: Salt River Canyon rafting history and media stories

Media stories:
Unique Bucket List Ideas for Travel in the Southwest from Southwest Discoveries, Tucson, AZ
Canoe and Kayak Magazine story
Arizona Leisure – Salt River Canyon Rafting
California Creeks Mile by Mile Photos and Descriptions of the Upper Salt River
Earthly Musings Mile by Mile Photos and Descriptions of the Upper Salt River
Rivers and Oceans Mile by Mile Photos and Descriptions of the Upper Salt River
Camp Arizona writes about Arizona Rafting
Proposed Dam North Fork White River (
History of the Salt River by the Environmental Defense Fund

History of the demolition of Quartzite Falls on the Salt River
10.15.94 Eight Are Accused of Demolishing Rapids (New York Times)

12.12.94 The River Mild (LA Times)
4.18.96 Cry me a river, how an outfitter lost his permit on the Salt River (Phoenix New Times)
1.11.01 Kristen Atwell’s excellent 20 minute video documentary on the destruction of Quartzite Falls

Links to friends in Arizona

Best Western Copper Hills, Globe, AZ.
Drift Inn Saloon since 1902 in Globe, AZ.
Los Robertos Mexican Food soul food in Globe, AZ.
Pickle Barrel Trading Post a must visit in Globe, AZ.
Arizona Backpacking Club

3rd Party Friends & Listings

V.I.P. Adventure Travel custom Yellowstone tours by Rowan Laing.
One Stop Outfitters Your one stop shop for outdoor adventures, like us!
Guide Loop a nation wide service to find the best in the business, like us!
Lacartes is a global trip adviser type site
UK Weather Forecast UK trip adviser type site
Tourist Inspiration find inspiration for your next get away
Inspirock Inspiration to see the planet
Tempe, AZ Tourism Discover this great city and the awesome things surrounding it

Links to friends of Salt River Rafting

Sierra Rescue 3 the best swift-water and wilderness first aid training available
Silverton Powdercats powder skiing on Molas pass, Durango,CO.
4 CornersRiversports raft and kayak supplies in Durango, CO.

Salt River Rafting forecast command center and algorithmic inputs!

Current level Upper Salt River at the put in
Forecast Salt flows from the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center
Forecast for all Colorado River Basins
Forecast Salt flows from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration
Current level Black River
Current level White River
Salt River Watershed Monitor of all Gauges affecting the Upper Salt River
Snotel Ineractive Map
Snotel graphs by drainage
Hannagan Meadow Gauge
Baldy Gauge
NOAA forecast for Greer, AZ (White Mtns)
Unisys weather pilots depend on
Satellite Southern Rockies
Satellite Arizona
National Water & Climate Center water supply forecasts and summaries
Arizona Basin Outlook Reports
Sunrise Park Resort Web Camera at 10,700 feet
On The Snow Report for Sunrise
Web Cameras Near Show Low, AZ

Things to do: Rivers to run in Arizona

What is running according to American Whitewater USGS Real-Time Water Data for Arizona
Agua Fria 17 miles of Class IV/V from Bloody Basin to Black Canyon City 100 cfs
Burro Creek 13 miles of Class III/IV 60 miles northwest of Wickenburg 300 cfs
East Verde Day Stretch 18 miles Hwy 87 near Payson to Doll Baby Ranch Class IV 300 cfs
Wilderness Stretch Doll Baby Ranch to Horseshoe Reservoir 16 miles of E Verde, 24 miles of Verde
Gila Wilderness Run of NM
Cliff Dwellings to Mogollon Creek (40 miles)
Gila Box of AZ Clifton to Safford (Big Bonito Creek, 25 miles) 300 cfs
Gila River below San Carlos Reservoir spring-fall, tons of access, 100+ miles
San Francisco River Glenwood NM to Clifton AZ (62 miles) 200 cfs Blue River?
Santa Maria Upper Box or Hwy 93 Class IV 6 mile runs near Baghdad 300 cfs
Tonto Creek 26 miles Class V Hellsgate 500cfs or 5 miles Class III near Gisela 300cfs
Verde River current level and forecasted level