FAQ 2017-05-06T23:52:11+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Release Forms to Print & Sign

When and Where do we meet? Confirmation
What does Salt River Rafting provide?
What to wear, what to bring for rafting and what to bring for camping?
What are your meals like and how do you handle special dietary needs?
Can we bring adult beverages?
Can we bring cell phones, cameras, go pros?
How many people in a raft? How is it guided?
Who can do this rafting thing?
How cold is the water?
Is it customary to tip the guides?
What class or level is the Salt River rated?
Guide training and certification
Gift certificates and group discounts?

When and Where do we meet? Confirmation?
Meet at our river office 38 miles north of Globe, AZ where Hwy 60 crosses the Salt River at Mile Marker 293
Written directions, downloadable pdf maps and a google map our available on our maps page
An email confirmation is sent when we have received payment
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What does Salt River Rafting provide?
All our trips include self-bailing rafts PFD’s (life jackets), paddles, helmets, specialized equipment, first aid supplies and dry bags. Wetsuits, wetsuit booties and paddle jackets are provided at no extra charge. Return transportation to your vehicle at the end of your trip. Meals and beverages are included on all trips except for the half day trip. Bring a snack and beverage for the half day.
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What to wear, what to bring for rafting and what to bring for camping?
Temperatures vary quite a bit in the spring time in Arizona, one day you will want all the gear described below, the next day just a swimsuit and old tennis shoes. Better safe than sorry and that is why Salt River Rafting will provide adequate gear at no charge if you do not have your own. For additional comfort YOU should bring swimsuit to wear under the wet suit. Cotton t-shirts, sweatshirts and denim will keep you cold once wet and does not belong on the river. Tops and bottoms made of synthetics such as poly-pro, capilene, fleece, silk or wool are designed to keep you warm when wet. We also provide wet suit booties to keep your feet warm because there is always some water on the floor of the raft. You can also bring your own water shoes or a sandal with a heel strap. All foot gear can be worn with a sock made of the materials listed above for added comfort. Bring extra clothing, sunscreen, water, restraining strap for glasses, waterproof camera, and smiles!
If you are on the Raft & Camp or Camp & Raft trip you are only limited by what you can fit in your vehicle which you will drive down to our riverside base camp. Evenings can cool off quite a bit so bring whatever you need to be warm after sunset. It is car supported camping on a beach, next to the river, 2000 feet deep in a canyon, so, bring it all!
On the 2-5 day trips we ask that you pack much lighter because all of your belongings will be repacked into a dry bag and loaded onto a gear raft.
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What are your meals like and how do you handle special dietary needs?
Salt River Rafting provides all meals and beverages on every river trip except for the half day trip. Bring a snack and beverage for the half day option. We prepare a huge grilled lunch with all the fixings at our beach side base camp mid-way through our full day raft trip. No one leaves lunch hungry! Dinners, lunches and breakfasts served on Raft & Camp or 2-5 day trips are always delicious, filling and reflect the guides special areas of expertise and may include dutch oven enchiladas, grilled steaks or lasagna. The guides are your cook, waiter, and dishwasher! Special diets can be accommodated with prior notice.
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Can we bring adult beverages?
Yes, but we reserve the right to cancel or reschedule your trip if we suspect you have been drinking before getting on the water. For multi-day trips we ask that no glass containers which can break and puncture a raft be included with your personal gear.
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Can we bring cell phones, cameras, go pros?
The rule of the river is that if you want to see it again, don’t bring it :), that said, guides and clients bring them all the time. I have a professional camera that I bring in a pelican case, others put their cell phone in a handy little dry bag. It’s up to you and your comfort level, we just won’t guarantee their safety.
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How many people in a raft? How is it guided?
Manufacturers design rafts to carry anywhere from 1 to 12 people along with a guide who navigates and calls commands. Most trips generally have 6 or less people in a raft in addition to the guide. There are two methods by which a guide controls the raft.

Method one is the paddle raft: The raft crew paddles together as a team at the guides’ command and the guide steers with a paddle. No experience is necessary as each guide gives an explanation and practice run of all the paddle commands.

Method two is the oar guided raft: The guide steers with a set of oars mounted on a frame attached to the raft. Again the crew paddles together as a team at the guides’ command but this method lets people rest or just hang on.
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Who can do this rafting thing?
You can! Just show up with a smile and we will take care of the rest. Rafting is a great way to get together with your family, friends, coworkers or just have an adventure by yourself. We have no upper age limit, and children as young as 8 weighing at least 50lbs (depending on the flow) can enjoy the half day, full day or raft & camp trips. 10 and up is recommended for 2 – 5 day raft trips. We have accommodated countless people who could not swim and or have physical challenges. The most important ingredient is a good attitude! We reserve the right to change the age requirement or trip for the safety of our guests at the river.
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How cold is the water?
Spring time rafting on the Salt River of Arizona brings great whitewater in the form of melted snow run-off from the White Mountains. Generally if you are from Phoenix, Florida or Texas the water will always feel chilly. If you are from the upper Mid-West or North-East the water will feel comfortable. One day you will want to wear everything Salt River Rafting provides, the next day a swim suit and sneakers will be fine. Actual water temperatures are classified information 🙂
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Is it customary to tip the guides?
Gratuity for guide service is customary. A tip is a nice way to say ‘thank you’ and should reflect how you feel about the personal service you or your group received. Some groups organize a tip for their guide, others prefer to tip personally. Average tip is between 10-20% of your trip cost. Salt River Rafting is very proud of its staff.
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What class or level is the Salt River rated?
Most rivers in the world are rated on the International Scale of Whitewater, I-VI.
Class I is flat water with some current, like the tubing section on the Lower Salt River near Phoenix.
Class VI is impossible, for instance Niagara Falls.
The half day, full day, and raft & camp trips on the Upper Salt River of Arizona are rated class III to III+. Fun, splashes, and rapids that require defined navigation appropriate for beginners to intermediates. Higher water makes for bigger waves while low water makes for technical rock dodging.
Multi-day trips with Salt River Rafting run a number of Class IV rapids in an even more remote area of the canyon. These rapids are more challenging and difficult to maneuver, although not necessarily bigger and wetter.
The best definition of river classification is available on the American Whitewater website.
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Guide training and certification?
Salt River Rafting’s staff are dedicated outdoor enthusiasts with many years of experience guiding and adventuring. All of our guides are CPR/First Aid Certified. Many are EMT’s, Wilderness EMT’s, as well as Swift Water Rescue Technicians. Our guides have made whitewater their profession and aren’t just working a season or two, but people who have dedicated their lives to the passion of living and working outdoors. For me this is the most important aspect of choosing a company with which to raft. Salt River Rafting takes great pride in the professionalism and expertise of our staff!
A great resource to investigate is American Whitewater’s Safety Code
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Gift certificates and group discounts
Gift certificates are available online on this website or by phone.

Salt River Rafting Price Guarantee
Raft Trips with Salt River Rafting have no inflated weekend prices! No fees for rental equipment.
Listed prices do not include the per person $25 Apache Tribe & 6% access fees.
Price includes everything needed for your raft trip:
wet-suits, helmets, river shoes, meals, transportation.
Just show up in a swim suit and a smile!
Senior & Military Discounts: 10%
Child Prices: reflect a 20%+ discount from adult prices, why? because we have kids too!
Group Discounts: Every 10th person gets a free trip for ANY of our raft adventures!

We look forward to seeing you in the Canyon!

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