Water activity

Phoenix and Mesa: Kayaking Trip to Granite Reef

4.5 / 5

2 reviews

Activity provider: Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch

Phoenix and Mesa: Kayaking Trip to Granite Reef

Activity provider: Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch
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From US$ 85.04 per person

Enjoy a full 4 and a half hours of wildlife, majestic mountains, and the Sonoran Desert. Set off on a wonderful kayaking trip through the Lower Salt River. Look out for local flora and fauna in the Tonto National Forest.

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Duration 4.5 hours
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  • Float down the Salt River below thousand-foot cliffs and beside majestic Saguaro Cacti in the Sonoran Desert
  • Keep your eyes open for wild horses, deer, great blue herons, osprey, bald eagles, river otters, and other native wildlife
  • Hop on a sit-on-top kayak, perfect even for beginners
Full description
What better way to beat the Arizona heat than in the cool waters of the Lower Salt River? Kayak out into the beautiful wilderness of the Tonto National Forest. Keep your eyes peeled for native, desert wildlife. On the Granite Reef float, you'll witness the confluence of the Salt and Verde Rivers and the majestic Red Mountain. The sit-on-top kayaks are very stable and easy to maneuver; after a 15-minute orientation, even beginners will feel safe and comfortable in the water. This self-guided float is the most convenient way to kayak the Lower Salt River. Park your car at Saguaro Lake Ranch — no Tonto Pass required — and launch from a private kayak beach. Enjoy the 4.5-hour float. At the end of the route, staff will be waiting to gather the kayaks as you board an air-conditioned van and return to the ranch.
  • Approximately 4.5-hour trip of 13 miles to Granite Reef take-out
  • Instructor orientation
  • Return shuttle via air-conditioned van
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
  • People under 4 ft 6 in (140 cm)
  • People over 275 lbs (125 kg)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Check in at the main office of Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch: 13020 N Bush Hwy, Mesa, AZ 85215, USA

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Waterproof bag

Know before you go

  • Minimum of 2 guests per trip or the local partner reserves the right to cancel the trip
  • Launch times are 7:45 AM - 11:00 AM (subject to days and availability)
  • Single kayaks only, no doubles
  • Previous kayaking experience is not required
  • Kayaks have a 275-pound weight limit and a 4' 6'' minimum height limit
  • You cannot bring your own kayaking equipment
  • Glass and alcohol are not allowed; coolers will be inspected at launching
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

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The River was nice and scenic. There were plenty of wild horses and colorful birds to observe. The current wasn’t that challenging, but it was fun. It’s a shame some people left trash behind. 4 to 4.5 hrs was a little too long on a hot day. Highly recommend the visit.

June 25, 2022

Lots of fun!

June 28, 2022

Product ID: 291380