River Tours

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Raft, Kayak & SUP Tours Near Phoenix and Scottsdale

Explore the desert’s waterways with AOA and discover a scenic and relaxing desert oasis. While floating along you are surrounded by spectacular, unobstructed 70-mile views of 4 different mountain ranges. Try a guided rafting trip, one of our most family-friendly activities, learn a new skill on a stand up paddle board tour, or pilot your own craft on a kayak tour.

If we are able to add a single guest to an existing reservation, the tour charge for 1 guest will be reduced by 50%.

Call to inquire about parties of 13 or more.

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1/2 Day Kayaking Tour

Learn more about our guided half day kayaking tours
The 1/2 day kayak tour on the lower Salt River is a great way too cool off, see a new side of the desert and get some exercise.
Price: $145 pp, min 2 people per tour
Book 4+ and get 20% off
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round

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1/2 Day Mild Rafting Tour

Learn more about our guided half day rafting tours
The guided 1/2 day rafting tour is a scenic, relaxing float down the lower Salt River and perfect for groups and families.
Price: $145 pp, min 2 people per tour
Book 4+ and get 20% off
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round

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1/2 Day Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

Learn more about our guided half day SUP tours
The guided 1/2 day SUP tours are great for learning new skills on the paddleboard and exploring unique desert oases.
1 Person: $280 pp
2-3 People: $140 pp
4 or more: $112 pp
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round

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Watch the video to see what it’s like!

Tips for Planning a Trip to Scottsdale/Phoenix

Rafting down the Salt River near Phoenix, Mesa, and Scottsdale is a perfect way to cool off and relax on a warm day in the desert.  Incredible mountain views, professional guides, wild horses, there’s so many reasons to go class 1 rafting on the lower Salt River.

The desert heats up in the summer, so if you’re visiting the Scottsdale or Phoenix areas during that time, here are a few cool ways to stay active!

The Southwest is known for monsoons, but many travelers to the desert have never experienced this type of weather. Here’s a blog with local knowledge on monsoon season in the desert southwest.

Partner with AOA

AOA is one of the foremost operators in the adventure travel industry, providing services to over 30 partner companies and countless private groups. We have deep experience working with:

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 AOA operates guided rafting, kayaking, and SUP tours in cooperation with and under permit of our sister company Desert Voyagers by the Tonto National Forest.