Everything You Need To Know: Salt River Tubing

One way to stay cool during the Arizona’s summer months is by floating down the Salt River.

If you have never been before and considering checking it off the summer bucket list, Salt River Tubing announced tubing season will begin on Saturday, May 11. Here is everything you need to know to be prepared for a fun and safe tubing experience.

Directions

Salt River Tubing is located in the Tonto National Forest. The address is 9200 N. Bush Highway, Mesa AZ 85215. Check out turn-by-turn directions on Salt River Tubing’s website.

Cost

Good news, prices have not increased! The cost is the same as last year. It is $17, plus taxes and fees, which includes both tube rental and shuttle to the river. Parking is free. One driver’s license is required for up to five tube rentals.

Hours of Operation

Tubing hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, depending on weather and water flow conditions. The last tube rental of the day is at 1 p.m. The final bus pickup is at 6:30 p.m.

The total float times can last between 2 – 5 hours

Age Requirements to Float Down the River

To float down the river, the minimum age is eight years old and has a height requirement of least four feet tall. If a child does not meet the age and/or height requirements, no one in the group will be allowed to rent tubes or take the shuttle to the river.

Scheduled Themed Days

May 18 – Rocking Rodeo Roundup
May 25-27 – Memorial Day weekend (trash pickup)
June 8 – Salt River Pirates
June 22 – Super Heroes Splashdown
July 4 – Fourth of July
July 13 – Spooktacular Halloween
July 27 – Mega Hawaiian Hula
August 17 – MADCAP Mardi Gras Magic
August 31 – September 2 – Labor Day weekend

What Should You Bring?

  • Driver’s license
  • Cash, debit or credit card
  • Life vest (recommended for children, $6 at Salt River Tubing)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Ice chests and coolers with plastic cans or bottles (glass is not allowed and cooler tubers can be rented for $17)
  • Tennis shoes or closed-toed shoes
  • Hat or visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Food, snacks and water; they recommend at least two bottles of water per person

What Not To Bring:

  • Glass (coolers will be inspected)
  • Drugs
  • Weapons

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