Kayaking Tours

Take a guided kayak tour on the beginner‐friendly Lower Salt River or Saguaro Lake just outside Phoenix and Scottsdale. We use inflatable kayaks because they are stable and easy to maneuver, which makes it easy to enjoy splashing, relaxing, and wildlife viewing. The Sonoran Desert depends on its rivers and lakes to provide habitat for the diverse wildlife that call this area home, including wild horses and bald eagles, which we are often lucky enough to see during our tour! Your guides will give you advice on how to pilot your kayak downriver while sharing lots of interesting facts about the beautiful red cliffs, lush plantlife, and amazing landscape around.

All of our kayak tours take place on scenic, Class I rivers (the easiest rating on the international river difficulty scale) or calm lakes. All regularly scheduled guided trips are on the Lower Salt River or Saguaro Lake in the Tonto National Forest. These areas are excellent for viewing wildlife and are some of the best spots for bird watching in the Southwest. Water temperatures vary from the 60s in the winter to low 80s in the summer months. Swimming is possible year‐round but it can be a bit bracing in January! Tours can be arranged in the morning or afternoon and typically last about 4 hours.

River Kayak Tour Price

$145 pp, min 2 people per tour
Book 4+ and get 20% off

Lake Kayak Tour Price

$140 pp, min 2 people per tour
Book 4+ and get 20% off

Call to inquire about parties of 13 or more.

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


Private Tour:
– $200
Exclusive to your group. No other parties may add to your tour.

Hotel/Residence Pick-up:
– $95 per group – inquire over the phone

Alternative Meeting Location:
– Inquire over the phone about meeting in Mesa


All tours depart from our office in North Scottsdale unless otherwise requested.


  • Meet at our office in North Scottsdale (MAP)
  • Activity duration: 2-3 hours
  • Total duration: 4 hours
  • We can schedule tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Tours typically depart at 8am and 1pm*
  • Family discounts available, please inquire over the phone.

*Advance reservations are required.


  • Professional safety-certified guide
  • Bottled water & snacks
  • Inflatable double kayak, paddles
  • PFD (life jacket), dry bags
  • Roundtrip Transportation
  • National Forest Entry Fees

Trip Rating: Beginner

Children: Children must meet a minimum of 35 lbs to be safely fitted in our life jackets. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Desert Voyagers operates guided kayaking, rafting, and SUP tours under permit by the Tonto National Forest.