Rafting Tours

All of our regularly scheduled guided flat water rafting trips take place near Phoenix on the Lower Salt River or Saguaro Lake in the Tonto National Forest. The rivers and lakes in the Southwest provide some of the best wildlife and bird watching opportunities around. The river is a very scenic Class I (the easiest rating on the international scale of river difficulty), flat water river with no white water or rapids. Some paddling is required, but for the most part your guide will do the work while you sit back and enjoy the scenery. Listen carefully, your guide is a seasoned expert and will point out features of interest in the surrounding landscape.

Water temperatures are in the 60s in the winter and rise to low 80s in the summer months. Swimming is possible year‐round, but the water may be chilly in January! Tours can be arranged in the morning or afternoon and typically last about 4 hours. Your guides transport all equipment to and from the river and your guided tour includes water and snacks.

Tour Price

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

Call to inquire about parties of 13 or more.


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
  • Raft, 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.