All of our guided paddle board tours take place on the Lower Salt River or Saguaro Lake in the Tonto National Forest, about a 30-40 minute drive from Phoenix. The Lower Salt River is a Class I river (the easiest rating on the international scale of river difficulty), with no white water or rapids, and provides some of the best wildlife and bird watching opportunities in the Southwest. 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! We also offer guided kayak and rafting tours on the Lower Salt River.
Tours typically last about 4 hours and begin at 8am on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at our warehouse in North Scottsdale. Advance reservations are required. Private tours available for other days and times upon request. Desert Voyagers does offer an alternate meeting location in Mesa, AZ upon request. All equipment will be transported to and from the river. Water and snacks are included for the duration of the tour.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
A SUP is similar to a large surf board that allows a standing/paddling form of on-water recreation and touring. Our guided SUP tour is a great introduction to a new way to enjoy the river or lake! We’ll learn basic techniques including launching and landing, how to balance, kneeling, standing, and navigating on calm water. We will also some of the amazing desert flora and fauna which make this such a unique habitat. This tour is suited to anyone with good physical fitness, a willingness to learn a new skill, and a modest sense of adventure.
The advanced paddle board tour is designed for our guests who are already experienced and proficient with standing, kneeling, and turning a SUP. This guided adventure will travel down river, encountering turns in moderate river currents, and will practice avoiding natural obstacles along the route. Guests should be comfortable moving between standing and kneeling positions on their board upon direction from the guide.
1 person: $280 per person
2-3 people: $140 per person
4 or more: $112 per person
If we are able to add a single guest to an existing group, the tour charge for 1 guest will be reduced by 50%.
Exclusive to your group. No other parties may add to your tour.
– $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 Mondays, Wednesdays 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
- SUP, paddle
- PFD (life jacket), dry bags
- Roundtrip Transportation
- National Forest Entry Fees
Trip Rating: Beginner
Minimum age: 12 years
Desert Voyagers operates guided kayaking, rafting, and SUP tours under permit by the Tonto National Forest.