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Discover an ancient canyon wilderness, abundant in riparian nature and beautiful, natural beauty, and enjoy a fun and amazing outdoors adventure, white water rafting the Upper Salt River. Found simply 135 miles from Phoenix, near the town of World, the roughly 52 mile stretch of the Upper Salt River, after getting run from the neighboring White Mountains throughout early spring, is home to a few of Arizona's best Class III and Class IV river rapids. Even if you are a novice, white water rafting doesn't require having prior experience or training is fairly economical and most importantly, it's a thrilling and interesting adrenaline rush and a great way to experience nature and the outdoors with your pals or family. So if you consider yourself an outdoors adventurer, and want to experience something new and amazing to do, that's not expensive and near to Phoenix, then I highly suggest you go white water rafting down the Upper Salt River, World, Arizona!

I truly delight in the adventure of white water rafting and have actually formerly been down the Snake River in the Teton's National forest, Wyoming, as well as the Merced River in Yosemite National Park, California. I had become aware of white water rafting trips down the Upper Salt River here in Arizona, however, I had actually never ever done it previously because the season for running the Upper Salt is extremely unpredictable as well as extremely brief. To time it just right when the seasonal run off and water flow is at its optimum and peak, preferably you're taking a look at about early-mid March. However, this depends on just how much snow is received up in the mountains each winter season. The season for running the Upper Salt they state in fact extends from as early as February till mid Might. So when I saw that there was a regional group called the Desert Mountain Paddlers, led and arranged by Ron Russell, who was preparing a white water rafting journey down on the Upper Salt River, I quickly invited my good friends and got signed up at a reduced group rate through Canyon Rio Rafting, based out of Flagstaff, Arizona, and the expert outfitter company who runs the Upper Salt River.

It was a gorgeous spring early morning throughout the very first week in April that my pals and I met Ron Russell, aka "The Canoe Guy" and the rest of the Desert Mountain Paddlers team and began our day's journey, going out United States 60 east, aka "The Old West Highway" and showed up in Globe by 7:30 am. After a time-out for food and toilets at McDonalds, we made a left onto United States 60-Hwy 77 North and delighted in the stunning mountain drive for another thirty minutes till we finally came to the top of the hill neglecting the Salt River Valley below and were all entirely stunned and impressed at how absolutely spectacular and beautiful it was. Wow!

We drove down the high hill, and after crossing over the bridge, made a fast left onto the brief dirt roadway where by 8:30 am we had actually finally gotten to Canyon Rio's meeting and parking lot. We got out and were warmly welcomed by the personnel of Canyon Rio who rapidly provided us the devices we would be needing for our day's river rafting adventure consisting of full howtoduiclass wet suits, nylon splash jackets, helmets, paddles and PFD's (individual flotation devices). We were advised by Canyon Rio beforehand, to not only bring with us mineral water however also, when river rafting early in the spring season when water temperatures are very cold and outdoors air temperatures a bit more cold than in summer months, to use clothing that are made of either artificial or fast drying fabrics, and shoes that are old tennis shoes or river sandals with socks that are neoprene or wool material to keep your feet and body from getting too cold.

When totally suited up, and with our paddles in our hands, we started to stroll down to the river's edge together where our river guide, "Scratchy", a veteran river guide with 9 years experience behind him, fulfilled us and offered an outstanding intro to river rafting including learning how to utilize a paddle, in addition to what to do in case of an emergency situation, such as falling out of the raft, what to do must the raft get flipped over. After this thorough summary, we were lastly prepared for what made sure to be a really adventurous and also extremely beautiful 9 mile river rafting journey down the Upper Salt River! After getting together for a couple of fast group images, we excitedly entered all of our 6 male rafts and one by one introduced out onto the river by about 10 am.

The Upper Salt River Canyon, about 4000 feet elevation, was windy and chilly that morning, I 'd estimate somewhere in the 50's in temperature as we began our journey and I was happy to have been offered a complete wet match as well as a wind breaker for added warmth. As we were gradually drifting below our river launch website, I looked up and was simply totally surprised at the extremely lovely, beautiful landscapes of this wilderness area, which extended 52 miles from World all the way down to Roosevelt Lake. Found on ancestral Native American Indian grounds, the Upper Salt River Canyon is extremely restricted by the Fort Apache Indian Booking, and is only accessible by river raft or kayak with a license.

It just took a few minutes on the river prior to we came to our very first fast, the "Bump & Grind" fast, categorized as a "Class II" fast. And wow, what fun that was too! However that was simply a heat up. There were a great deal more to come, we were headed for a whole series of outstanding "Class III" rapids, and although we had actually missed out on the peak flow a few weeks earlier, the river's cfs, or circulation rate, was still great that day, "Scratchy", our river guide encouraged, so we were in for a genuine adventure! How rapids are categorized is truly quite subjective, I learned. Essentially it's identified by water levels, circulation rates, obstructions or barriers in the river's bottom such as rocks and stones or anything that would trigger the water, always flowing down hill, to spin, swirl or cause to spill over such as a water fall. Rapids are ranked anywhere from 1, which is your beautiful float, all the way as much as 10, and very unsafe. However, if you're a beginning to intermediate river rafter, like myself, the Class II & Class III river rafting trips are best and the Upper Salt River uses a few of the best rapids in the whole western U.S

. After warming up at the "Bump and Grind", Class II quick, and with the rest of our group of Desert Mountain Paddlers now carefully behind us, we looked up and were thrilled to take on the next fast, our first Class III rapid of the day, the "Maytag" fast! Wow, now that was fun! But that was just the beginning of the experience! From there it was all Class III"s, an entire series! With our group behind us and primarily out of sight by now, we continued to move on to the next rapid and the next, the "Grumman", the "Mom Rock" and the "Overboard" rapids, rocking, sprinkling and spinning, crashing against the waves and twirling through the torrent of current of the Upper Salt, I practically got tossed out of the boat two times!. Wow, what a wild, thrilling and interesting experience trip!

After effectively running the "Overboard" Class III fast, we diverted our raft over to the river's edge to wait for the rest of our team to arrive. This was turning out to be one heck of a wild river run, and I noticed I wasn't the only one to get thrown out either! There were a few solo kayakers likewise attempting to run the river that day and one of them got flipped over and tossed out of his kayak! Thankfully, after swimming through the fast while still hanging onto his kayak, he eventually he made it and was all right. We waited along the river's edge until everyone had made it successfully through the last rapid and as soon as we had all of our rafting group back together once again, we continued.

From here we had a break from the rapids and had an opportunity to enjoy a few of the stunning canyon landscapes and wildlife that is along the Upper Salt River. So definitely stunning and marvelous, I discovered it so fantastic that the Upper Salt River Canyon is a backcountry wilderness location, including about 32,000 acres, that has actually handled to remain entirely remote, and untouched here within the state of Arizona. What a terrific day and adventure this had actually been so far, I thought to myself.

It was a little after 12 noon when we got to Canyon Rio's camp website on the river and where we 'd pull our rafts over to the shore and have a picnic lunch and mid-day rest break. And what a lunch it was too! Canyon Rio really provided us a tasty and great lunch, that had it all, right to the last details too. Wow! We were really delighting in whatever however by 1:30 pm, and after a quick group photo with our river guide extraordinaire, "Scratchy", it was time to return in our rafts once again and begin the 2nd part of our journey and adventure down the Upper Salt River.

After pulling our rafts out and advancing from camp, and next taking on the "Exhibition" Class III quick, the scenery was even more beautiful and magnificent as we rapidly approached the gorgeous Cibecue Canyon, the crossed Cibeque Creek. After running the Cibecue Rapid, a Class II rapid, we turned a corner to the left and continued to delight in the journey heading down this really serene and tranquil stretch of the Upper Salt River up until we pertained to what would be the best but final set of rapids of the day.

As soon as again we were encouraged by our outstanding river guide "Scratchy" what we were to do as we approached first the "Three Way" quick, a Class III rapid, followed by the "Salt River Draw", a Class II fast, then on to our final rapid of the day, the "grand ending" and conserving the best for last it seemed, as we crashed, splashed, bumped, grinded and moved our way down through the rocking and rolling "Mezcal Falls", a Class III-IV rapid that was absolutely the very best one of them all! Wow, what an overall adrenaline rush!

After pulling to the side to await the rest of our team to successfully make it through "Mezcal Falls", we then drifted for a few more last minutes on the river till we lastly reached completion of our 9 mile river rafting adventure by about 2:30 pm, and the gain access to point where Canyon Rio was waiting on us to transfer us back to the parking lot where our automobiles were and by 3:30 pm we had actually arrived back at the parking lot, ready to head back home to Phoenix again.

In all, what an incredibly enjoyable, exciting and picturesque outdoors experience on the Upper Salt River! Really a fantastic day spent with buddies and everybody from the Desert Mountain Paddlers group. And also, an exceptional river rafting exploration created by the professional and experienced group of river guides from Canyon Rio Rafting. So if you're trying to find something new, interesting, fun and adventurous to do, then I highly recommend you make certain to take a look at white water rafting down the Upper Salt River, Globe, Arizona!

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