Salt River Tubing‘s opening day is April 30, 2016, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., on the Lower Salt River.

The cost is only $17 per person or tube which includes tube rental, shuttle bus ride and free customer parking at Salt River Tubing. Salt River Tubing is located in the Tonto National Forest, just seven minutes from Highway 202 East on north Power Road. During the season, Salt River Tubing will be open daily, seven days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., weather and water flow permitting.

This year, Salt River Tubing is celebrating 35 years of Fun in the Sun on the Lower Salt River, and Salt River Tubing will be accepting credit cards this year. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards will be accepted at Salt River Tubing.

Credit card transactions will require a minimum $20 purchase with a valid driver’s license for credit card identification. Salt River Tubing’s 35th Anniversary Celebration includes a Rocking Rodeo costume-themed event, scheduled for Saturday, May 14, 2016, which will be a momentous occasion for the company.

Since 1981, Salt River Tubing has been providing floating enthusiasts tube rental and shuttle bus transportation from May through September each year in the Lower Salt River Recreational Area.

The company is a family-owned, recreational service partner with the U.S.D.A. Forest Service in Tonto National Forest.

“My family envisioned tubing as a national past time in 1938 when they opened Terrace Tubes, the first tubing operation in the U.S., on the Apple River in Somerset, Wisconsin. Terrace Tubes was featured in a multitude of publications including Life Magazine (1941), the New York Times, and National Geographic. I continued the family tubing tradition in 1981 when I opened Salt River Recreation in Tonto National Forest in Arizona. For decades, our catchy radio commercial jingle has been “sing-songed” by thousands of radio listeners, even today,” said Henri Breault, Owner and CEO of Salt River Tubing.

Shooting the Salt River rapids is great fun and Company officials recommend the following helpful tubing tips to assist floaters in planning their floating beach blasts:

  • A valid driver’s license is required for a tube rental deposit per 5 tubes rented.
  • Children must be at least eight (8) years or older AND four feet tall for tubing and shuttle bus service.
  • Life vests are strongly recommended for children, non-swimmers and inexperienced swimmers.
  • Glass containers are prohibited by law in the Salt River Recreational Area and will be confiscated. Ice chests and coolers will be inspected for glass containers before boarding shuttle buses. Please use plastic bottles or aluminum can containers.
  • Have a great time during your floating beach blasts but remember that drugs, alcohol and the Salt River do not mix. Responsibly appoint a designated driver before your tubing adventure.
  • Floating picnic ideas include fresh fruit, burritos, fried chicken, or sandwiches. Pack picnic items in Ziploc bags to keep dry. Please stash and bag all picnic supplies in litter bags while floating.
  • Ice chest/coolers: Fill with ice, sport drinks, fruit juice and water. One to two bottles of water per hour while floating is recommended to help prevent dehydration.
  • Sun block, tennis shoes, cap or visor should be worn. A minimum 30 SPF is recommended. Tennis shoes or closed toes are also recommended while tubing.