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Difficulty III-IV
Length 19 Miles
Flow Range 300 - 20000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 2 hours ago 211 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/15/2017 4:37 am

River Description

From Gleason to Horseshoe is a long day run, but it can be done in a day even at low flows, as long as you have your shuttle set up. The shuttle is heinous long, so if you don't have a shuttle bunny, it really takes 2 days to set this one up.

A wonderful multiday run can be run on the Upper Salt, from the Salt River Canyon Bridge on Highway 60 to Lake Roosevelt. See the Route 60 to Roosevelt Reservoir description. There is 60 miles of bouncing whitewater in a spectacular Sonoran Desert canyon. For gear-hauling rafts, a minimum flow is 1,200. The infamous rapid Quartzite is a solid class IV at most levels, but without the class V consequences that existed at high flows before it was illegally blasted.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

Flows: The “Salt Season” occurs when the snow melts in the White Mountains of southeastern Arizona, usually beginning in March and ending in May. Sometimes good flows occur in February or last until June, but this only happens every 10 years or so. Adequate flows may also occur during Monsoon Season in July and August. For kayakers who just want to go downstream, 300 CFS is a minimum. For surfathon fun, 800 is a bare minimum, and 2,000-3,000 is optimal. For gear-hauling rafts, a minimum flow is 1,200.

Directions Description

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Date Flow Result Factor  
1993-05-23 Medium Fatality One Boat Trip Read More




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Salt River Reopened (AZ)

Jason Robertson

A local tribe closed access to the Salt River Canyon for several weeks "due to fire restrictions"; however the Fort Apache Tribal Office Department of Fish and Game representative told me today that the river has been reopened.

Matt Muir


Kestrel Kunz


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