A wonderful multiday 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.
A Wilderness permit is required from March 1st to May 15th. Normally a 3 or 4 day trip, the controlled wilderness section begins 20 miles downstream from Highway 60. If you don't have several days to spend and a permit, see the daily run description.
Also check out the Roosevelt gage for conditions near the takeout.
Flows: The ÂSalt SeasonÂ 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.
The river has been run up to 28,000 cfs in 2 days but most sane boaters make 10K a cut off.
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springtime on the Salt
early spring on the river
How to use a groover
Oar rigging Quartzite Falls
Surfing a raft at the Ledges
Rafting Quartzite Falls
Open Canoe in Quartzite
Salt River put in
Quartzite from below
Brad running the left of Black Rock
Salt River Arizona
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