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Difficulty III-IV
Length 7 Miles
Flow Range 550 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 72.9 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 01/31/2018 3:31 am

River Description

Before you go to launch, you need to purchase a permit, per person, at (It is possible to buy permits on site, if you're willing to chance there being paperwork available). It is $25, per person. You must carry the permit with you. The Apache Tribe has Rangers posted who spot check for them.

It is against tribal law to run the class IV(V) Apache Falls that is just upstream from the Highway 60 bridge. There is a road up to it on river right--take the dirt road on the downstream of the highway bridge and then look for the underpass. You can legally put in on the rock shelf immediately below the falls, and putting in here avoids the narrow raft-infested launch point that most folks use.

The whitewater is mostly open bouncy class III with long pools separating.

Rapid Descriptions


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Bob Lassner
10 years ago

The store is closed. The reservation permit is 'honor system'. The permit box can be found on the road downstream of the Highway 60 bridge.

Gage Descriptions

This gage is located just upstream of Highway 60. Adequate flows for kayaking can be as low as 300 cfs, whereas for a loaded raft you'll want at least 1,200 CFS.

Directions Description

From Globe, go east to the 60/ 77 junction, and turn north (left). Follow this road until you reach the red Salt River bridge. The turn off for the river is just passed the bridge on the left hand side. Here there are a few different spots for put in, but you must put-in below the Falls, as it's illegal with the Apache Res.

Follow the dirt road downstream (this requires a high clearance/ awd vehicle). Approximately 5miles, you'll reach Cibecue Creek. If the creek is flowing, you may not be able to cross, so you can park there for the take-out.

If you can cross Cibecue Creek, continue approximately 2mi down to Hoodoo Take Out, which is the last stop before you enter the Wilderness Section.

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