Salt - 1.5 - US 60 to Mescal Rapid


Salt, Arizona, US

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1.5 - US 60 to Mescal Rapid (the daily run)

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 7 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
SALT RIVER NEAR CHRYSOTILE, AZ
usgs-09497500 800 - 20000 cfs III-IV 01h24m 156 cfs (too low)


River Description

Before you go to launch, stop at the little store on river right on Highway 60, and get your permit from the White Mountain Apaches. Fifteen dollars a day covers river use, parking and camping. The Apache rangers and guides WILL bust you if you don't buy the permit. The store is only open during the day, so if you arrive at night, make sure you go out to the store first thing in the morning.

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
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2005-04-27 13:35:29

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments


2009-11-03 04:59:25 (1627 days ago)
Bob LassnerDetails
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.
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