Phoenix in the summer is downright horrible. Not only does the temperature reach up to the 110’s at times but we also get monsoon season which raises the humidity and makes those high temperatures feel more miserable.
One of the best ways to escape the weather here other than running from one air conditioned place to another is to go tubing down the Salt River. I live in central Phoenix and it takes about a half hour to get to. Considering we live in a desert landscape, that’s great that there is something so close by to go to.
If you have enough people to work with and some of your own tubes you don’t need to spend a penny to go here and enjoy the Salt River. However, if you want the convenience of just renting a tube there and getting a shuttle ride there it‘s a $13 fee per person. It’s $10 if you already have tubes. It sounds like a lot but the price hasn’t changed for years and going down the Salt River is one nice long ride for that price. You can also choose how long you want to tube down the River. They have start and drop off points that can last from 2 hours up to 5 hours. You can come to “forks” in the river if you want to go through some small rapids or just continue a leisurely float down the river. Just be careful either way and bring some shoes or sandals that you wouldn’t mind losing because there are some rocks and sometimes the tide can be lower than normal. You are allowed to bring food and beverages (no glass) but you are expected to keep the river clean so bring a trash bag. Bring some towels to dry off with and towels or small sheets to lay on your tube, they can get very hot in the sun. The best part about the Salt River tubing is the location. You can tube through the mountains out here and enjoy the landscape.
Oh, and don’t forget your sunscreen!
Here is a website where you can find out more about Salt River tubing. www.saltrivertubing.com