Enjoying a Kayaking Adventure in the middle of the dessert is probably not on everyone’s radar, air-conditioned rooms or cars would be the first choice of many. Arizona Outback Adventures has crushed this thought entirely by offering Kayaking Adventure Tour down the verdant Lower Salt river oasis that flows through the middle of the Sonoran Desert just a quick 40 min outside of Scottsdale, Arizona. Cool, clear waters to easily kayak down or splash in, making this a must do experience when visiting Scottsdale.

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The Salt River flows generally west and southwest through Scottsdale and then on towards Phenoix, offering an abundant array of activities to enjoy. Kayaking, fishing, picnicking, swimming, and wildlife spotting. Lower Salt River serves up some fun class 1 category water (no whitewater rapids) to test your beginner kayaking skills on, but for the majority of the experience, you can lazing float down the river.

Kayaking Adventure down the Lower Salt River

Perfect for a first-time Kayak adventure

Kayaking with Arizona Outback Adventures was such a fun experience. They are so courteous and helpful, making sure you understand all of the safety precautions and kayaking tips you need for your first (of many) trips with them. They are thoroughly knowledgeable about the abundant history and ecology of the area and share many stories with you as you venture down the river.

Several in our group of travel bloggers had zero experience in a kayak, and they all found this to be a perfect trip to learn on. Small easy to navigate rapids, slow-moving waters, and breathtaking scenery made for the ideal experience. Inflatable kayaks are easy to use and quite comfortable with a 1/2 day kayaking adventure.

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For your Kayak Adventure with AOA, they provide professional safety-certified river guide, bottled water & snacks, inflatable double kayak, paddles, PFD (life jacket), dry bags, roundtrip transportation, National Forest entry fees.

You need to bring weather appropriate athletic clothing such as shorts and a t-shirt or a bathing suit. AOA recommends bringing a dry change of clothes for after your kayaking trip, water shoes/sandals/old sneakers (worn at all times) plus sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, lip balm, medications, hat, etc. as needed.

Kayaking, not your thing? Then go rafting!

Arizona Outback Adventures

In business since 1997, Arizona Outback Adventures specializes in multi-day guided adventure tours throughout the Southwest, single-day guided tours in Scottsdale, Arizona and the Phoenix metro area, bicycle rentals, and team building and other events for corporate groups. Each year, over 8,000 guests trust AOA to handle their daily activities and week-long vacations. From the individual traveler to the family vacation, from the small corporate retreat to the large company team building event, we take pride in offering a truly unique outdoor experience with an unsurpassed level of service. Our staff is comprised of professional and experienced guides/facilitators with the perfect blend of corporate know-how, and extensive outdoors experience.

Contact Arizona Outback Adventures

16447 N. 91st Street, Suite 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85260


Toll-free: 1-866-455-1601
Local: 480-945-2881

Twitter: @AOAadventures

Instagram: @AOAadventures

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Full disclosure, Experience Scottsdale, and Arizona Outback Adventures hosted Never to Old To Travel during a media trip to Scottsdale, AZ with no stipulations. All thoughts and opinions in this article are my own.SaveSave