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Tubing Is The Only Way To Beat The Heat In The Valley Of The Sun

July 2, 2009 at 10:42 AM | by | ()

When you think of Phoenix in the summer, you probably think of the sweltering heat and imagine yourself dodging in and out of the comfort of air conditioning. A relaxing trip down a river in a tube doesn’t even seem like a possibility, but it is, and you can beat the summer rays only 30 minutes outside the city.

After a short ride towards Mesa, you’ll find yourself floating and bobbing along the Lower Salt River in the middle of the Tonto National Forest. Although tubing is usually a relaxing experience, there are some rapids along this route to keep you on your toes. Also, they encourage picnicking along the river and even rent out special tubes to float your cooler right along side your group.

Surprisingly, booze is totally allowed as long as it’s not in glass bottles, so expect a party scene if you’re going on the weekend—just remember your own ice.

Floaters can access the river from a couple different spots, so you can be cooking under the sun for as long as five hours depending on where you drop in. Just remember to bring some cash, as that’s all they take. It’ll run you $15 for the day, and that includes tube rental and a shuttle bus ride. If you’re headed out this weekend you can get a $5 discount for helping to pick up litter along the route. That makes it seem nice and clean, doesn’t it?

Related Stories:
· Salt River Tubing [Official Site]
·Tubing The Apple River: Slow Speeds, Fast Sunburns [Jaunted]
· Tubing coverage [Jaunted]

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