Tonto National Forest

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Tonto National Forest: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Mesa: 2-Hour Kayaking Trip to Foxtail

    1. Mesa: 2-Hour Kayaking Trip to Foxtail

    There is no better way to escape the summer heat than to go kayaking on the Lower Salt River. As you cruise below cliffs and past beautiful desert scenery, look out for native wildlife. The sit-on-top kayaks are very stable and easy to maneuver; after a 15-minute orientation, you'll be ready to go.  This self-guided float is the most convenient way to explore the area. Park your car at Saguaro Lake Ranch, no Tonto Pass required, and launch from a private kayak beach. Embark on an around 2-hour float. At the end of the route, staff will be waiting to gather the kayaks as you board an air-conditioned van to return to the ranch.

    The kayaking experience was good. It was a lovely way to spend a hit Arizona afternoon. The downside of it was that there were so many tubers on the river at the same time - partying and such! It was so busy. Also, I was expecting a guide to go with the group to point out interesting things along the way, but we were given instructions at the start and told where they would pick us up at the end.

  • Sonoran Desert: Guided 2-Hour UTV Adventure

    2. Sonoran Desert: Guided 2-Hour UTV Adventure

    Hop in, buckle up, turn the switch, and hit the trail in the toughest vehicle the Sonoran Desert has ever seen. The 4-seat UTV can be filled to capacity and can still climb trails, crawl boulders, and zip all over the desert without breaking a sweat. Whether you're craving adventure or simply want to enjoy some sightseeing at your own pace, this UTV is dialed in to deliver. With electric power steering, a thrilling V-Twin engine, and towing capacity to take everything with you, this exhilarating drive handles like a dream. 

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What people are saying about Tonto National Forest

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Took my 12 year old granddaughter on the 7:30 trip. Great location at the base of the dam after driving through picturesque Saguaro Ranch Lodge. The check in was very easy. A quick instruction session on on your way. The trip is more of a float trip, with some paddling. This was my granddaughter's first attempt at kayaking and she did fine. We saw vultures, ducks, egrets, and wild horses. A great first trip.

Unfortunately the river was too low so we did a Saguaro Lake kayak trip. Great time. Andrew was very accommodating. He gave us a “kayak-load” of info about the lake!

Extremely friendly, courteous, professional service and the event itself was so much fun! Thank you for being so accommodating.

unforgettable experience and Chad our guide knows the region extremely well

very good instruction, nice route. Also suitable for beginners.