Salt River Tubing opening May 16 in northeast Mesa

Business operates under permit of the USDA Forest Service in Tonto National Forest


Salt River Tubing and Recreation’s opening day --- with safety protocols --- is 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, on the Lower Salt River.

The cost is $19 plus tax per person or tube, which includes tube rental, shuttle bus ride and free customer parking at Salt River Tubing, according to a release.

Salt River Tubing is in the Tonto National Forest, seven minutes from Loop 202 East on North Power Road --- 9200 N. Bush Highway. Salt River Tubing will be open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily, seven days a week, weather and water-flow conditions permitting. Go to on for more details.

“SRTR will strive to do its best to help ensure a responsible ‘social distancing’ atmosphere at the SRTR terminal building and on its shuttle buses during transport of tubers to the Salt River,” according to the release.

Free bandannas will be distributed to SRTR guests to be worn as face coverings. A face covering/bandanna must be worn during the tube-rental transaction process, shuttle bus transport to/from the Salt River as well as during the tube-return process at the end of the floater’s visit, the release states.

Salt River Tubing’s safety protocols also include the following:

  • SRTR will require its employees to wear face coverings as well as gloves. Daily temperature checks will be administered.
  • Shuttle bus transport: SRTR’s 72-passenger buses will be downsized to transport 15 passengers per bus.
  •  Shuttle buses will be disinfected nightly --- every 24 hours --- with disinfectant solutions.
  • SRTR has implemented a plan to permit safe-distancing between guests awaiting the tube-rental transaction process.
  • Family/friend Groups: Family and/or friends who have traveled together in vehicles to SRTR may choose not to socially distance themselves since they chose to travel together with said precautions.
  • SRTR safety protocol signage will be posted at the SRTR Terminal Building and bus stops Nos. 1, 2 and 4.

SRTR operates under permit of the USDA Forest Service in Tonto National Forest.

Salt River Tubing accepts cash and credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Credit card transactions require a valid driver’s license for credit card identification. Go to for more details on credit card transactions.