Middle Canyon of the Salt River

Middle Canyon – Gleason Flat to Horseshoe Bend

Whitewater adventurers will find a dynamic display of geologic formations and life giving water as they descend into the Middle Canyon of the Salt River. Entering the remote Salt Canyon Wilderness Area, Giant Saguaro, Barrel and Hedgehog cactus greets you with a display of flailing arms and prickle spines. Wild flowers are abundant from the spring rains in a mosaic of color, texture and smells. But don’t get caught up smelling the flowers, the Middle Canyon holds solid Class III – IV rapids including Black Rock, The Maze and the infamous Quartzite Falls. Private permits are required March 1st to May 15 and group size is limited to 15. Printer friendly souvenir-quality low-resolution or high-resolution versions of this map are great to bring along when visiting us.

Salt River map