Thousands to tube at Salt River on Memorial Day

MESA, AZ - Salt River Tubing announced its season would officially begin on Saturday, April 28, kicking off its 37th year.

Before you go and grab your suit, here's everything you need to know from pricing to the themed costume events.

WHERE IS SALT RIVER TUBING?

Tubers float down the Lower Salt River within the Tonto National Forest. The GPS address is 9200 N. Bush Highway, Mesa AZ 85215.

WHAT ARE THE HOURS?

Opening day is Saturday, April 28. The river will be open from 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. with the last tube rentals at 1 p.m. 

After that, the river is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Weather and how fast the river is flowing could dampen those plans. So make sure to check Salt River Tubing's Facebook page and website for specific updates.

Depending on where you stop, a typical float can last between two and five hours.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Admission has increased slightly this year.

Tube rentals are $17, plus taxes and fees. That includes the tube and shuttle to the river. In years past, taxes and fees were included in the price.

Lynda Breault with Salt River Tubing said the total price, including taxes and fees, would be just over $18. They accept cash and credit cards.

Parking is free. 

WHO CAN GO DOWN THE RIVER?

Children and adults can float down the Salt River, but there are some age and height requirements.

Children must be at least eight years old and four feet tall.  

One driver's license is required for every five tubes rented.

COSTUME DAYS

Throughout the season, the river holds a handful of themed costume days and special events to help clean up the river. Here is the schedule below:

  • May 5 - Rocking Rodeo Roundup. The first 1,000 people get a free bandana.
  • June 9 - National Get Outdoors Day, "Salt River Pirates"
  • June 23 - Super Heroes Splash Down
  • July 14 - Spooktacular Halloween
  • July 28 - Mesa Hawaiian Hula
  • August 11 - MADCAP Mardi Gras Magic

Special events:

  • May 26-28 - Memorial Weekend, "Salt River Heroes = Litter Zero" campaign
  • July 4 - Fourth of July weekend, Bag it for Bucks, Take Pride in America event
  • September 1-3 - Labor Day Weekend, "Salt River Heroes = Litter Zero" campaign

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Sunscreen
  • Ice chest or cooler. Glass containers are not allowed. Ice chests and coolers will be checked. Plastic bottles and aluminum cans are okay.
  • Life vests are recommended.
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach towels
  • Hats
  • Water, sports drinks, lunch and snacks.

Visit http://www.saltrivertubing.com/ for more information.

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