Labor Day Weekend Tubing
Thousands of fun-seekers will beat the heat and shoot the Salt
River rapids on tubes Labor Day weekend.
Record water flow levels on the Lower Salt River will enable
tubers to "chill and thrill" as they enjoy floating picnics.
Floaters will be encouraged to participate in the 11th
Annual "Salt River Heroes = Litter Zero" event and help keep the
Salt River clean and beautiful.
The Take Pride in America event is
scheduled Saturday through Monday, Sept. 2 – Sept. 4, 9 a.m. – 3
p.m., and is co-sponsored by Tonto National Forest, Salt River
Tubing, and local radio stations.
Free Tommy Tuber litter bags will be distributed to the public
with the message to "stash it and bag it" while floating on the
Salt River. To date, tubers have bagged a total of 414 tons of
picnic litter during the Litter Free events.
Local radio stations The EDGE 103.9, KISS FM 104.7, and KKFR
Power 98.3 will provide musical entertainment, beach ball bonanza,
water balloon contests, and prize giveaways.
Company officials recommend that tubers arrive early to ensure
tube availability during Labor Day weekend. "The Lower Salt River
has experienced fabulous water flow this summer and holiday
weekends are sell-outs," says Henri Breault, president of Salt
Breault advises that non-swimmers, inexperienced swimmer, and
all children wear a life vest while tubing. Tubers should plan
their floating picnics to include plenty of water, sun block,
protective footwear, and beverages in cans or plastic containers.
Ice chests/coolers will be inspected for glass containers
before boarding shuttle buses and glass containers will be
confiscated. Breault also cautions floaters to be aware that
"drugs, alcohol and Salt River do not mix" and to "party
responsibly" by appointing a designated driver before their tubing
Catch the coolest ride in the Valley of the Sun and visit the
Web site at
www.saltrivertubing.com or call (480) 984-3305. Operating
hours are 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. daily, and the cost of tube rental is
$13.00 per person/tube, which includes inner tube rental, free
parking, and shuttle bus service.
Latest tube rental is 3 p.m. daily and tubers are encouraged to
arrive early as tube availability and parking spaces decrease by
noon. Glass containers are prohibited by law at the Lower Salt
River, and ice chests will be inspected.
Children must be at least eight years or older and 4 feet tall
for tube rental and shuttle bus service. Salt River Tubing is
located in northeast Mesa on Power Road, fifteen miles north of US
Hwy 60 East or minutes from the 202 East in Tonto National Forest.
For more information, contact Lynda Breault, (480) 380-9792.