The sold-out event resulted in temporary road closures on north Power Road/Bush Highway and Usery Pass into Tonto National Forest during Memorial Day, re-opening as parking spaces became available.
Henri Breault, President/C.E.O. commends and thanks the Salt River tubers that have pitched in to “lend a hand” and keeping the Salt River free of litter. “It’s so easy to be a Salt River Hero – just take personal responsibility for your picnic trash while floating and “stash it & bag it” in the litter bags that are provided during tube rental. The responsible stewardship resulted in a clean and beautiful Salt River each day during the recent holiday weekend, ” he said. To date, 607 tons of trash has been stashed and bagged on holiday weekends!
Company officials also advised the following safety tips for floaters: non-swimmers, inexperienced swimmers and children should 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.
Have a great time during your floating picnics but remember that drugs, alcohol and the Salt River do not mix - appoint a designated driver before your tubing adventure.
Take Pride in America is a national partnership that aims to inspire a new generation of volunteers to put their love of country to work to improve our national parks, wildlife refuges, public lands, cultural and historic sites, playgrounds and other recreation areas.
Salt River Tubing has received four National “Take Pride in America” awards for the company’s conservation efforts on the Lower Salt River in Tonto National Forest. (1991, 2003, 2006 and 2010).
For more information about Salt River Tubing & Recreation, please visit the website at www.saltrivertubing.com or call (480) 984-3305 at Salt River Tubing headquarters.
Tube rental is $15 per person/tube and includes shuttle bus service. Salt River Tubing does not accept checks, debit or credit cards. Cash only.
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 four 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 on north Power Road in Tonto National Forest.