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Guide to the Upper Salt River in Arizona

Guide to the Upper Salt River in Arizona

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Guide to the Upper Salt River, Arizona, Second Edition

ISBN 979-8-9877269-0-7.

28 pages with 7 maps, 53 miles, color photographs, and shaded topographic relief.

Errata & Revisions

Please note that the permit kiosk previously operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe near the put-in at Highway 60 is no longer available. You need to be sure to obtain your WMAT recreation permit before you get to the river. 

The side canyons on river left just upstream and downstream from Horseshoe Bend (mile 39) flashed in 2021, completely damming the river and forcing the current to flow through a thicket of tamarisk on river right. Floods in early 2023 reestablished the river channel close to its original location.

Digital Map

Scan the QR Code below to download the supplementary Avenza digital map with GPS waypoints. 

Avenza Map Bundle for the Upper Salt River


Our Guide Books

Our spiral-bound guide books are offset-printed on plastic pages. The covers are plastic card stock. The entire books are waterproof and tear resistant (but not indestructible!). Our guide books include mile-by-mile descriptions of campsites, rapids, and points of interest and include many photographs.

Care of Your Books

You can write on dry plastic pages with an indelible marker like a Sanford Sharpie. If your offset printed map or guide book gets wet, don't worry! It can stay wet without damage. You will eventually want to dry it out with a rag or by turning and air drying each page. The pages usually won't stick, but... Don't cook your books! We have seen some books with pages that stick, especially where the ink is heavy over photographs. The only way we are able to reproduce this effect is to let a wet book dry for an extended time in the hot sun. You should avoid leaving your book in the direct sun or a hot vehicle or trailer for any longer than necessary. Day-to-day use in the sun while on the river has never been a problem that we've seen. Don't freeze your books! We have seen books that were wet and frozen lose some of their ink and underlying coating that holds the ink to the plastic page. If your book is wet and frozen, we suggest either letting it defrost or dipping it in the river for a minute to melt the ice and allow the pages to separate.

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