The outdoors: Wet & Wild
Anyone who envisions the Sahara when they hear “desert”
has certainly never visited Scottsdale. Here, the area's lakes and
streams provide the perfect playground amidst the grandeur of the Sonoran
Desert and surrounding mountains. Early civilizations, such as the Hohokam,
made vast irrigation systems to tap the Salt and Verde rivers.
Today, these same rivers also play a recreational role, providing
the setting for rafting, kayaking and canoeing trips like those offered
by Cimarron River Company and Arizona Outback Adventures. As in virtually
all our adventure activities, it isn't necessary to bring anything but
a sense of adventure, as local outfitters can supply both guides and gear.
Trip leaders can point out wildlife that frequents these areas, such as eagles,
herons, egrets and hawks. Those with keen eyes and patience also might see coyotes,
javelina and deer. Anglers will be hooked, finding the waters teeming with largemouth bass,
trout, crappie, catfish, yellow bass and sunfish. Other activities to enjoy in the wet and wild
areas include water skiing or simply tubing and enjoying the passing scenery.
River Rafting, Kayaking, Fishing & Water Sports
In Arizona, the rivers, streams and lakes are lush, pristine oases surrounded on
all sides by the beauty of the Sonoran Desert - perfect settings for water adventures of every kind!
Rafting, kayaking and canoeing are popular ways to explore the lakes and rivers in the Scottsdale area.
If you aren't equipped with gear, several Scottsdale-based adventure travel companies provide raft and kayak
trips on both the Salt and Verde Rivers.
These excursions offer the opportunity to view the desert wildlife
including eagles, herons, egrets, hawks and occasionally larger species such as coyotes, javelina and deer.
Anglers will find largemouth bass, trout, crappie, catfish, yellow bass and sunfish populating local rivers and
lakes. Find a quiet spot along the shore for bird and wildlife watching (raptors, songbirds and desert mammals are abundant).
Experience the adventure of flying over the water on water-skis, parasail on one of our lakes, or tube down one of our rivers.
Whatever your water pleasure, it’s all nearby!