Salt River Tubing will kick off the holiday weekend with its award-winning “Bag it for Bucks” Take Pride in America event 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 4-5, on the Lower Salt River. Salt River Tubing is in Tonto National Forest in northeast Mesa, seven minutes from Loop 202 East Loop, Exit 23A on North Power Road, according to a press release.
Salt River Tubing operates under permit of the USDA Forest Service.
Salt River Tubing will be distributing Star-Spangled Bucks – a $7 tube rental discount coupon – as a token of appreciation for floaters’ conservation efforts while stashing and bagging their picnic trash in litter bags. Tubers can trade in full litter bags at the end of their floating adventure for a $7 tube rental discount coupon on their next visit to Salt River Tubing. The coupon is valid seven days a week July 6-Aug. 28, 2015. The holiday weekend event offers live entertainment by KKFR Power 98 and JAMZ 101.5, water balloon contests and beach ball bonanza.
To date, 669 tons of trash has been “stashed & bagged” on the Lower Salt River since 1996 during summer holiday weekends.
“In the past 19years, tuber’s conservation efforts on the Lower Salt River have resulted in protecting Tonto National Forests’ recreational oasis simply by taking personal responsibility for their own picnic trash and keeping it clean and beautiful,” Henri Breault, president and CEO, said in the release. “Responsible stewardship of our natural resources will guarantee that we can enjoy quality recreational opportunities on public lands for generations.”
Salt River Tubing is open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily. The cost of tube rental is $17 per person/tube which includes sales tax, inner tube rental and shuttle bus service. One valid driver’s license is required for every five tubes rented as a security deposit. Children must be at least 8 years or older and 4 feet tall for tubing and shuttle bus service. Life vests should be worn by children, non-swimmers and inexperienced swimmers. Glass containers are not allowed in the Lower Salt River Recreational Area. Ice chests/coolers will be checked for glass containers and glass containers will be confiscated. Only bring plastic or can beverage containers.
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