Salt River Tubing hosts ‘Rodeo Roundup’ grand-opening weekend event May 16

The cowpoke shuttle bus. (Photo courtesy of Salt River Tubing)

The cowpoke shuttle bus. (Photo courtesy of Salt River Tubing)

Ready to rock and kick up your heels like a cowpoke?

Salt River Tubing’s Rocking Rodeo Roundup 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, is a fun-filled day as well as a unique, floating adventure in Tonto National Forest, according to a press release.

The annual “More Kids in the Woods” hoedown attracts thousands of buckaroos each year on the Lower Salt River, jump-starting the tubing season’s summertime fun in the sun, according to the release.

Salt River Tubing is in Tonto National Forest, seven minutes from Loop 202 East and the North Power Road Exit 23A in Mesa. Click on to catch a glimpse of previous Rocking Rodeo Roundups on the Salt River or for a Rocking slideshow.

The first 500 buckaroos at the Sept. 16 event will receive a free cowboy bandana. The event includes live entertainment, buckaroo line dancing, pony races, lasso contests and free giveaways. The cost is $17 per person/tube (includes sales tax) for tube rental and shuttle bus service all day.

The Rocking Rodeo Roundup event mimics the Old West as Salt River Tubing crews load up their buses and shuttle tubers to and from the Lower Salt River. Western attire is optional for tubers; however, Salt River Tubing will be awarding $17 Tube Rental passes (valid on return visit) for Best Cowboy and Cowgirl Tuber costumes. Live entertainment will be provided by Chandler band “Dry Heat Pickers” rocking with Bluegrass, Country, American roots and blues music.

For more information about Salt River Tubing and the Rocking Rodeo Roundup event, visit the website at or call 480-984-3305. Daily operating hours are 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and latest tube rental is 2 p.m., weather and water flow permitting. Salt River Tubing opens seven days a week beginning May 18. The cost of tube rental is $17 per person/tube (includes sales tax) for tube rental and shuttle bus service all day. Children must be 8 years or older and at least 4 feet tall for tube rental and shuttle bus service. Glass containers are prohibited by law in the Lower Salt River Recreational Area and will be confiscated. Ice chests and coolers will be inspected for glass containers before boarding shuttle buses. Salt River Tubing operates under permit of the USDA Forest Service and is in Tonto National Forest, Mesa.

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