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Officials are searching for a 43-year-old man who was last seen tubing down the Lower Salt River on Thursday.
Throw on a grass skirt or Hawaiian shirt for this island-themed day at the river. You’ll find limbo and hula hoop contests, free leis, music, and prizes for the best Hawaiian costumes to bookend a leisurely float down the scenic Salt River.
DETAILS >> 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21. Salt River Tubing, at Bush Highway and Usery Pass Road, Mesa. $17 per person per tube; includes shuttle service. (480) 984-3305 or SaltRiverTubing.com.
As an Arizona native, I have a love for the desert that just comes naturally. But there is something inside of me that loves greenery, water, colorful flowers and shade. I cannot always hop in the car and drive up north so, I am comforted by the fact that just 30 minutes east of Apache Junction lies the 100-acre Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, which boasts the best of the desert as well as many non-native plants.
Lasso a tube and hold on tight for Salt River Tubing’s Rocking Rodeo Roundup. The kickoff event of the inner-tubing season, the Roundup features line dancing, stick pony races, lasso contests, Best Cowboy and Cowgirl Tuber Costume contests and giveaways on shore to bookend your float on the scenic river.
Lt. Brandon Jones say 36-year-old Jessica Roberds and her children were traveling down the Bush Highway Tuesday afternoon when she lost control of her Chevrolet Suburban. The boy was ejected and the SUV rolled over him.
One of the favorite Republican arguments for the last four years has been this one: While the Republicans have repeatedly passed a budget in the House, the Democrats, well, chose not to.
Zydeco line dancers will entertain, while costumed river employees toss free Mardi Gras beads to tubers at the river outfitter's headquarters on the Bush Highway. [More on next slide ...]
Get voted a local landmark, and it doesn’t take long for people to start talking about you. The Salt River horses, which just nabbed the “Best East Valley Landmark” award in the Tribune’s 2013 Best of East Valley reader poll, will be mentioned in an “All About Wild Horses” question and answer session 6 p.m. Friday, June 14, in the Nature Center at Usery Mountain Regional Park in Mesa.
Best Place to Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N. Usery Pass Road
(480) 984-0032 or maricopa.gov/parks/usery
There’s a $6 entry fee per vehicle, but can you really put a price on the amount of activities at one’s disposal? This 3,648-acre preserve is crisscrossed by about 30 miles of trails, from the flat, stroller-passable Merkle Trail to Wind Cave Trail, one of the East Valley’s most popular climbs. A smorgasboard of programming includes everything from preschooler nature walks and full moon hikes to presentations on desert survival, birding, photography and stargazing. You can also picnic, ride your own horses, camp or mountain bike in the park.
14011 N. Bush Highway
(480) 986-5546 or saguarolakemarina.com
Desert Belle Tour Boat
14011 N. Bush Highway, Suite 206A
(480) 984-2425 or desertbelle.com
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Kick-off river season in style with Salt River Tubing’s annual launch event. This western-themed shindig offers free cowboy boot koozies and bandanas to the first 500 tubers, live music from 98KUPD, line dancing and lots of giveaways, not to mention a leisurely float down the scenic Lower Salt River.
A lone, painted white bicycle sits at the side of Usery Park Road near Bush Highway.
A driver involved in a deadly hit-and-run east of the Valley Wednesday morning may also be to blame for a second fatal crash, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
I love the swimming holes of Slide Rock and the roaring Havasu Falls. These not-so-secret escapes are gorgeous, must-see destinations.
WASHINGTON — For critical Senate races, Republicans are turning to the playbook that served them so well in the 2010 elections. They're saturating the airwaves with political ads detailing the perils of "Obamacare" and the nation's growing debt.
Summer's officially over, but you've still got a few hours to squeeze in one last quintessential Valley summertime experience: riding the Lower Salt River in a black inner tube.
Maricopa County authorities have recovered a body from the Salt River, but it's still unclear if it is that of a man missing on a weekend tubing trip.
A summer gone without ample time spent on the water is, as my French-Louisianan great-grandmother used to say with her bayou accent, a “tra-jah-dey”. Once temperatures fall too low to dip a toe, it is a bit of a downer — that those lazy hours at the lake or river have passed you by.
A fire that began earlier Saturday along the median and west side of SR 87 is estimated at about 30 acres and is contained, according to the National Forest Service.
Desert Belle Cruise: Tour Saguaro Lake while listening to a live performance from Arizona Idol winner and American Idol top 5 contestant, Levi Waskom.
During the 1980s and ’90s when I lived in northeast Mesa, I often encountered the Salt River wild horses when horseback riding in the area or driving along Bush Highway. There was nothing more exciting than to see one of God’s most majestic creations on the move or just grazing in the sun light. The herds were often encountered crossing Bush Highway at a large wash just east of Ellsworth Road, headed for the river to drink. That is until the area was fenced off due to the increase of human activity. During those days one would also witness Hereford open range cattle roaming freely; just part of what is Arizona.
Headed east on the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway through Mesa, you can’t miss Four Peaks, the tallest, craggiest mountains on the northeastern horizon. After a few years of seeing them framed in the windshield on my daily commute, and peeling the mountains’ image from countless Four Peaks Brewing Company beer labels, I wondered: Can you get up there?
Take Pride in America: Tube the Salt while helping keep it clean and beautiful at the 17th annual “Salt River Heroes = Litter Zero” Memorial Day Weekend event. Over the past 16 years, tubers have removed more than 600 tons of picnic litter and reduced the amount of trash on the river by 90 percent.
The gray stallion with the unlikely name Biff and his family were relaxing in the shade of the mesquite woods bordering the Salt River when I spotted a coyote about 40 yards away.
Warm weather brings a peculiar creature to the wilds just outside of suburbia: the tuber. Hordes of them flock to the Lower Salt River Recreation Area northeast of Mesa this time of year, clamoring to float down the scenic desert waterway in a rubber inner tube.