Join us on this adventurous swimming holiday in Arizona's famous Wild West
Immerse yourself in the impressive landscapes and refreshing waters of Tonto National Forest
Complete breathtaking swims amongst the cliff and canyons of this unique part of the United States
Explore the beauty of the Apache Trail and surroundings of Saguaro Lake, Canyon Lake and Apache Lake
Relax at the charming and rustic Saguaro Lake Ranch
Discover some of the most breathtaking landscapes in North America with this truly unique swimming holiday amongst the rivers, lakes and canyons of Arizona’s stunning Salt River region. This incredibly beautiful trip features an adventurous itinerary where we’ll swim alongside some of the state’s most remarkable natural scenery and have the chance to see the area’s local wildlife in their natural habitat.
Surrounded by the impressive cliffsides where the Salt River flows through the Tonto National Forest, this SwimTrek adventure is one of our more unusual trips. The river is chiselled between deep canyons, steep lakeside cliffs, and a meandering river course through Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, creating a lake and river setting that will have you telling stories of ‘swimming in the Wild West’ for years to come. Over the course of the trip, we swim the length of entire canyons, with mountain peaks reaching high up above as we pass by.
It’s not just the swimming that makes this a trip of a lifetime. Our itinerary see us explore the surroundings of Saguaro Lake, Canyon Lake and Apache Lake as our journey takes us through Arizona's Tonto National Forest. The panoramic views we’ll have of the surrounding canyons are often described as some of the most impressive in the whole of the United States. We stay at the secluded Saguaro Lake Ranch, which is a comfortable, rustic base for the duration of the trip and has echoes of a bygone era of gold prospecting, cattle drives and gunfights. Every day we’ll enjoy delicious home cooked meals, often in a cowboy style cookout under the stars.
Who is this trip for?
This trip is for swimmers who love the idea of swimming in beautiful freshwater in some of the most stunning landscapes in North America. Its remote nature makes it the perfect place to switch off and just focus on enjoying relaxing swims. Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average daily swim distance of around 5km (split over a minimum of two swims) prior to the start of the trip.
- Fully guided swimming holiday in Arizona, USA
- Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
- Technique advice with video playback
- Five nights accommodation
- All breakfasts
- All lunches
- All dinners
- Return SwimTrek arranged transfer to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport
What's not included?
- Travel to the start of the tour
- Gratuity for other services, asides from accommodation and meals
Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during the course of your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.
Spectacular swims through towering canyons. A beautiful ranch with outstanding food. AZ should be on your SwimTrek bucket list.Shady H, USA - 2019
Arizona Canyons: stunning landscape, clean and calm water, and great swimming. A real unplug.Anna M, USA - 2019
I did not realize how beautiful swimming in Arizona could be.Maayan G, USA - 2019
Stunning location, amazing food, a guide I may love forever, but the thing that always makes the trips for me is that Swimtrek magic, where you start the week with 12 strangers with whom you seem to have nothing in common (except swimming), and end it one big richly interconnected family. If you ever get the chance to swim through Arizona or with Marlys, take it!Kate R, UK - 2018
I had great expectations of this trip. The reality far exceeded them.Keren L, UK - 2018
What a fantastic Swimtrek trip! Wonderful swims in a unique setting, fantastic guides (Marlys & Mark) and wonderful hospitality at the ranch.Michelle G, UK - 2018
This is by far the best swimtrek I have been on. Between Marlys the guide, the Lodge staff and Blaze the chef they made this trip a truly memorable adventure.Sarah F, UK- 2017
What an inspiring landscape and experience! Thank you to Marlys and the ranch team for a once-in-a-lifetime trip.Izzy, P. UK- 2017
Swimming along the narrow canyons in Canyon Lake and seeing the bald eagle on the rock - Wow! Doesn't get much better than thatSalle D, UK-2017
This was the vacation of my dreams... swimming and exploring Arizona's beauty! Everything from my safety to my comfort was taken into account. Plus, I met many wonderful people on this escapade. I'd love to go again and again.Anicia C. USA - 2017
I will be doing a SwimTrek trip every year until I am too old to make the trips!Gwen S. USA - 2017