Join us on this action-packed swimming holiday in Arizona's famous Wild West
Immerse yourself in the impressive landscapes and refreshing waters of Tonto National Forest
Complete truly 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
Get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life 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 is a jaw-droppingly beautiful trip with an action-packed itinerary which takes in the remarkable natural scenery and local wildlife that exist in the area.
Surrounded by the impressive cliffsides where the Salt River flows through the Tonto National Forest, this really is a SwimTrek adventure like no other. 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, though. Our incredible 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, with panoramic views of the surrounding canyons, 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.
Who is this trip for?
This trip is designed for the swimmer who relishes the idea of swimming in beautiful freshwater in one of the most visually stunning landscapes in North America, escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life on a truly unique swimming holiday. Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average daily swim distance of around 5 km (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
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.
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