Join us on this action-packed swimming holiday in Arizona's famous Wild West
Immerse yourself in the dynamic landscapes and crystal clear 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.
Taking in the dynamic landscapes of the area, 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.
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, while 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.
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.
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.
What an inspiring landscape and experience! Thank you to Marlys and the ranch team for a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Swimming along the narrow canyons in Canyon Lake and seeing the bald eagle on the rock - Wow! Doesn't get much better than that
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.
I will be doing a SwimTrek trip every year until I am too old to make the trips!