Beat the heat on the Salt River!

Photographer: Guy Atchley

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Celebrate Labor Day weekend while enjoying a "floating picnic" tubing on the refreshing, 68 degree mountain-stream waters of the Lower Salt River in Tonto National Forest. The view during your leisurely travel along the water is sure to include desert blooms, panoramic cloudscapes and mountain vistas. If you're lucky, you'll also see wild horses, other desert wildlife and a wide array of birds. Labor Day Weekend, floaters will be participating in the “Salt River Heroes = Litter Zero” event by “stashing & bagging” their trash in Tommy Tuber litter bags to help keep the Salt River clean and beautiful. But everyone should ALWAYS be packing out everything they pack in to help keep this area as pristine and lovely as it is now. If crowds aren't your "thing" take a trip down the river on a weekday instead of the holiday weekend. And no matter when you go, be sure to wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen. More information on tubing the Salt River can be found online at