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There’s more to the Sonoran Desert than mountains and cacti. The Salt River runs through the Valley of the Sun, and this critical waterway provides a verdant habitat for wildlife—and numerous recreation opportunities for visitors, including tubing, kayaking and rafting. Tour groups organize daylong trips just outside of the city. 

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There’s more to the Sonoran Desert than mountains and cacti. The Salt River runs through the Valley of the Sun, and this critical waterway provides a verdant habitat for wildlife—and numerous recreation opportunities for visitors, including tubing, kayaking and rafting. Tour groups organize daylong trips just outside of the city.