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Salt River Canyon


Salt River Canyon Wilderness is a 32,101-acre (12,991 ha) wilderness area located within the Tonto National Forest in the U.S. state of Arizona.[1]

The Salt River and its deep canyon bisect the entire length of the wilderness. Elevations range from 2,200 feet (671 m) at the lower end of the canyon to 4,200 feet (1,280 m) on White Ledge Mountain.[2]

The area can be visited practically any time, though there are no maintained trails within the entire wilderness. Travel here is typically done by raft or kayak during the short river-running season between March 1 and May 15. A visitor permit is required between these dates and group size is limited to 15 people. White-water rafting the Salt River Canyon is fairly popular, with 27 sets of rapids and numerous side creeks to explore.[3]

U.S. Route 60 traverses a winding route through the canyon, descending close to the river at the bottom before crossing the river and then ascending back up the opposite side.

Globe


Globe (Western Apache: Bésh Baa Gowąh, "place of metal")[3][4] is a city in Gila County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 7,532.[1] The city is the county seat of Gila County.[5] Globe was founded c. 1875 as a mining camp. Mining, tourism, Government and retirees are most important in the present-day Globe economy.

The Globe Downtown Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

The Arizona Grand Tour is UNIQUE to Todd's Private Car Service.  Todd, who's a lifelong motorcycle rider, came up with the idea as he was taking a Client to Payson, AZ.  Once they arrived, Todd mention Show Low (another town down the road), and the Clients become instantly interested in exploring more of the Arizona Rim.


Payson, Showlow, the Salt River Canyon, and Globe (a 100+-year-old mining town) are RARELY visited by those on vacation.  Clients who rent cars simply don't go because they're unsure about the route, the time involved, and the driving conditions.  Arizona is much more than deserts, and Todd was determined to show Arizona in a way seldom seen by those that visit.

Show Low


According to a legend, the city's unusual name[4][5] resulted from a marathon poker game between Corydon E. Cooley and Marion Clark.

The two men were equal partners in a 100,000-acre (400 km2) ranch; however, the partners determined that there was not enough room for both of them in their settlement, and agreed to settle the issue over a game of poker (with the winner taking the ranch and the loser leaving).

After the game seemed to have no winner in sight, Clark said, "If you can show low, you win." In response, Cooley turned up the deuce of clubs (the lowest possible card) and replied, "Show low it is."[6]

As a tribute to the legend, Show Low's main street is named "Deuce of Clubs" in remembrance.[5]

In 2002, a large forest fire, the Rodeo-Chediski fire, threatened the city and forced an evacuation. The fire was extinguished less than a half mile from the city's border, and Show Low was completely spared. The city is near extensive forests, and is a popular recreational area.

Arizona Grand Loop Tour -  $150 Per-Guest - $650 Minimum  -  Tour Time - 12+ hours (All-Day)

Payson


Payson is a town in northern Gila County, Arizona, United States. Its location puts it very near to the geographic center of Arizona. Payson has been called "The Heart of Arizona". The county seat is in Globe, AZ. The Payson police department executive director is the Arizona state coordinator of the 1033 program. The town is surrounded by the Tonto National Forest land has many outdoor activities year round.

"Arizona is much more than a desert.  It was amazing watching the landscape change from rugged rock, to thick pine.  Loved the tour, and I'll be taking another." - Susan, TX