Suns out buns out, right? If you're ready for an early "hot girl summer," why not plan a trip to some lazy rivers in Arizona? They're perfect if you want to relax, cruise or go tubing with friends for an amazing day trip. 

Our list includes some of the best waterways for activities like water skiing, boating, and kayaking. From wild horse views and red rock cliffs to blue water and more, these seven rivers are nothing short of extraordinary.

Get ready for a fun-filled day in the desert

Salt River

Price: $19 plus tax

When: April through May 2020

Address: 9200 N. Bush Hwy., Mesa, AZ

Why you need to go: You can float for hours and maybe spot some wild horses on the banks too. 

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Lake Powell

Price: $30 for a weekly vehicle 

When: Seasonal hours

Address: Page, AZ

Why you need to go: With 2,000 miles of shoreline, you and your friends can enjoy a variety of water activities. 

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Yuma River Tubing

Price: $10 to $20 per adult

When: April 1 through September 30, 2020

Address: Yuma, AZ

Why you need to go: You can choose how long you want to float where the Colorado and Gila river meet. 

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Tubing Madness On The Verde River 

Price: $32.50 on weekdays and $35 on weekends for 2-hours

When: May 27 through September 2

Address: Bignotti Beach, Cornville, AZ

Why you need to go: Enjoy the scenery of Sedona as you cruise down the river for two hours. 

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Lake Havasu

Price: $15 to $20 entrance fees, rental equipment is an additional cost

When: Open year-round

Address: 699 Old Highway 95, Lake Havasu City, AZ

Why you need to go: Opt to go kayaking or for added fun, go tubing using a boat. 

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Theodore Roosevelt Lake

Price: Tonto Daily Pass for $8 and $4 for a watercraft sticker for boats

When: Open year-round

Address: Theodore Roosevelt Lake, AZ

Why you need to go: After spending some time in the water, you can have a picnic at one of the many sites.

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Canyon Lake

Price: Tonto Daily Pass for $8 and $4 for a watercraft sticker for boats

When: Open year-round

Address: Mesa, AZ

Why you need to go: Launch from the shoreline and enjoy the red rock cliff views as you relax the day away. 

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We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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