Lower Salt River Nature Trail

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Lower Salt River Nature Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mesa, Arizona that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
49 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

road biking

walking

beach

forest

river

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
14 hours ago

This is a great beginner trail that is well worth the hike. There is a-lot of beauty all around from the wild horses that wander to the water to the Beautiful Mount McDowell. The trail features plaques with information about some of the trees in the are which are great but definitely need a bit of maintenance and love. Be careful to pay attention to all of the trail signs as there are many areas where others have blazed their own trails.

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike. Easy, with nice views and wildlife. It must have been my lucky day...saw 8 horses and a roadrunner. Paths have a lot of horse poo but it's easy to dodge.

hiking
11 days ago

Great easy hike with wild horses and awesome bird watching.

16 days ago

Of course there’s horse poop everywhere - there’s WILD HORSES everywhere. And it’s awesome!! There’s lots of trails that do lead to nothing but it’s interesting because some of these areas seem to be the shelter for these horses. I took my pup and boyfriend and talked to fly fisherman along the banks. It was an amazing experience AND you should do it. Seeing those horses was magical and sharing it with my family made the whole world disappear. And as for the trash - you can’t control what everyone else does. Just pick it up : be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

walking
19 days ago

This trail was a bit tough to find the beginning, later we noticed a couple start markers down. lots of "on your own" trails made it confusing. the beginning & end is to the furthest corner of the parking lot.

I enjoyed the river side mostly as there was more bird activity and the water views were beautiful. there is a high level of horse droppings as people said but easy to walk around.

I should have paid more attention to sand comments because my Keen Uniques which I wear a lot on easy trails filled up with little rocks continually.

I really enjoyed the interpretive parts learning just a bit more about the area and think if you did this at different times of the year you would see a variety of things.

21 days ago

I’ve been to many beautiful places in Arizona but this trail is no good. Salt river is a gorgeous river, but this trail doesn’t really go near it much unless you cut trails.

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect hike to do with the wife / kids/ Dog whatever you want stay on trail or be a trail blazer great views love this trail

hiking
1 month ago

Some nice scenery but mostly walking on loose sand which is akward.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was kid friendly and we saw wild horses which was pretty neat. There is however, a lot of horse poop and we also saw a lot of garbage unfortunately. Overall, I would do this hike again with my kids though. It’s very beautiful. When I went it wasn’t too busy. We went around 1pm.

hiking
2 months ago

horse poop everywhere and so much traffic the trail has turned into power. I did this Trail less than 6 months ago and it was in way better shape. I wouldn't drive across town for this hike but if you're close it's nice to see and hear the river.

2 months ago

Great for a trail run.

2 months ago

Nice trail well marked, relatively flat, opportunities to see wildlife and nice view of Red Mountain.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike for a relaxing Monday afternoon

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail. Beautiful scenery, nice to see it growing back since the fire. Watch for rattle snakes, we found a 3 foot rattler sunning on the trail; we named it Gary.

7 months ago

Great hiking and beautiful river to cool off in. Tons of lizards!

7 months ago

Super pretty trail and more green than what you'd normally find in Arizona. The trails weren't marked very well but it wasn't too hard to figure it out & it was pretty fun to make our own path for some of it. Not hard at all and super family friendly

hiking
7 months ago

The trails are not marked well. Our visit was cut short with a big ole rattler in an over grown bush next to the trail. To bad the trail couldn't be kept up better and marked clearly.

hiking
8 months ago

had a great day on the l9wer salt got to take a really cool photo of a Cooper hawk

8 months ago

I agree it went away from river. We also came across a rattlesnake. Trail is not wide enough and had overgrown grass very close to the trail. After seeing the snake come out of the grass we decided to turn around.

hiking
9 months ago

The trail is not very well marked. Not near the river at all, in fact it leads away from the river. Some forks seemed confusing. We ran into a grumpy rattle snake who was ready for a fight. You can however access the river from the parking lot, which was a nice view. And we did see three wild horses walking by the river.

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