Lower Salt River Nature Trail

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Phon D Sutton Recreation Area

Lower Salt River Nature Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Fountain Hills, 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

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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Note: $12 parking fee

1 month ago

all roads are currently closed here. have to hope for a spot off the hwy to park and then walk down trails.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Great trail once I found the trailhead. You must go down the fence line to get to the real trail. Once on the trail it was well marked and a real joy with all the spring flowers. It would be nice to have some benches or somewhere to rest on the trail as I was with an older person.

2 months ago

For a novice like me, not clearly marked.

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over grown
2 months ago

Pictures are a little misleading. You have to go off trail to find the river. However, it was a beautiful and easy hike regardless

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2 months ago

It’s a great time to go see all the flowers out right now.

2 months ago

Beautiful spot at the confluence of two rivers. Nice to hear nothing but water burbling, wind through the brush, and lots of birdsong. My visit was short because the loud stereo blasting auto-tuned pop music carried very well over the water. Very disappointed.

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3 months ago

Nice loop, however they are in the process of building the fence to keep the horses away... if you want to see the horses you have to go to gold field and walk towards coon bluff.. went at 2:30 and literally saw 100 of them it was amazing.

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3 months ago

Fun little nature walk

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3 months ago

Great for younger kids.

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

Trailhead location is definitely not marked. Start behind the restroom facility on the left as you face the river. Easy hike but beautiful. Good hike for wild horse sightings.

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4 months ago

This is a beautiful trail and is exactly as described- a nature walk through various plant zones. Challenging to find if you don’t know where to look. The restroom to the far left is a general direction to go in as you descend behind it - there are signs once you find the trail and it’s well traveled- easy walking on level ground.

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4 months ago

love this trail. it was well marked and eady to follow

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over grown
4 months ago

There is a $12 fee to park. We probably walked a half mile and realized we were going in the wrong direction. The trail begins behind the restroom facility. It is a pretty trail ... a little too easy for my liking, but any time spent outside, surrounded by cacti and beautiful mountains, is time well spent. Was hoping to see the horses, but saw *evidence* left behind, and plenty of it

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4 months ago

We were a little confused as to the start of the trail and we didn’t hike the “real” trail but went the other way along the river path. We started by turning right from the parking lot (which has a meter to pay $12). The scenery was spectacular with tree covered paths with a small climb up and the view of the mountains were incredible! There was so much horse droppings but we saw no horses. We went with four kids (10y, 7y, 4y, 1y).

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5 months ago

What a beautiful trail!! We spotted some wild horses while here today. What a treat! The diversity in flora was incredible.

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5 months ago

Good tour of a flat Sonoran desert area. Overgrown in places but fairly easy to locate from Phon D Sutton recreation site.

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6 months ago

Wild horses met us in the far parking lot and another group walked near the highway on our way out- 7 in total. Saw what we came for! We walked beyond the marked trail to start and the river & mountain views were worth it. Marked trail is an easy and well marked loop.

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7 months ago

Great easy hike for the kiddos! Lots of beautiful views and wild horses walked right by us!

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7 months ago

Flat trail construction equipment made noise the whole time across river

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8 months ago

Easy hike. Can't see too much of the river, but it's still pretty.

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rocky
8 months ago

9-15-19 Nice easy morning hike picking up garbage on the lower salt river trail with Girl Take a Hike, AZ. 3 Wild Horses came up along the trail and what a beautiful sight to see!! Bathrooms on site, Fee Required, Enjoy!!!

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Mon May 27 2019

Well one can only see some peekaboo views of the river from the trail and definitely not the one that is highlighted as the “main photo of the hike”. Nevertheless my wife and I liked it as the terrain is quite different for the desert of the Phoenix area. It has lots of trees that create a canopy over the trail and many parts reminded us of a prairie.

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