Trail Restrictions for Dogs - Dogs prohibited on trail when temperature is 100 degrees or warmer4Trail Restrictions for Dogs - Dogs prohibited on trail when temperature is 100 degrees or warmer<div class="ExternalClass2CC0A0158ABE4807B10863919E4E57EB"><p>Dogs are prohibited on city of Phoenix hiking trails when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. </p><p><a href="http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/pets_safe_heat_wave.html?" target="_blank">Learn how to keep pets safe during warm weather months.</a> #hikeright<br></p></div>5/4/2018 7:00:00 AM8/31/2018 7:00:00 AM
Hiking Safety Heat Message3Hiking Safety Heat Message<div class="ExternalClass0B12337F359B4FDC8525C8706510E9B5"><p>Triple-digit temperatures are in the forecast for the Phoenix area. City of Phoenix Park Rangers advise not hiking during these weather conditions and ask that you always follow these life-saving <a href="/parkssite/Documents/Take%20a%20Hike%20-%20Do%20it%20Right.pdf" target="_blank">"Take a Hike. Do it Right."</a> safety guidelines.</p><p>Monitor the <a href="https://weather.com/weather/today/l/USAZ0166:1:US" target="_blank">local forecast</a> and understand that all<a href="/parkssite/Documents/Trail%20Rating%20Guide.pdf" target="_blank"> trail difficulty ratings</a> are raised one level when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. #hikeright<br></p></div>5/4/2018 7:00:00 AM9/30/2018 7:00:00 AM
Fire Ban for Desert Parks and Mountain Preserves9Fire Ban for Desert Parks and Mountain Preserves<div class="ExternalClass9BD9996AE1234347B07E288EB7C4F430"><p>​The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will ban open fires in the city's desert parks and mountain preserves starting <strong>Tuesday, May 1, 2018</strong>.</p><p>The annual fire ban stipulates the following: Open, wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in any part of Phoenix's preserves; smoking outside of enclosed vehicles will continue to be prohibited; propane or gas grills may be used, but only in established picnic areas.</p><p>For additional information contact 602-495-5458 or <a href="mailto:natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov">natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov</a>. #hikeright</p></div>4/25/2018 7:00:00 AM10/15/2018 7:00:00 AM

 

 

Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area​

 

​The Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area aims to restore the native wetland and riparian habitats of the historic Salt River, which once flowed year-round through Phoenix.

With a variety of paved and natural trails, most with smooth surfaces and minimal elevation changes, Rio Salado is a popular location for hikers hoping to spot one of the hundreds of species of birds that use the area as a seasonal migratory path.

To protect the delicate ecosystem, we ask that special care be taken when visiting Rio Salado.  We ask that visitors remain on designated trails; keep dogs leashed and on paved trails; refrain from disturbing the wildlife; and that nothing be taken or moved from the habitat area.  Additionally, fishing is strictly prohibited.

 

Trail Map & Descriptions
 

Trailheads:

NE 7th Ave. Trailhead
2801 S. 7th Ave.

NE Central Ave. Trailhead
2439 S. Central Ave.

SE Central Ave. Trailhead
3131 S. Central Ave.

SE 7th St. Trailhead
2875 S. 7th St.

SW 7th Ave. Trailhead
3212 S. 7th Ave.

16th St. Trailhead
3203 S. 16th St.

 

Trailhead & Trail Hours:

Sunrise to 7 p.m. or Sunset, whichever comes first.

 
Register for Hikes and Outdoor Nature Programs
 

Contact Information:

Ranger Office:
(602) 262-6863

Natural Resources Office
(Business Hours Only):
(602) 495-5458

Contact Natural Resource staff regarding resource management at desert preserves
or call (602) 261-8318


Take a hike, do it right logo

Review "Take a Hike. Do it Right." guidelines before visiting the trail.  The symbol to the right of each trail name represents the difficulty rating.

Trail rating guide

*Add an additional level of difficulty when the temperature is in the triple digits. 

 


Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center

Audubon Center Birds of Rio Salado

 

Educational Field Trips

The Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area is a great resource for educators; providing students a hands on opportunity to explore a riparian habitat that is renown with ornithologists and wildlife photographers.  Our knowledgeable Park Rangers can create tailored educational opportunities for your group.  To inquire about coordinating a field trip, call (602) 262-6863 or E-mail the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area Park Rangers.