​Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area​​



Parks and Recreation Services Update44Parks and Recreation Services Update<div class="ExternalClassF4C339E2F6614BDCBBABE70657A06CB7"><p>City of Phoenix recreation facilities are <strong>open</strong>​​. That includes all community and recreation centers, parks, trails, sports complexes, golf courses and <a href="/pgm">Pueblo Grande Museum</a>.<br></p><p>Indoor facilities are operating at limited capacity and indoor sports leagues are paused.<br></p><p>Additionally, the City of Phoenix is following CDC guidelines and are requiring a mask or face covering when inside city facilities, regardless of vaccination status.​ <span style="color:#efefef;">#homepage #allpks​</span>​</p><p><span style="color:#efefef;"><a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1068" target="_blank" style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Learn more about Parks and Recreation impacted services</a>​</span></p></div>9/1/2021 7:00:00 AM12/31/2021 7:00:00 AM



"Take a Hike. Do it Right." Hiking Safety Message3"Take a Hike. Do it Right." Hiking Safety Message<div class="ExternalClass0B12337F359B4FDC8525C8706510E9B5"><p>​City of Phoenix Park Rangers educate trail users to follow important <a href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_NRD/Take%20a%20Hike%20-%20Do%20it%20Right.pdf" target="_blank">"Take a Hike. Do it Right."</a> safety guidelines.​ Regardless of the weather or time of year, always hydrate before, during and after a hike.​ </p><p>During Arizona's warm weather months, Phoenix Park Rangers and the Phoenix Fire Department recommend hiking during the early morning or evening hours when it is cooler and there is more shade.<br></p><p>Trail users are encouraged to take advantage of extended summer hours at <a href="/parks/trails/locations/north-mountain">North Mountain Park</a> and <a href="/parks/trails/locations/piestewa-peak">Piestewa Peak Trailhead</a> in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, and <a href="/parks/trails/locations/south-mountain">Pima Canyon Trailhead​</a> in South Mountain Park/Preserve. Parking lot entrances are open until 9 p.m. at those locations from June 1 to September 30, 2021. <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1929">Read more about extended summer hours at city trailheads​</a>.​</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/PKS_NRD/Trail%20Rating%20Guide.pdf" target="_blank"> trail difficulty ratings</a> are raised one level when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. <span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#hikeright​</span></p><p>Dogs are prohibited on all City of Phoenix hiking trails when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. <a href="https://www.azhumane.org/events/dont-leave-pets-kids-hot-cars/" target="_blank">Learn how to keep pets safe during warm weather months</a>.</p><p>​The <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1858" target="_blank">annual ban of open fires in Phoenix's desert parks and mountain preserves​</a> went into effect May 1, 2021.​</p></div>4/18/2020 7:00:00 AM1/1/2022 7:00:00 AM



Rio Salado - 7th Street Trailhead Closure42Rio Salado - 7th Street Trailhead Closure<div class="ExternalClassF00D2DE7577D4A6FB7CE566F4712D9A3"><p><span style="font-size:19px;font-weight:700;box-sizing:border-box;color:#ff0000;">***TRAILHEAD CLOSED***</span><span style="font-family:hind, "open sans", sans-serif;font-size:19px;font-weight:700;background-color:#ffffff;color:#ff0000;"> </span>​<br></p><p>Effective February 28, 2021, and until further notice, the 7th Street Trailhead is temporarily closed and access to trails under the 7th Street bridge is restricted. The trailheads at 16th Street and Central Avenue are open, and hikers are able to travel west of 16th Street and east of Central Avenue, but will be required to turn around before reaching the area near the 7th Street bridge. ​<br></p><p>The closure was put in place following a gas utility line leak and fire in the area​ near the bridge​. The bridge reopened to vehicle and pedestrian traffic in August 2021. <a href="/streets/7thstsaltriverbridge" target="_blank">A project to refurbish the trails under the bridge, and revegetate the area around them, is scheduled to be completed in late November 2021</a>​​.​ <span style="color:#f2f2f2;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">#RioSalado</span></p></div>2/28/2021 7:00:00 AM11/30/2021 7:00:00 AM

​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


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:

Natural Resources Office
(Business Hours Only):

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.