Dogs living in Phoenix are lucky to have access to the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area Trails. Just 11 miles south of downtown Phoenix, this restoration area was once a dump site. Furtunately, it has been cleaned up and is now an inviting area with furrific trails to explore!
Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area has six different
trailheads. All of the trails run parallel to the Salt River, which used to run
all year round. North Overbank Trail travels along the north side of the Rio
Salado riverbed. It stretches just over 3.5 miles, and is paved with asphalt.
This trail is multi-use, so expect to see cyclists, strollers, runners, and of
course, other dog walkers! North Terrace Trail is also on the north side of the
river. This pawsome trail is natural surface and is meant for equestrians. So
if you opt for this trail, make sure your pup can behave around horses.
On the south side of the riverbed, you will find the South
Overbank Trail. Like its northern counterpart, this trail is paved with asphalt
and is a pupular spot for cyclists, runners, and roller bladers. While trotting
down this trail, your pooch will have views of South Mountain and downtown
Phoenix. The 3.2 mile South Terrace Trail is another equestrian trail. Your
pooch is welcome to wander down this riparian path as long as they yield to
any oncoming horse traffic.
Please note that while all of the trailheads have drinking water, parking, and infurmation kiosks, not all of them have restrooms. The trails are quite exposed and have little shade. Since temperatures can be quite warm in these parts, it’s super impawtant that you bring plenty of water for both you and your doggo. Also, have some clean up bags on hand and ready to go.
For a short walk, or a lazy afternoon, you and your pup will love the trails at Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area!