Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area Trails

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Trail Distance: 14 miles
Time Estimate: 5 hr 30 min+
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description

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!

Trail Features
River, Desert, Easy Incline
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
As any pup living in Phoenix knows the summers can be unbarkably hot. During the warmer months, plan your walk in the early morning, or closer to sunset.
Address
2439 S Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Address
2439 S Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset