Roads pass through the Goldfield Mountains and parts of the Sonoran Desert.
At a Glance
FREE permit required from the Mesa Ranger District office at 5140 E. Ingram St, Mesa, AZ 85205; 480-610-3300. Permits can be requested online or by email. The permit will be emailed to you within 48 hours (except weekends and hollidays). Click here to request a permit online.
Obtain a free six month permit, for 6 people (per household), from the Mesa Ranger District office or request permit online (click here) prior to entry into Bulldog Canyon. Access gates are locked, and the permit contains the lock combinations.
January - December
Operate vehicles only on roads designated as open by brown fiberglass vertical makers. All roads and routes other than FR 10 and FR 12, 1356, 3512, 3556, and 3554 are closed to motorized travel. The area south of Bush Highway (approximately ½ mile) in the Lower Salt River Recreation Area is closed to camping and target shooting. Glass containers are prohibited. Road conditions are primitive in some areas, and require 4-wheel-drive. Road length: FR 10 is 7 miles long. FR 3554 is 4 miles long. Practice “Leave No Trace” ethics: PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT!! Carry an adequate supply of drinking water. Please help us care for this fragile environment by ensuring that all fires are “dead out.”
Access #1- Forest Road (FR) 10, north entrance: This access point is reached through the Lower Salt River Recreation Area. From Mesa: Travel east for 7 miles on the Superstition Freeway (US 60) to Power Road/ BushHwy/Forest Road (FR) 204 and turn north. Follow Bush Hwy. for approximately 13 miles to the FR 10 junction with FR 204 west of the bridge at Blue Point Recreation Site.
Access #2- Forest Road (FR) 3554, west entrance: This entrance is ¾ mile north of Usery Pass Country Park. From Mesa, travel east 10 miles on the Superstition Freeway (US 60) to the Ellsworth exit. Follow Ellsworth approximately 8 miles to Forest Road (FR) 3554 and turn right.
Access #3- Forest Road (FR) 10, south entrance: This access point is reached from Apache Junction. From Mesa: Travel 15 miles east on the Superstition Freeway (US 60) to the Idaho Street exit. Follow Idaho Street north 4½ miles to McKellips. Turn right on McKellips and travel ½ mile to the Wolverine Pass Road and turn left. Follow it for 7/8 mile and turn right on Tonto Road. Travel north on Tonto Road for ¼ mile to Cactus and turn left. Follow Cactus to McDowell Road and follow it to FR 10 gate.