Rattlesnake Cove


Rattlesnake Cove provides direct access to Bartlett Reservoir. Rattlesnake Cove has a sloping beach suitable for use in many water recreation activities. This area boasts of beautiful vistas of the desert with mountains in the background. The beach at Rattlesnake Cove is generally gently sloping with gradual change in water depths. Enjoy this primitive area with your friends and family by bringing your own grill and gear.

At a Glance

Fees Day –use only; Tonto Daily Pass per vehicle per day, Discovery Pass or an America the Beautiful Interagency Pass required. Recreation Fee Information
Open Season: January - December
Restrictions: Stay limit 1 day, no motor boats allowed, day use only, and no trailers. The desert has little to offer as fuel for grilling, so bring your own charcoal wood. Picnic tables w/ grills, trash service, fishing dock. Glass containers prohibited.
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault toilets equipped with grab bars.

General Information


This site is 21 miles east of Carefree. From Carefree, take Cave Creek Road 7 miles, turn right on Bartlett Dam Road and continue for 12 ½ miles then turn left on FR 459. Travel ½ mile on FR 459 and turn right into the site. Click Here For Map.

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Beaches & Dunes

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Nature Viewing

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Boating - Non-Motorized

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