Area Status: Open

Goldfield Day Use Area

This site is one of the most popular inner tube take-out points. This lush area is outstanding for birding. The Lower Salt River Nature Trail winds through an adjacent riparian area, allowing hikers to enjoy this unique habitat. Goldfield is a popular river-access point (RAP) for tubers floating the Lower Salt River.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closure order is to protect public health and safety due to unsafe conditions posed by flash flooding and increased water levels. The closure order is in effect from March 28, 2023, at 6:00am through April 19, 2023, at 8:00am, unless rescinded.
Operational Hours: Day Use Only
Open Season: Year round
Restrictions: Stay limit 1 day, trailers under 40', no motor boats allowed, pets must be on leash, no glass containers in the lower salt river area, caution: fallen trees and other material in the river can trap swimmers and floaters, beware: alcohol, sun, and water are a deadly combination.
Closest Towns: Mesa, Lower Salt River Recreation
Water: Not Available
Restroom: Accessible restrooms available April 15 – October 14, annually.
Passes:  The links below provide additional information on pricing and purchasing information.
Information Center: Mesa Ranger District (480) 610-3300

General Information


This site is located 19 miles northeast of Mesa. From Mesa, travel 7 miles east on the Superstition Freeway (US 60) to Power Road /Bush Highway/Forest Road (FR) 204 and turn north. Follow Bush Highway for 11 miles to FR 169, and turn left. Follow FR 169 one mile to the site. The entire route is paved. View and download a map.

General Notes:

Bald Eagle Seasonal Closures  - December 1 to June 30

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


River and Stream Fishing

Fish Species:  Rainbow Trout; Largemouth, Smallmouth and Yellow Bass; Crappie; Sunfish; Channel and Flathead Catfish; Walleye; Tilapia


3 ramadas

No. of Sites 2

Boating - Non-Motorized


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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1,400 feet