Phon D Sutton Day Use Area

Area Status: Open

Phon D Sutton Day Use Area

This site is a popular inner tube take-out point. 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. The 15 Picnic tables/units are “grouped” under 6 separate shade ramadas.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Day Use Only
Open Season: Year round
Restrictions: Stay limit 1 day, trailers under 44', no motor boat allowed, pets must be on leash, no glass containers in the lower salt river area, caution: fallen trees and other materials in the river can trap swimmers and floaters, beware: alcohol, sun and water are a deadly combination.
Closest Towns: Mesa, Saguaro Lake Marina
Water: Not Available
Restroom: Vault toilets, suitable for wheelchair users
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 16 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 9 miles to FR 169, and turn left. Follow FR 169 for 1 mile to the site. The entire route is paved.

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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


There are 6 Shade Ramadas with picnic tables underneath them. Grills, tables and ramadas are on compacted ground, but DO NOT have designated, paved routes.

No. of Sites 15

Boating - Non-Motorized

There are no designated docks, ramps, or launch sites. Motor boats are not allowed.


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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1,320 feet