Phon D Sutton

Area Status: Open

Phon D Sutton Rec Site

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.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Day use only
Rentals & Guides:
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. The 15 Picnic tables/units are “grouped” under 6 separate shade ramadas.
Closest Towns: Mesa, Saguaro Lake Marina
Water: Not Available
Restroom: Vault toilets, suitable for wheelchair users
Passes: Tonto Daily Pass or Tonto Discovery Pass are required. Tonto Daily Passes may be purchased at the fee machine on site, or from a retail vendorAmerica the Beautiful Passes are accepted.
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

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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