Mesa Ranger District

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Mesa Ranger District

The Mesa Ranger District is located north and east of the town of Apache Junction, and consists of approximately 430,000 acres (approximately 170,000 hectares) of Desert, Semi-desert Grassland, Chaparral, Pinyon-Juniper types of vegetation as well as a small area of Ponderosa Pine. The very popular Lower Salt River, Saguaro Lake and Canyon Lake are located on this district. Mesa Ranger District is notable for its extremely popular water activities. Saguaro Lake and Canyon Lake provide an excellent opportunity to use both motorized and non-motorized boats. The Salt River that cuts through the Mesa Ranger District is the home of Arizona’s famous Salt River Tubing. During summer months, this district is very populated because of the close proximity to the busy city and easy access to fun recreation opportunities.

Contact Information:

Address: 5140 E. Ingram St., Mesa, Arizona 85205
Phone: (480) 610-3300
Fax: (480) 610-3346

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Areas for Campground Camping at Mesa Ranger District

RV Camping

Areas for RV Camping at Mesa Ranger District

Group Camping

Areas for Group Camping at Mesa Ranger District

Dispersed Camping

Areas for Dispersed Camping at Mesa Ranger District


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Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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Outdoor Learning

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Water Activities

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