Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Granite Reef


Granite Reef picnicking site is the closest site to Mesa. Because of its close proximity to a major city, Granite Reef is very popular. Sitting next to the Lower Salt River, Granite Reef offers the ability to launch non-motorized boats along with shoreline fishing. This riparian area is outstanding for bird watching for warblers, shore birds and spring and fall migratory fowl. Fishermen use this area year-round.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Day use only
Open Season: Year round
Restrictions: Stay limit 1 day, No trailers, no motor boats allowed, day use only. No glass containers. Pets must be on a leash.
Closest Towns: Mesa, Lower Salt River Recreation
Water: Not Available
Restroom: Vault toilets (accessible)
Passes:   Tonto Daily Pass or Tonto Discovery Pass are required. Tonto Daily Passes may be purchased at the fee machines located at Pebble Beach, Saguaro Del Norte, Palo Verde, Phon D Sutton, or from a retail vendorAmerica the Beautiful Passes are accepted.  
Information Center: Mesa Ranger District (480)-610-3300

General Information


This site is located 14 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 7 miles to the site. This is the first site next to the river coming from the west on Bush Highway. Click Here For Map.

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1,300 feet