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Salt River Canyon

  • Scenic Salt River Canyon near Globe AZ
  • Winding road through Salt River Canyon in Arizona
  • Rainbow over the Salt River Canyon
  • Salt River Canyon bridge


  • The Salt River Canyon scenic drive takes visitors from deserts to high elevation forests.
  • The route begins in Globe and treats visitors to fantastic scenery on the way to the high country in Show Low.
  • Recreational opportunities abound along the way.

Salt River Canyon



The Salt River Canyon is sometimes overlooked in favor of it's big brother, Grand Canyon but this drive has fantastic scenery along its path. The drive begins near the town of Globe on U.S. 60 and passes through dry desert on its way to the pines of northern Arizona. Road and weather conditions can be obtained from the Forest Service office in Globe.  
The early portion of the road enters Tonto National Forest, an area of desert landscapes with rugged mountains in the distance. Pull outs and picnic areas along the route offer great opportunities for photos and to enjoy the view. After about 30 miles, travelers pass through the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. Nearby Seneca Lake is a great spot to fish for largemouth bass, catfish and trout. Seneca Falls affords views of a beautiful waterfall and basalt canyon walls. 

The road continues to descend 2,000 feet into the canyon. Be sure to stop at the Salt River Canyon Overlook for dramatic views of the many geologic layers that make up the canyon walls. In the same area, Hieroglyphic Point is the site of Native American petroglyphs dating back some 3,000 years. Twisting curves and switchbacks lead to the bottom of the canyon and the banks of the Salt River. This area is popular for whitewater rafting during the short spring season. A detour on an unpaved 4-mile primitive road follows the river to the trailhead for Cibecue Falls where a one mile hike leads to crystal clear falls and cool waters. U.S. 60 continues up and out of the Salt River Canyon as it climbs to the top of the Mogollon Rim. Here, the scenery changes from desert to tall pines, primarily Ponderosa, and the looming White Mountains. The route concludes in the town of Show Low. Visitors with plenty of time can consider traveling the Coronado Trail from nearby Springerville for another amazing trip.

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