About Arizona & The Lower Salt River

Arizona is famous in Western lore: Cowboys, Indians, outlaws, and miners come to mind. A place that is hot, dry, dusty, where justice was served at the end of pistol and where the frontier ethos still exists to this day.

All of present-day Arizona became part of the Mexican State of Vieja California upon the Mexican assertion of independence from Spain in 1822. The United States took possession of most of Arizona at the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848.

In 1853, the land below the Gila River was acquired from Mexico in the Gadsden Purchase. Arizona was administered as part of the Territory of New Mexico until it was organized into a separate territory on February 24, 1863. Arizona was admitted into the Union – officially becoming a U.S. state – on February 14, 1912, which is why we’re sometimes given the nickname the ‘Valentine State’.

Our Neighborhood – The Lower Salt River

The lower stretch of the Salt River, below Saguaro Lake, runs right alongside our property. Controlled by dams like the Stewart Mountain Dam just upstream, the lower Salt River flows year round and is one of the most scenic settings in our State, with abundant Arizona Upland Sonoran Desert vegetation and wildlife. The lower Salt River area is ideal for fishing, bird-watching or observing wildlife.

Wildlife to Watch*

Wildlife can best be viewed by leisurely walking or riding along the river, or floating downstream in a kayak or inner tube. Bald eagle, osprey, peregrine falcon, Harris’s hawk, heron, egret, waterfowl, and other riparian and upland birds are frequently seen.

Many species of migratory songbirds also appear during the spring to nest in the area, such as black-chinned and Costa’s hummingbirds, vermilion and ash-throated flycatchers, Bell’s vireo, Lucy’s warbler, and hooded oriole.

Mistletoe clumps in the mesquite and cottonwood trees attract a variety of wintering birds which feed on the abundant berries, such as phainopepla, northern mockingbird, western bluebird, American robin, and cedar waxwing.

Bighorn sheep, deer, javelina, coyotes, fox, bob cats, raccoons, skunks, and other mammals may be seen on the hillsides or coming to water, depending on the time of day. River otters are occasionally seen along the riverbank or swimming in the water.

Of the various lizards, snakes, and toads found in the area, the gopher snake, coachwhip, western diamond-backed rattlesnake, desert spiny and zebra-tailed lizards, and Woodhouse’s toad are most common.

*Source Reference: http://www.wildlifeviewingareas.com/wv-app/ParkDetail.aspx?ParkID=105

Trout Fishing the Salt River

One of the most overlooked fishing experiences in this area is trout fishing the Salt River below Saguaro Lake. Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish and Catfish can all be found in the waters of the Salt River below Saguaro Lake. Take advantage of this year-round trout fishery in the summer when the air temperatures are 100°F and the water is 65°F. You can learn more about fishing in this area at the AZ Game & Fish Department.

Contact Us

If you’re ready to book your next Arizona vacation, you can make your reservation online. For general information, or for destination wedding and corporate events, call 480-984-2194 or email saguarolakeranch@gmail.com.

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