Phon D Sutton
Nolan S.
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2019

Phon D Sutton

Phon D Sutton is one in a series of picnic areas along the salt river. This is for daytime use and not available for overnight camping. The only area available to camp is Coons Bluff.

The picnic areas starting from power road moving east are Granite reef, Phon D Sutton, Coons Bluff, Blue Point on the north, Pebble Beach on the south, and the Water Users or main drop point at the end. All of these require a Tonto pass which is $8 at nearby convenient stores or you can buy a year pass for $88 I believe at the rangers station.

We kayaked from the Water Users drop point to Phon D Sutton in a couple hours, stopping along the way.

Phon D Sutton, along with all the other picnic sites have vault toilets and you can get cell service. Every time I have been, the trash cans are overfilling and there are piles of trash left behind by weekend holiday tubers. If you go on the weekend, expect to hear loud music and drunk people.

Weekdays are great and you might be one of the only one out there.

The salt river wildlife makes up for the sometimes messy picnic area. I have never been out there and not seen the wild horses, various birds, fish, and plant life that this area has to offer. There are a few good swimming pools along this beach area and all throughout the river too.

Three stars for the picnic area because I mainly use it as a pick up point but five stars for the salt river(especially not on a holiday weekend!!!)

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