Peralta Road Dispersed Camping
Shari  G.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2021

Quiet, Gorgeous, Tons of Hiking!

Drive through the town of Gold Canyon AZ, and you quickly leave behind the sprawl of suburban Phoenix, but embrace the sprawling landscape of the Sonoran Desert which is brimming with life in the spring. The unpaved road leads to multiple pull-offs and side roads where you can find the perfect spot to tuck away and camp for as long as you like.  Embrace the sun and bring your solar panels and plenty of cold drinks -- you'll be rewarded with amazing sunrises and sunsets and all the peace and quiet you can stand.  You may get lucky and find some partial shade under a Palo Verde, too.

Though adjacent to Tonto National Forest and the Superstition Mountains Wilderness Area, the camping along Peralta Rd. is on Arizona State Lands. Use of this land, for any reason or purpose, requires a special individual permit. These annual permits are available online, https://asld.secure.force.com/recreationalpermit/ and cost $20 (plus $1 online processing fee). The permit is good for 1 year (deal of the century!) and allows access to any other Arizona State Lands where a permit is required. 

While there are no services available at any of the camping spots, water, gas, or groceries are a short drive back into town. The hiking, and biking opportunities are amazing right around camp via the numerous and unlabeled OHV trails, or a short drive to the Peralta Canyon trailhead. This Forest Service parking area requires either a Tonto Pass, or Interagency Pass, or$10 day pass (available through a self-pay kiosk) serves as the start of many trails that will lead you into the gorgeous Superstition Mountains. Both the road, parking areas and trails are super busy on the weekends, so plan accordingly. During the popular hiking months, Forest Service Volunteers will regulate the parking area, so don't think that you'll get away without buying a pass. The ticket is more expensive.

  • Full moon rising over camp.
  • Hiking up the Peralta Trail.
  • Hey buds!
  • Magical sunsets galore.
  • It's spring...the Strawberry Hedgehog Cacti bloomed while we were camping here!
  • Goodnight Arizona.
  • View from the top of the Peralta Trail...it's worth getting to the summit!
  • Saguaros galore.
  • Good morning Superstition Mountains!
  • We installed this new 12V cooler while camping here.  Check out our how to video:  https://youtu.be/B_y60ZGcZvc
  • The partial shade from a Palo Verde is a god send.
  • Check out the bovine visitor that photo bombs us!
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