Key Accomplishments

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The Superstition Area Land Trust (SALT) has achieved numerous milestones in our mission to conserve and protect the natural beauty and heritage of the Superstition Mountains. Below are some of our key accomplishments:


Superstition Area Land Plan and Superstition Vistas

SALT’s Superstition Area Land Plan encompassed 104 square miles of State Lands in the Foothills, recommending conservation for 43% and development for 57%. The larger Superstition Vistas (275 sq. miles) incorporated more State Land to the south and west, and drew scenarios in which community, a robust economy and functional ecosystems could live in balance without one dominating the others.


Silly Mountain Restoration and Trail System

SALT has played a crucial role in restoring and maintaining the Silly Mountain trail system. This project has involved the creation of sustainable trails, habitat restoration, and the development of interpretive signage to educate visitors about the unique flora and fauna of the area. The restoration efforts have transformed Silly Mountain into a beloved recreational area for hiking, bird watching, and enjoying the natural landscape.


Silly Mountain Botanical Walk

In addition to the trail system, SALT established the Silly Mountain Botanical Walk. This educational trail features a variety of native plant species, providing visitors with a chance to learn about the local vegetation and its ecological significance. The botanical walk has become a popular destination for both locals and tourists interested in the Sonoran Desert's diverse plant life.


Lost Goldmine Trail

SALT has been instrumental in the development and maintenance of the Lost Gold Mine Trail. This trail offers hikers a challenging yet rewarding experience, with breathtaking views and a deep connection to the region's rich mining history. By preserving this trail, SALT ensures that the legends and natural beauty of the Superstition Mountains remain accessible to the public. Click here to read this important and informative report.


Toney Ranch

SALT has preserved historical sites like Toney Ranch, offering a glimpse into the region's heritage and early settler lifestyles. In August 2008, using in-lieu fee funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, SALT purchased Tony Ranch in Haunted Canyon, Tonto National Forest. Originally homesteaded in 1915 by William Toney, the property includes a 1919 log cabin, remnants of a corral, and an apple orchard. Despite challenges in farming and cattle ranching, the property remained in private hands until SALT acquired it for preservation, ensuring its historical significance endures.


The Outpost

In March 2002, SALT preserved a piece of Arizona's history by purchasing a 5-acre riparian property near the Peralta Trailhead with private donations. Initially used as an Outpost campsite, it later reverted to SALT's stewardship. The ecologically rich land features diverse plants and a seasonal waterway.


Superstition Foothills Destination Park Exploratory Committee

The preponderance of SALT’s support has been in the local communities of Gold Canyon and Apache Junction, with limited population and influence. SALT formed the SFDPEC with the assumption that a regional, collaborative approach would be more profitable. The group consists of prominent leaders from Phoenix’s East Valley and Pinal County, representing over 1-1/2 million residents.