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Tres Rios Wetlands, AZ

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Abbey's Way Trail #151
Abbey's Way Trail #151
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Distance Lasso-Loop 14 miles
Trailhead Elevation 967 feet
Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
Backpack No
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3  2022-03-06 gummo
14  2022-01-30 rrshort
11  2020-11-28 david_allen_3
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Maricopa Trail - Tres Rios/Estrella/I-10
22  2020-01-22
Tres Rios Birding
59  2017-12-28
MT - Guadalupe to Trilby
2  2017-10-26 gummo
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author avatar Guides 7
Routes 54
Photos 13,163
Trips 577 map ( 6,628 miles )
Age 59 Female Gender
Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Preferred Mar, Nov, Feb, Jan → 5 AM
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Sun  7:16am - 5:21pm
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Wings over Wastewater
by outdoor_lover

Overview: More Birding Opportunities abound in this little known Riparian Area along the Salt and Gila Rivers. This multi-functional facility located within the Greater Phoenix area, hosts a variety of Birds year round and provides a Scenic, Park like setting, with views of the Sierra Estrellas and South Mountain.

Warning: Entry is by Permit Only.

History: In 2000, the Army Corps of Engineers, in cooperation with the Maricopa County Flood Control District and the City of Phoenix, embarked on the Tres Rios Ecosystem Restoration and Flood Control Project. The Project encompasses 7 miles and approximately 1500 Acres along the Salt and Gila River Systems. Using Highly Treated Effluent Water from the City of Phoenix's 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Project involves a Flood Control Levee, Emergent Wetlands, and an Effluent Pump Station, as well as Riparian and Open Water Features, including large Ponds and Waterways. The Project is home to several types of Research, including Water Quality, Vegetation Sustainability, Mosquito Control, Non-lethal Beaver Control and Management, and Wildlife Diversity.

Hike: The Hike/Birding Route follows a Main Road into the Wetlands and then the Road splits for a while. Take the Left Road first and then you eventually have to meet up with the Main road again at a large Waterway just below the Dam. Walk up to the Dam and cross going West as far as you want to go, enjoying the Pond Areas to your right. The Road will eventually take you all the way to Avondale Boulevard, following the Salt River and it's eventual merge with the Gila River. You can make this Trip as short or as long as you want, and even do a Shuttle if you're so inclined, leaving a Vehicle at the other end, where Avondale Boulevard turns and becomes Indian Springs Road at the Phoenix International Raceway.

For more information on this Wetland, visit

Water Sources: No Drinking Water Sources

Camping: Not permitted.

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2013-06-08 outdoor_lover
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    Special Use

    Permit required to park and enter. Contact Heather Finden at 602-495-7477 or The permits are free of charge, valid for three (3) months and can be e-mailed with advance notice. Order by phone and the permit should arrive by mail in about 8-10 days.

    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To birding observation
    From I-10, exit on 91st Avenue and proceed South. Continue South, from the Broadway Road Intersection, for approximately 1 Mile. You will see the City of Phoenix Wastewater Facility on your left. Continue almost past the entire facility and you will see a small dirt road turnoff to your right with a small Parking Lot and gate. Park Here. You will also be given a Map of the Parking with your Permit.
    page created by outdoor_lover on Jun 08 2013 5:45 pm

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