Salt River Canyon rest area reopens to drivers

Facility available for use after being closed for several years

PHOENIX – Travelers along US 60 between Globe and Show Low once again have a place to stop and rest. Much needed renovations to the Salt River Canyon rest area have been completed, and the facility is now open.

The rest area received restroom building upgrades, replacement of the composting toilet system, water well work and solar panels to power the facility as part of the project.

Now that the Salt River Canyon rest area is open, it will be maintained by Infrastructure Corporation of America, the private entity that manages the operation and maintenance of the rest areas through a public-private partnership with the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The Salt River Canyon rest area has been closed for the last several years due to extensive repair needs for which there was no funding. In 2011, ADOT started a $17.4 million rest area rehabilitation program that prioritized rest area repair projects and began to include them in the state’s Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program. 

This program provided the needed funds to renovate and reopen the rest area.

There are a total of 15 rest areas along the state highways in Arizona.

A map of rest area locations can be found in the Map Book at azdot.gov/maps.

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