Help Us Conserve
​The Superstition Foothills

Land Plan

Click here for information about the Superstition

Area Land Plan.

How We Started



Who We Are

This land is pristine Sonoran Desert foothills, rich in native habitat, wildlife, and watersheds. It is a small portion of the over 9 million acres managed by the Arizona State Land Department whose mandate is to use state trust land ‘for the sole purpose of generating revenues’ for beneficiaries such as Arizona K-12 education.

As urban sprawl creeps eastward from the Phoenix suburbs, pressure from developers to buy state trust land increases. Recognizing that these boundary state trust lands were vulnerable, the Superstition Area Land Trust began working with local, county, state and federal entities to conserve the land as natural open space.

Not everyone can donate time to conservation efforts.  We understand that but your donation is just as important to the Superstition Area Land Trust (SALT) as your time. 

The Economic Benefits of Open Space and Trails in Pinal County, Arizona 
In 2008, The Trust for Public Land (TPL) held an open application process for an economic analysis of open lands pilot study in the West. TPL received many well-qualified applications from counties across the West. TPL selected Pinal County, Arizona, The report is a complete analysis of the economic benefits of Pinal County’s parks, open space, and trails.

Click here to read this important and informative report.

In 1993, the Superstition Area Land Trust (SALT)  was born when concerned residents Anne Coe, Rosemary Shearer, Phyllis Summers, George Johnston, Tom Kollenborn and others created a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational corporation to protect and preserve Arizona State Trust Lands bordering the southern slope of the Superstition Wilderness Area.
  • To educate the public about State Trust Land and its vulnerability to development. Foster the understanding that there is no mechanism in place for the protection and conservation of State Trust Land other than outright purchase.
  • ​Work with all stakeholders, including state and local government, NGOs, companies and the public to protect lands that border the Superstition Wilderness Area.
  • ​​Improve and expand our public outreach and education programs to encourage people to experience the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert and join the Superstition Area Land Trust’s efforts to conserve it.

Superstition Area Land Trust profiled by the Sonoran Institute.

In 2012, the Sonoran Institute published an article summarizing the value of conserving the state trust lands in the Superstition Mountain area.  Click here to read the entire article.