Why We Live Here
Gold Canyon is an upscale community that offers both unparalleled beauty and small-town atmosphere as well as close proximity to the big-city amenities found in Phoenix, Apache Junction, or Mesa. Gold Canyon is adjacent to the Superstition Mountain Wilderness and is located at the foothills of Superstition Mountain. The area offers thousands of square miles of public land for hiking, bike riding, photography, camping and other outdoor sports. There are five 18-hole championship length golf courses within Gold Canyon and dozens more within a 30-minute drive.
Gold Canyon is made up of year-round residents, as well as seasonal “snow-birds” who come to the area to escape the snow and cold in the areas they migrate from. The weather is terrific with plenty of sunshine, no snowfall (except on the peaks of the Superstition Mountain), and beautiful days and nights filled with mild and hot temperatures. The views of the Superstition Mountain, along with evening sunsets, makes Gold Canyon one of the most picturesque areas in all of Arizona. It is a great place to call home.
- Incorporated Unincorporated
- Area 22.4 sq. mi.
- Elevation 1,982’
- County Pinal
- Website https://goldcanyon.net
- Population 11,612 (2021 est.)
- Population Density 519.3 per sq. mi.
- Median Age 65.2
- Families with Kids Under 18 10%
- Average Household Income $103,061
- Overall Cost of Living 111.3
Gold Canyon Arizona is a newer, well maintained unincorporated city in Pinal County about 45 minutes east of the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. The area is considered by many as an upscale East Phoenix Valley community that has many affordable homes. Many of the community’s homes have been built since about 2000.
The Superstitions are the largest of the mountain ranges surrounding Phoenix, visible from many miles away along the straight roads through the suburbs east of Mesa. They rise steeply above the flat desert to a high point of 5,024 feet, and are characterized by sheer-sided, jagged, volcanic peaks and ridges separated by boulder-filled canyons, all covered by saguaro at low elevations, with other cacti and bushes higher up. Trees are found only at scattered locations, at springs or beside streamways. Early settlers named the hills on account of the many myths and stories told by the local Pima/Apache Indians about the mountains.
Canyon Lake is one of four reservoirs that were formed by the damming of the Salt River in the U.S. state of Arizona. The lake was formed by the Mormon Flat Dam, which was completed in 1925 after two years of construction. Canyon Lake, with a surface area of 950 acres is the third and smallest of four lakes created along the Salt River. Two others, Apache Lake and Roosevelt Lake are upstream. The fourth, Saguaro Lake, is downstream.
Major Attractions and Events
- Apache Trail
- Arizona Renaissance Festival
- Canyon Lake
- Dolly Steamboat
- Gold Canyon Arts Festival
- Goldfield Ghost Town
- Superstition Mountain Museum
- Superstition Mountain Wilderness Hiking Area
- Gold Canyon Café
- The Gold Stallion
- The Prospector Grill
- Oldies Ice Cream
- Waffle On Inn