Like San Tan Valley, Gold Canyon is neither a town nor city. It is simply a place that awaits formal incorporation into nearby locales. Located in the northern region of the Pinal County, Gold Canyon has one of the smallest populations in both Maricopa and Pinal Counties with just 10,000+ residents.
Right next to this great place is Apache Junction, which is considered an easy gateway to cities of Phoenix, Mesa and Tempe. Some locals call Gold Canyon the “Gold Camp” but that’s not the right name. This place’s name is also unofficial because it hasn’t been formally incorporated.
Things to Do in Gold Canyon
Like Apache Junction, a visit to Gold Canyon is like saying “give me more adventure!” Gold Canyon is another gateway to nature trekking and other adventures that are perfect for individuals, couples and families.
If you love golf and you’re bringing clients or business partners with you, head over to the Dinosaur Mountain Golf Course, where LPGA holds one of its annual tours. The golf course is part of the Gold Canyon Resort so if you’re looking for relaxation and a daily game of golf, look no further.
For hardcore nature lovers, you’re going to adore the Hieroglyphic Canyon Trail. Get up close an personal with the desert and its stunning beauty and of course, when you see the hieroglyphs, you better pull out your camera quick!
The trail itself is very safe but you’re up against the sun if you begin your hike in the morning up to afternoon so just bring a little sun protect to get you through the day. Bring some snacks too, because it’s a great long trek.
An alternative destination for trekking lovers is Peralta Canyon, which traverses one of the main trails across the famed Superstition Mountain. This particular trekking trail is best suited for people who love rocky trails. You’re going to get a spectacular view of unique looking rock formations and if you’re coming with friends, you’re likely to enjoy the whole day taking pictures and exploring the many areas along the nature track.
In the event that walking isn’t your thing, your best bet would be Don Donnelly’s D-Spur Ranch & Stables. Don Donnelly provides tourists and local visitors a chance to admire nature while enjoying a most rejuvenating horseback ride across the trail.
This business often offers discounts (you just have to find the coupon codes) and the guided tours themselves are best enjoyed with a group of people, say ten or twelve. This is not to say that you won’t enjoy yourself riding with your partner/spouse only.
The guided tours will give you a breathtaking view of the surrounding areas, especially the mountains. Don Donnelly’s is open from Monday through Saturday and judging from the current reviews, they have been constantly striving to improve their service with best-informed guides and a route that’s truly fascinating for the majority of tourists.
Gold Canyon Homes
For all its majesty and natural beauty, homes in Gold Canyon are relatively inexpensive especially if you’re looking for a small house for yourself or a growing family. The average price of single, detached homes in this part of the Apache Trail is $159,000.
For this price you will get at least 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a minimum of 1,500 square feet of floor space. Lot sizes vary greatly but it’s possible to find a small house perched on an 8,000 square foot lot that is ripe for further development. The land value in Gold Canyon is very similar to Apache Junction so prepare to pay at least $102 for residential lots if you decide to purchase a single lot so you can develop it yourself.
Moving up the scale, we have properties with a price tag of at least $240,000. These properties have a minimum of 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a lot size in excess of 6,000 square feet. Like other cities, the $250,000 category provides at least 1,500 square feet of floor space.
While the spaces of economy and super-economy properties are the same, we cannot say that the amenities are also identical. For one, the really inexpensive properties often have small and very simple kitchens with a few appliances.
As you move up the real estate scale, vital spaces like the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen become more and more spacious and beautiful, especially if the home owner has commissioned for a remodeling to be done on these spaces prior to the sale of the house.
Of course, if you’re going to buy properties that have been foreclosed, don’t be too hopeful that any remodeling has been done on the properties in the past few years. The same reminder applies to homes that are presently on “short sale.” On the upside, these properties are cheaper and for some people they’re very attractive and practical because you can just improve the property after buying it.
Now, if you’re looking for something a little more upscale and with easy access to the golf course, you may want to look at homes available in areas such as Twisted Leaf Drive. There are many private lots here that offer not only a short drive to the resort and golf course but also panoramic views of the mountain.
You’ll never feel that you’re out of touch with nature when you live in a strategic area that has sufficient elevation to give you a nice, panoramic view. A $400,000 property here would give you at least four bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a floor space of almost 5,000 square feet.
The total lot size would be around 8,000-10,000 square feet, which means that there will be plenty of additional space for development. Another location that you may want to check out if you want a perpetual view of the mountains is Last Chance Trail. Properties here are tagged at $600,000 and above. With that price, you will get five spacious bedrooms, at least four bathrooms and a total floor space of 3,300 square feet. Expect lot sizes to be at least half an acre.