Arizona Canal Path

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The Arizona Canal Path is one of the longest multi-use trails in Maricopa County, running between Peoria, Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale and the Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community along both sides of the Arizona Canal, one of the county's vital waterways. The trail, paved at times and unpaved at others, provides access to a large number of residences, commercial centers, schools and other recreational opportunities.

One highlight is charming downtown Scottsdale and its stunning Soleri Bridge and Plaza, designed by the celebrated architect and opened in 2010. The trail also connects to a number of other trails along its route, including the Southern Canal Path, Cave Creek Wash Trail, Skunk Creek Trail, Indian Bend Wash TrailOld Cross Cut Canal Park Path, Crosscut Canal Path and Pima Road Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Arizona Canal Path is available in Thunderbird Paseo Park (W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale) and Granada Park (6505 N. 20th Street, Phoenix).


Fun Ride - Underpasses can be dangerous

   October, 2016 by jules196006

Riding along the trail is great, except for one thing. The underpasses often have homeless people sleeping within. It's dangerous for them, and it's dangerous for bike groups coming through. I led a bike group of about 10 cyclists through one of the underpasses, more

Sun Circle Trail

   June, 2015 by gim820

Another nice Phoenix area trail is the Sun Circle that starts at McDowell Road. Park at Sheepherders Park. Like the Arizona Canal Trail, the Sun Circle Trail parallels a canal with rideable paths on both sides. Riding south one can merge to the Heritage, more

Nice underpasses keep you moving.

   March, 2015 by schilling

We rode from 16th Street to 19th Avenue and back to get a taste of this trail, after riding part of the Western Canal trail earlier in the day. The surface is older but in good shape, very rideable. There are paved paths on both sides of the canal, with more