New River Trail

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The New River Trail parallels its generally dry namesake waterway through the populous Phoenix suburbs of Peoria and Glendale. The entire route is paved and uninterrupted, with undercrossings offering safe passage under every road. Along the way, the trail provides access to a number of neighborhoods, businesses and parks.

From the trail's newer southern end in Glendale, the popular Westgate Entertainment District and both the University of Phoenix Stadium—home of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals—and Gila River Arena—home of the NHL's Arizona Coyotes—can be reached via a short but sometimes hairy on-road route along W. Glendale Avenue.

In Peoria, trailside Rio Vista Community Park features a lake at its center and offers a skate park, splash park, picnic areas, athletic fields, drinking fountains and restrooms. The Skunk Creek Trail branches off from the New River Trail in the park, providing access to northern neighborhoods of Peoria and Glendale, as well as the much longer Arizona Canal Path.

Parking and Trail Access

Plentiful parking is available in Rio Vista Community Park (8866 W. Thunderbird Road) in Peoria.


Took a Wrong Turn

   February, 2016 by acewickwire

Starting point was the Rio Vista Community Park. The park has plenty of parking and very nice facilities. We went up stream staying on the right side of the canal. The path was nicely paved asphalt and in some sections cement. Before long the trail crossed more

Love the trail

   September, 2015 by rnettles214

We live 100 yards from the trail 99th and Peoria. We are so happy that you have completed the trail from Olive to Glendale. We rode it this morning and it is amazing so much to enjoy on the way great job landscaping...we like to stop and do our photography. more

Trail Openings

   September, 2015 by enerosgirl

Thank You Glendale for opening the gates. My last two rides I was able to cross the major streets with no problem at all. In fact we were able to make our first 12.5 mile trip today. Ok Don't laugh we are just beginning, but we road from Bethany Home more