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