• Scottsdale Multiuse Path

    State: AZ
    Length: 7.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    Scottsdale has several miles of multiuse paths and on-road bike lanes. The paths are accessible from several locations throughout the city. A detailed map is posted on the city's website. For more information about the Bicycle Program in Scottsdale or to request a Bicycle Map of the Metro Region, call 480-312-2308.

  • Old Cross Cut Canal Park Path

    State: AZ
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Old Cross Cut Canal Park Path is a 2 mile multiuse trail that runs parallel to N. 48th Street in Phoenix. It is a useful resource for the community, connecting nearby residences to schools, recreational facilities and shopping as it courses through its namesake linear park.

    From the trail's northern end, a short connector path leads to the much longer Arizona Canal Path.

  • 67th Avenue Trail

    State: AZ
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    This short trail parallels N. 67th Avenue in Glendale and follows the edge of the Thunderbird Conservation Park. The trail provides a connection between nearby residences and Mountain Ridge High School. Crossing 67th Avenue from the trail's southern end gives users access to the Hillcrest Ranch Trail.

  • Arizona Canal Path

    State: AZ
    Length: 69.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    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.

  • State Route 51 Trail

    State: AZ
    Length: 5.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The State Route 51 Trail parallels Arizona State Route 51, also known as the Piestewa Freeway, on a paved route between the Reach 11 Recreation Area and the golf course at E. Cactus Road near N. 42nd Street. The trail provides access to surrounding communities, county government facilities, schools, neighborhoods, hospitals and numerous parks and businesses.

  • Baseline Road to Eastern Canal Path

    State: AZ
    Length: 3.3 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    This trail passes through a landscaped greenway in an overhead electric utility corridor though the city of Gilbert, just outside Mesa and Phoenix. The trail runs from a junction with the Eastern Canal Path at its namesake waterway in Crossroads Park north to Baseline Road. The trail passes through a number of residential communities and provides an excellent recreational opportunity for nearby residents, while providing a connection to the numerous businesses along Baseline Road.

  • Bent Tree - Preston Hills - Casa Rica Trail

    State: AZ
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    This short trail carves its way along a greenway corridor through the neighborhoods of Bent Tree, Preston Hills and Casa Rica in Scottsdale. The trail provides recreational opportunities to residents of the surrounding communities and also connects to the Shea Boulevard Trail.

  • Cave Creek Wash Trail

    State: AZ
    Length: 9.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Cave Creek Wash Trail is a paved multi-use trail along the banks of Cave Creek in Phoenix. The trail consists of two disconnected segments, the longest of which is the southern section. This section also traverses Cave Creek Park and connects to both the Arizona Canal Path and the Cave Creek Tributary Trail. The shorter northern section provides access to Werner's Field Park.

    Both sections provide access to residences, businesses and other recreational opportunities.

  • Cave Creek Tributary Trail

    State: AZ
    Length: 4.1 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    This paved, multi-use trail runs along the banks of one of Cave Creek's tributaries and connects to the longer Cave Creek Wash Trail. The Cave Creek Tributary Trail provides access to numerous residences and businesses in Phoenix, especially the commercial strip along Cave Creek Road at the trail's eastern end.

  • Eastern Canal Path

    State: AZ
    Length: 19.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    The Eastern Canal Path spans the entire length of its namesake waterway through Mesa, Gilbert and Chandler in suburban Phoenix. The trail, which at times has a smooth paved surface and at others a coarse gravel, provides access to nearby residences, schools and parks.

    In the north, the unpaved path continues along the South Canal as the Southern Canal Path, in turn providing access to the massive Arizona Canal Path in the Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community. Take that trail westward to reach Scottsdale and Glendale.

  • Gainey Ranch Road Trail

    State: AZ
    Length: 1.1 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    This short trail parallels Gainey Ranch Road from Scottsdale Rotary Park to E. Mountain View Road. It offers a great family recreation opportunity to nearby residents.

  • Grand Canal Path

    State: AZ
    Length: 26.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Grand Canal Path is one of the longest multi-use trails in the Phoenix metropolitan area, linking the large cities of Glendale, Phoenix and Tempe. Like many of the area's trails, the Grand Canal Path follows an irrigation canal: in this case, the Grand Canal, which was built in 1878 and is the oldest remaining area canal north of the Salt River.

    For most of its route, the trail offers paved and gravel options on opposite sides of the canal, with the rougher surface generally preferred by equestrian users and joggers. Plans are currently in the works to upgrade the paved trail in Phoenix with additional neighborhood connections and minor landscaping improvements in the near future.

    From the Grand Canal Path's western end in Glendale, trail users can continue just a short distance farther west to reach the New River Trail, which heads north into Peoria.

  • Highline Lateral Canal Path

    State: AZ
    Length: 10.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    The Highline Lateral Canal Path runs along its namesake waterway through the Arizona cities of Phoenix and Tempe and the smaller town of Guadalupe. Open in several disconnected segments, the trail features both paved and gravel-surfaced sections, and the scenery varies from suburban homes to shopping centers to open fields with views of nearby hills.

    The longest continuous portion runs between W. South Mountain Avenue and Interstate 10 in Phoenix, although a tricky crossing of E. Baseline Road is a challenge on the eastern end. The trail has been improved with a paved surface on the south side of the canal between E. Baseline Road and S. Central Avenue along this stretch, making it the most popular with local residents. Just off (and reachable from) the trail, both Francisco Highland Park and Circle K Park offer recreational amenities, picnic areas and restrooms.

  • Hillcrest Ranch Trail

    State: AZ
    Length: 2.4 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    This short trail serves Hillcrest Ranch and the surrounding communities in Glendale. The trail also provides easy access to the short 67th Avenue Trail and can be connected to the much longer New River Trail using streets and sidewalks.

  • Central Arizona Project to Arizona Canal Trail

    State: AZ
    Length: 9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Central Arizona Project to Arizona Canal Trail links its two namesake waterways via a winding route through the north side of Scottsdale. Along the way, the trail connects to a number of other trails, including the Pima Road Trail, Indian Bend Wash Trail, Arizona Canal Path, Paradise Park Trail and Shea Boulevard Trail. The paved, tree-dotted path passes through a number of neighborhoods and offers access to several nearby parks and businesses.

    Mountain View Park is a highlight offering ballfields, a sand volleyball court, picnic areas, a playground and a community center. You will also get beautiful views of Marguerite Lake along the trail. Not far from the trail's northern endpoint, Horizon Park is another landmark, with its several ballfields and scenic mountain backdrop.

  • Indian Bend Wash Trail

    State: AZ
    Length: 6.2 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Indian Bend Wash Trail follows the banks of Indian Bend Wash between Scottsdale and Tempe. Along the way, the paved path connects a number of public parks, schools and businesses.

    A highlight of the route is Scottsdale's Eldorado Park, which is located about mid-trail. The 60-acre park offers a swimming pool, fishing lake, athletic facilities, skate park, playgrounds and picnic areas. Farther north, the lake in Chaparral Park offers a popular place to fish and walk around.

    The path is also an important link in the local trail network as it connects to the Rio Salado Paths at its southern end (which follows both of Tempe Town Lake's shores) and both the Arizona Canal Path (which heads west to Phoenix) and Central Arizona Project to Arizona Canal Trail at its northern end.

  • Kyrene Canal Path

    State: AZ
    Length: 3.8 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel

    The Kyrene Canal Path runs alongside the Kyrene Canal in Tempe and Chandler, providing a connection between residences, businesses, shopping destinations and the Ken McDonald Golf Course. The trail is paved and landscaped throughout Tempe, but the surface transitions to gravel and then crushed stone as it becomes more of a neighborhood dog-walking and jogging route at its southern end in Chandler.

    At its northern end (near where the Kyrene Canal feeds into the Western Canal), the trail also connects to the longer Western Canal Path. Take that trail east to reach Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert.

  • Litchfield Road Path

    State: AZ
    Length: 3.1 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    This sidepath along Litchfield Road serves to connect the communities of Litchfield Park and Goodyear, just outside of Phoenix. The utilitarian-style path is not a destination, but it is valuable as a crucial link for locals to parks, businesses and residences.

  • Mountain Park Ranch - Lakewood Trail

    State: AZ
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    Tucked in the southeastern corner of Phoenix, this trail serves as a connector between its namesake communities of Mountain Park Ranch and Lakewood. The paved path runs within a greenway corridor between the two communities, providing a useful transportation and recreation resource to nearby residences.

  • New River Trail

    State: AZ
    Length: 16.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    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.

  • Paradise Park Trail

    State: AZ
    Length: 1.4 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    This trail and its short spur pass through the communities of Paradise Park Manor and Paradise Park Trails in Scottsdale. While the trail primarily serves residences, it connects to the Central Arizona Project to Arizona Canal Trail, making it a useful link to many of the surrounding areas.

    At the trail's southern end, Mountain View Park offers ballfields, a sand volleyball court, picnic areas, a playground and a community center.

  • Pima Road Trail

    State: AZ
    Length: 4.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Pima Road Trail consists of two disconnected segments along Pima Road in Scottsdale. The longer southern section connects to both the Arizona Canal Path and Central Arizona Project to Arizona Canal Trail, offering opportunities for additional journeys throughout the region.

    Both sections of the trail have a suburban feel to them, providing access to residential areas and businesses.

  • Queen Creek Wash Trail

    State: AZ
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Queen Creek Wash Trail has a more rural feel than other trails in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Located within the community of Queen Creek, and following the banks of Queen Creek Wash, this trail passes open space, farmland and some smaller residential communities.

    At the trail's southeastern end, Desert Mountain Park features several athletic fields, playgrounds and picnic shelters.

  • Rio Salado Paths

    State: AZ
    Length: 12 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The paved Rio Salado Paths run along both banks of the Salt River in Tempe. The generally dry waterway was expanded into Tempe Town Lake in 1999, and the scenic waterfront area is now a popular recreational, residential and commercial destination.

    On the lake's south side, the trail connects Arizona State University's main Tempe campus with Tempe Beach Park, as well as the Tempe Marketplace retail mecca. A newer extension on the trail's eastern end continues the trail behind the Tempe Marketplace and under the State Route 202 and 101 interchange to an end at Riverview Park in Mesa. Sloan Park, the spring training home of Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs, was recently built in the park, bringing massive crowds to the area on game days.

    The trail is shorter on the lake's north side, but it serves the Tempe Town Lake Marina and provides a critical connection to the Indian Bend Wash Trail at its eastern end. Trail users can extend their trip by taking that trail north all the way into downtown Scottsdale.

    A bicycle and pedestrian bridge links the two paths over Tempe Town Lake. At the bridge's southern end, the trailside Tempe Center for the Arts offers a variety of exhibits and events in a critically praised building.

  • Shea Boulevard Trail

    State: AZ
    Length: 7.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    This trail runs parallel to Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale. The trail consists of several disconnected segments on both sides of the road. The western end has a much more suburban feel than the eastern end, which is more rural. This trail provides a useful transportation and recreation corridor for the surrounding communities.

  • Skunk Creek Trail

    State: AZ
    Length: 8.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

    The Skunk Creek Trail runs along the banks of its namesake waterway, connecting Peoria, Glendale and the eastern edge of Phoenix. The trail provides a link to residences, businesses and parks, as well as two recreation centers: Peoria's Rio Vista Community Park and Recreation Center and Glendale's Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center.

    At its southern end in Rio Vista Community Park, the Skunk Creek Trail merges into the New River Trail, while a connection to the longer Arizona Canal Path can be made just north of the park.

  • Dreamy Draw Bikeway

    State: AZ
    Length: 2.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Dreamy Draw Bikeway passes through the Dreamy Draw Recreation Area in Phoenix, offering ample scenery and access to the area's rustic hiking trails. The trail begins at a residential neighborhood along N. 32 Street at Mountain View Road, paralleling Piestewa Freeway (State Route 51) for a short way. The trail then leads up and over the mostly barren hillside to end at where Dreamy Draw Drive and Royal Palm Road intersect in another residential neighborhood.

    There is not much shade, but you will find shelters and water at the trailhead parking on Dreamy Draw Drive.

  • Tempe Canal Path

    State: AZ
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Tempe Canal Path parallels the Tempe Canal between the cities of Tempe and Mesa. The trail consists of two disconnected segments, separated by the private Mesa Country Club. Both segments serve a large number of residents, businesses and public facilities. The trail is entirely paved, with a gravel alternative for equestrian users and joggers available on the opposite side of the canal.

    From the trail's eastern end in Mesa, trail users can continue southeast on the Consolidated Canal Path to reach Gilbert and Chandler, or head north on the Southern Canal Path to enter the Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community.

  • Western Canal Path

    State: AZ
    Length: 21.9 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Gravel

    The Western Canal Path, one of several trails adjacent to canals in the Phoenix metropolitan area, connects the cities of Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa and Gilbert on its more than 20 mile, east–west route. The useful trail provides both an active transportation and recreation resource to nearby residents.

    The trail has a smooth concrete surface through Tempe and where it follows the Chandler/Mesa border. For most of its route, the concrete trail is paralleled by a gravel-surfaced trail more popular with dog walkers, joggers and hikers on the opposite side of the canal. In Gilbert, the surface varies between crushed stone and concrete, while the surface on the western end in Phoenix consists completely of unimproved gravel.

    Several parks and trail connections increase the utility of the Western Canal Path. At its midpoint, the trail connects to the Kyrene Canal Path; take that route to head farther south into Chandler. From the trail's eastern end in Gilbert, the Consolidated Canal Path extends north into Mesa and south into Chandler.

  • Consolidated Canal Path

    State: AZ
    Length: 18.9 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Gravel

    The Consolidated Canal Path runs north–south along the entire length of the Consolidated Canal, an 18-mile-long waterway dating back to 1891. The route consists of both a paved path and a gravel-surfaced trail—more popular with horseback riders and joggers—on opposite sides of the canal for all but two short stretches: only a gravel path is available between Warner Road and Lindsay Road in Gilbert and from Riggs Road to Hunt Highway in Chandler.

    The gentle-grade path connects Chandler (where it is also known as the Paseo Trail), Gilbert (known here as the Heritage Trail) and Mesa as it winds through neighborhoods, farms and parks. Waterfowl and fish can be spotted in the canal, and fishing is permitted. One highlight along the route is the Paseo Vista Recreation Area in Chandler, a 64-acre park atop a former landfill that offers a large archery facility, playground and disc golf.

    In Gilbert, trail users can pick up the Western Canal Path to head towards Phoenix. From the trail's northern endpoint in Mesa, continue west on the Tempe Canal Path or head north on the Southern Canal Path to enter the Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community.

  • Southern Canal Path

    State: AZ
    Length: 9.3 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    The Southern Canal Path is an unpaved route along the South Canal in Maricopa County. One of several trails along the extensive canal network in the area, the Southern Canal Path links to four others: both the Tempe Canal Path and Consolidated Canal Path at its southern end in Mesa, the Arizona Canal Path at its northern end in the Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community, and the Eastern Canal Path at its midpoint in Mesa.

    The southern stretch of the trail passes through residential neighborhoods of Mesa, but after its junction with the Eastern Canal Path, the trail opens up into a vast desert landscape. Be sure to bring ample drinking water, as amenities are nonexistent and trail users are few and far between on this stretch of trail.

  • Crosscut Canal Path

    State: AZ
    Length: 4.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The paved Crosscut Canal Path links Tempe and Scottsdale via a route alongside the Crosscut Canal, which dates to 1912. The trail follows the entire length of the canal thanks to a southern extension in Tempe that opened in 2011.

    In the south, the trail winds through Papago Park, a wonder with stunning desert scenery, flora and fauna. As the trail heads north into Scottsdale, the surroundings become more residential. From the path's northern terminus, trail users can continue a short distance northeast on the Arizona Canal Path to reach charming downtown Scottsdale.