Arizona Canal Path


Arizona Canal Path Facts

States: Arizona
Counties: Maricopa
Length: 69.7 miles
Trail end points: Southern Canal Path (Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community) and Skunk Creek Trail (Peoria)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6463706
Trail activites: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Walking

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Arizona Canal Path Description

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).

Arizona Canal Path Reviews

The path east from Pima Road is closed on both sides of the canal.

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, we were riding from 16th St. & Glendale to Rio Vista one Saturday morning. On this particular ride, there must have been 10-20 people sitting up against one of the walls in one of the longer underpasses. It's just so dangerous!! Some of the underpasses smell and are often filled with debris, too.

The Thunderbird Paseo Park area of this trail can also be a problem for cyclists. I rode through on a Saturday morning and there was a cross country race going on. The trail wasn't closed down to other users of the trail; however, the racers seemed to be pretty oblivious to sharing the trail. I was going pretty slowly, but had to yell "heads up" and come to a stop several times. One of the kids even pretended like he was going to jump out at me as I met the group of kids. If I had been clipped in, I would have fallen over right into them, as he did manage to startle me.

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, Chandler Paseo and Consolidated trails for a relaxing twenty-five mile trip. Combine this ride with one on the Arizona Canal Trail and you have a full day of riding round trip. The mountains to the east were highlights for the beauty factor. The reason I chose the trails between Mesa and Chandler was because I needed the latitude for a "trail only" cross America ride from Canada to Mexico, otherwise, I probably would not have ridden these trails and I probably won't make a trip back to Arizona to ride trails.


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 underpasses at the cross roads on the north side path. Many of the cross roads are very busy and difficult to cross if using the south side path. The scenery is not spectacular heading northwest (residential and business areas), but when we turned around we had a beautiful view of the mountains ahead of us. A few bikers and walkers were out, but the trail was not busy on a weekday afternoon. We saw access to only one park along the path, unless you got off at a crossroad.

We ride this trail everyday! Plenty of parks along the way.

great commuter and recreation trail, nice road crossings,

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