Indian Bend Wash Path


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Indian Bend Wash Path Facts

States: Arizona
Counties: Maricopa
Length: 6.2 miles
Trail end points: Arizona Canal Path at N. Pima Rd. (Scottsdale) and Rio Salado Paths at E. Curry Rd. (Tempe)
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6463741
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Indian Bend Wash Path Description

The Indian Bend Wash Path 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 Pathway 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.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available about mid-trail at Eldorado Park (2311 N. Miller Rd., Scottsdale) and farther north at Chaparral Park (5401 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale).

Indian Bend Wash Path Reviews

Most of the Phoenix's bike paths fall into one of three categories
1) pathway right next to a busy road
2) follow a not too particularly scenic canal for miles on end
3) cycle along barren open desert for miles

This one puts you along the entirety of three long skinny golf courses, greenway the entire way. I still think the Tempe Town Lake trails "Rio Salado Paths" are the more interesting ride, but the two trails link together and you can combo the two up for the most epic pathway ride in all of Phoenix IMO.

4/5 stars because while miles and miles of golf course makes for a pretty interesting ride it's not as visually compelling as some of the more notable trails of the American Southwest.

This beautiful and well maintained trail runs along lakes and golf courses. It is the most pleasant ride I've had.

It's a great trail that has several bypasses to go under major roads. It also links up to a few other bike trails.


As noted in the earlier reviews, the trail has underpasses for almost all road crossings. This makes it an excellent choice for traversing Scottsdale without having to cross any major (high traffic) roads. The surface is concrete, like a wide sidewalk. It is a bit rough for high-pressure tires but well maintained. It passes through many golf courses and parks so watch for flying golf balls when you pass the tee-boxes.

The wash itself is a very innovative and successful solution to monsoon floods in the area. Using it as a wide greenspace prevents significant flood damage while adding considerable value. Other communities that are prone to periodic flooding should take notice and follow the Indian Bend Wash example.

The directions to parking areas at each end were less than worthless. The south end directions led us to the on-ramp for a freeway and the north end directions took us to the canal itself where there wasn't any parking available. There are many places to park in the many parks along the trail. We parked at Agua Linda Park, at the corner of North Pima Road and East McDonald Drive in Scottsdale.

There's an excellent visitor center for the Indian Bend Wash located just north of Indian School Road on the east side of Hayden Road. The visitor center has a large parking lot and you can access the trail from there via an underpass under Hayden Road.

There are golf courses, parks, and lakes all along the wash. This ride would be great for families, you can make it short, or for avid riders, very long. There are parks all along this trail where you can park your car and start the ride. Fully paved. We park at McDowell Rd where there is a skate park and little kids can bring scooters to practice, they have a separate area.
Golf courses, parks, and spring training baseball leagues run along side this wash. As you go further north the scenery changes, really interesting to observe.

I have ridden this trail twice and found it to be very easy to negotiate. The scenery is beautiful including water fowl, golf courses, beautiful homes and many (for this part of the U.S.) trees.

The start point is somewhat difficult to see but is about 0.6 mile north of McDonald Drive at the Arizona Canal. There is off-road parking just across the canal.

There are underpasses (and one overpass) the entire route allowing you to avoid traffic on major streets and it is mostly downhill making it easy for inexperienced riders. The trail follows the wash which has water in it during summer rain storms (two or three times a year).

The bottom end of the trail abuts Tempe Town Lake, an artifically created lake in the Salt River bottom. This area is being developed for recreation where triathlon and other events are held.

As an alternative to going to Priest Drive where the trail ends, I cross the old Mill Avenue bridge (one mile east of Priest) and head into downtown Tempe near Arizona State University. This area is a beautiful example of urban renewal.


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