New River Trail


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New River Trail Facts

States: Arizona
Counties: Maricopa
Length: 16.5 miles
Trail end points: W. Bethany Home Rd. and N. 107th Ave. (Glendale) and north of W. Carlota Ln. and N. 76th Dr. (Peoria)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6463753
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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New River Trail Description

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. There is also a new trailhead at Fletcher Heights, west of 75th Ave and Deer Valley Road. 

New River Trail Reviews

very well marked, clean, urban scenic.

I also started at the Rio Park and found it delightful. Having ridden the Arizona Canal Trail the previous day I much preferred the New River Trail. There are no road crossings at all. The surface was either paved or concrete the whole way. There was a section or two where a trike would find bumpy as the seams are not flat. My turning radius is horrible thus there were 3-4 areas where I had to back up several times to make the turn. But overall it is a great Trail.

Trail is smooth and well marked.


The trail is great to cruise, but I really wish it had loose terrain to practice MTB tecniques and skills. Although concrete is good, but getting dirty on the dirt is even better.

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 the canal and we rode on the left side of the canal. Here the trail was older but still okay. There were a lot of cracks in the asphalt but patched and trail still fairly smooth. We ride mountain bikes. There were a number of road bikes on the trail also. After a distance we crossed back to the right side of the canal but that was a mistake. The trail on that side was nice but at major road crossings there was no protected crossing, where on the left side the trail went under the road. We crossed back to the left and went about 7 miles out from the starting pointing. On the return trip we got into some goat head thorns and my wife’s rear tire went flat. My tires were also slowly leaking so I raced back to the car and returned for my wife at the nice little park I left her at. In the end we had 3 flat tires.

After the ride I reviewed the map and learned that we started on the New River Trail but should have crossed the canal on the nice bike/ped bridge close to the Rio Vista Community Park. The short section we did at the beginning was part of the New River Trail system that connected to the Thunderbird Paseo Park. Based on what we saw it looks as though there are a number of trail options from the Rio Vista Community Park. Check it out for some nice riding but watch out for the goat heads!

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. There was a herd of Cattle along the way and there are beautiful. What a wonderful addition to our bike rides. Thank you so much ...

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 to Cactus and back. And our ride was amazing. The fact that it rained last night made the New River Flow a little bit, Just added pleasure to our time on the trail.

We are beginner bikers, and love getting out early in the morning. We have been riding between Camelback and Peoria. The only thing that would make our rides better is not to have to cross Glendale and Northern when there are perfectly good bypasses for us to use. We are hoping that these underpasses will be permanently open so we can skip dodging the traffic. Riding along the river allows us to view an amazing amount of wild life and birds. Which makes our ride even more enjoyable. With Fall looming in the near future I am looking forward to some great rides. Hopefully Safer ones.

Check back soon, Peoria is working on an extension from Olive south 1 mile to Northern. Glendale is picking the trail up from Northern south to Bethany Home - another 2 miles. From there, you can go east along a gravel road and connect to the bike path south of Cardinals stadium. A great addition to an already great trail.

I ride this trail 5 or 6 times a week and love it. I would like to know why there is a locked gate preventing me from riding the last mile of the trail.

the only thing to make it better would be public restrooms

This trail is great, but there is an unexplained closure south of Olive Avenue. A locked gate prevents access.

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