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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.
Parking for the Southern Canal Path is available at the Park of the Canals (1710 N. Horne) in Mesa. Be sure to visit the botanical garden within the park, too.
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