The Central Arizona Project (CAP) is Arizona's most important source of renewable water. The Colorado River water is delivered by CAP to Maricopa, Pinal, and Pima counties. Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal counties, which get CAP water, are home to more than 5 million people, or more than 80% of the state's population. CAP transports water from Lake Havasu in Parker to the San Xavier Indian Reservation's southern edge southwest of Tucson. It is the greatest single source of renewable water supply in Arizona, with a 336-mile system of aqueducts, tunnels, pumping facilities, and pipelines.

The Central Arizona Project was a common vision of Arizonans in the early twentieth century: a vision of water security and stability for future generations to enjoy their quality of life in the desert. Now that the 336-mile-long water distribution system is complete, CAP's leadership is charged with safeguarding and conserving what previous generations were able to fund and construct.

Biking along the banks of the Phoenix Canal System has become popular because it is a great way to see the city. The Arizona Canal is the longest and northernmost canal in the Valley's canal system, which consists of nine canals.

From beginning to end, the Arizona Canal is over 39 miles long. It starts at the Granite Reef Dam in Mesa and runs west to Peoria, passing through the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, downtown Scottsdale, Phoenix's historic Arcadia neighborhoods, and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The trail comes to a close near the Arrowhead Towne Center at New River.

The Central Arizona Project to Arizona Canal Trail follows a serpentine route across Scottsdale's north side to connect its two namesake rivers. The Pima Road Route, Indian Bend Wash Trail, Arizona Canal Path, Paradise Park Trail, and Shea Boulevard Trail are all connected to the trail along the route. The tree-lined, paved walkway runs across numerous neighborhoods and connects to various adjacent parks and businesses.

Ballfields, a sand volleyball court, picnic spaces, a playground, and a community center are all available in Mountain View Park. Along the walk, you'll have stunning views of Marguerite Lake. Horizon Park, with its multiple ballfields and magnificent mountain backdrop, is a landmark not far from the trail's northern finish.

Mountain View Park (8625 E. Mountain View Road, Scottsdale) and Horizon Park (8625 E. Mountain View Road, Scottsdale) are both easily accessible from the path and have plenty of parking and facilities (15444 N. 100th Street, Scottsdale).

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These amazing hiking trails are just a few of the must-see sights you don’t want to miss in Gilbert, Arizona:

  • Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch
  • Arizona Canal Path
  • Baseline Road to Eastern Canal Path
  • Paseo Trail
  • Cave Creek Tributary Trail
  • Central Arizona Project to Arizona Canal Trail
  • Consolidated Canal Path
  • Crosscut Canal Path
  • Dreamy Draw Bikeway
  • Eastern Canal Path

All of these wonderful trails are located just a short distance from our offices located at 1447 West Elliot Road #103 in Gilbert! Stop by for a visit anytime!

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