Canal trails

All throughout the urban sprawl of Greater Phoenix, Valley residents can access a network of canal trails that pave the way for fun and recreation. From running and walking to biking, fishing and more, SRP and our city partners have designed and constructed paths along the canals that offer everything from ADA-accessible routes and lights for evening strolls to commissioned public artwork.

Map your walk or run

Enjoying the canals safely

Please remember that SRP canal trails, by their very nature, follow an open water source. Steer clear of the water’s edge and follow the canal safety tips outlined below. Responsible recreation ensures continued fun along some of Arizona’s best running trails and bike paths.

Safety Tip: Never swim in the canals. This is extremely dangerous.

  • Watch people and pets around canals at all times.
  • If you see a person or animal in the canal, call 911 for help. Never jump into a canal.
  • No swimming or water activities are allowed in the canals for safety reasons.
  • Canal water is not safe to drink.
  • Don’t drive onto the canal banks.
  • Stay away from all SRP equipment, including catwalks and delivery gates.
  • Stay clear of any canal construction or repair work.

Common canal questions

With permission from SRP, yes. Start the process by requesting an event license.

Canal fishing is legal with an Arizona Game and Fish Fishing License . However, if a white amur fish is caught, then it must be immediately released unharmed back in the canal (per Arizona State Fishing Regulations ).

SRP may close off sections of the canal from time to time for maintenance and repairs. When this happens, please follow all signs and worker requests for your safety.

No. Pedal bicycles are welcome, but motorized vehicles are forbidden. This ensures a safe, enjoyable experience for all canal users.

Call 911 immediately. Canal edges are slippery, and the water moves fast, so it’s important to get professional help. Never jump into a canal.


Don’t see your question? Send it to CanalRecreation@srpnet.com.

Points of interest

Since 1964, SRP and city partners have developed over 60 miles of canal trails for Valley residents to enjoy. With lights, landscaping and public art, these paths are one of our greatest urban developments.

The Grand Canal

Created in partnership with City of Phoenix, the Grand Canalscape pathways stretch from Central Phoenix to Tempe. The paths feature lighting, seating areas and artwork for walkers, bikers and runners to enjoy.

Canal Convergence

Canal Convergence brings the community together to experience interactive art and light exhibits along the Scottsdale Waterfront each November. It is proudly sponsored by SRP.

Arizona Falls

Formed by a natural drop in the Arizona Canal, Arizona Falls has been a gathering place for locals since the 1800s. Today, the historic site combines art, history and technology to produce hydroelectric power.

Decades of recreation

SRP partnered with Maricopa County to create the first recreational canal path, Sun Circle Trail, in 1964. Since then, cities throughout the Valley have partnered with SRP to build paved paths with lighting, landscaping and art.

Explore canal history