Maricopa Trail in Scottsdale

With warm temperatures and fresh open air, one of the safest ways to exercise nowadays is walking or biking on trails across the Valley. Finding these trails is easy with Valley Metro. 

The Maricopa Trail is a long trail in Scottsdale that you can find behind the Mustang Library after hopping off a bus at the Mustang Transit Center. Walking south through the beautiful greenery you can catch a ride back to the transit center or other places around the city thanks to the free Scottsdale Miller/Hayden Neighborhood Circulator.  

Using Route 56 you can link up with many wonderful trails. Stopping off at the intersection of Priest Dr. and Rio Salado Pkwy you can walk a block north to a path that takes you to Tempe Beach Park. The path offers great views and access to downtown Tempe. If you take the bus farther north to Papago Park you can walk the trails around the park. For more of a challenge, walk behind the Phoenix Zoo along the Crosscut Canal path.  

Using Route 56 you can link up with many wonderful trails. Stopping off at the intersection of Priest Dr. and Rio Salado Pkwy you can walk a block north to a path that takes you to Tempe Beach Park. The path offers great views and access to downtown Tempe. If you take the bus farther north to Papago Park you can walk the trails around the park. For more of a challenge, walk behind the Phoenix Zoo along the Crosscut Canal path.  

Grand Canalscape path

Valley Metro can even help you customize your workout. Some of our bus routes and light rail trains are adjacent to these trails. For example, you can start by walking down the path called the Grand Canalscape next to the PHX Sky Train ® station across the street from the 44th St/Washington light rail station. If you decide to go east on this path on your way back, you can grab a ride home at the 50th St/Washington station. You can add a little shopping spree to your exercise as well. By taking the 48, 61, or 81 route you can arrive at the Tempe Marketplace. From there it’s only two mile walk down the Rio Salado Pathway/Tempe Marketplace Trail to Riverview Park which is just across the street from the Mesa Riverview shopping center. After you’ve gotten your fill of sights and shopping you can plop your bags down on the 96 or 104 bus as you head home. The Valley Metro Trip Planner is your best friend for figuring out your day. 

I have personally walked and ran along several of these paths. It gets my blood pumping while giving me pleasant views. With Valley Metro, I don’t need to worry about being too exhausted on the ride home. I can just relax on the bus or light rail as I recover from my run.  

The trails are a great way to celebrate Valley Bike Month, which begins in April. Our buses and trains are equipped with bike racks so you can safely secure your bike while heading to your next destination. 

If you want more fun places to visit using Valley Metro, check out some of our other destination blogs.  

Peter Corkery
Rail Operations Communications Specialist
When not helping customers at Valley Metro, Peter enjoys reading, running and hiking around the valley.