Map of the Grand Canal Trail, Phoenix, AZ


Grand Canal Trail, Phoeniz, Arizona

Grand Canal Trail arizona map area

Grand Canal Trail


25 miles


paved / unpaved


Glendale, Phoenix, Tempe


Grand Canal, University of Phoenix Stadium, local parks, residential neighborhoods, schools, Tempe Town Lake


New River Trail

Crosscut Canal Trail

Canal Trail

Tempe Town Lake North Bank Bike Path

Indian Bend Wash Trail



The Grand Canal Trail is a 25-mile long system of paved and unpaved trails located in Glendale, Phoenix and Tempe that travels through the middle of the metropolitan area. For most of the way, the trail follows alongside the Grand Canal through residential and business districts.

The trail starts at the University of Phoenix Stadium near Highway 101 and extends east to go past the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The Grand Canal Trail goes by multiple schools and parks and provides a connection to several other recreational trails in the area.


The Grand Canal Trail has paved and unpaved pathways. The trail is open for bike riding, walking and running. The route of the trail reduces the number of roadway intersections, but It does have numerous roadway crossings at street level. The trail has gaps at some of the major highways, such as Highway 60 and Interstate 17, but there are underpasses for the Piestewa Freeway, the Red Mountain Freeway and Route 143.


The Grand Canal Trail goes through Glendale, Phoenix and Tempe.

Points of Interest

The Grand Canal Trail goes past the following points of interest:

University of Phoenix Stadium Alhambra Traditional School
Grand Canal Linear Park Steele Indian School Park
Glendale Heroes Regional Park Phoenix Advantage Charter School
Heatherbrae Elementary School William Machan Elementary School
Westland School Creighton Elementary School
Maryvale High School Davy Crockett Elementary School
Marivue Pool 44th Street & Washington Station
Maryvale Stadium Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
St. Vincent De Paul Catholic School Pueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park
Glen L. Downs Elementary School Washington Street & Center Parkway Station
Justine Spitalny Elementary School The Grand at Papago Park Center
Pueblo Del Sol School Tempe Public Park
Nearby Trails

The Grand Canal Trail intersects or come close to several other recreational trails in the Phoenix Metro area.

New River Trail: the two trails intersect at a point 1 mile west of N. 99th Avenue in Phoenix. 

Crosscut Canal Trail: this trail heads to the north through Tempe Public Park near the eastern end of the Grand Canal Trail.

Tempe Town Lake North Bank Bike Path, Canal Trail and Indian Bend Wash Trail: these trails are all located near the eastern end of the Grand Canal Trail.

End Points

The west end of the Grand Canal Trail is located at its intersection with the New River Trail to the west of N. 99th Avenue in Phoenix.

The east end of the trail is located at the intersection of W. Washington Street and N. Mill Avenue in Tempe. This point is at the southern end of Tempe Public Park.


Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Grand Canal Trail located in the Phoenix Metro area in Arizona.