Paths & Trails

68th Street Bridge and Arizona Canal Path remain restricted

The inside lanes in both directions on 68th Street bridge (crossing the Arizona Canal immediately north of Indian School Road) are closed due to deterioration discovered during a routine inspection. Construction to replace the bridge will take place Jan. 1 - March 31, 2019.  The Arizona Canal Path reconstruction will be coordinated with the bridge repair. The path will remain closed from 68th Street to Goldwater Boulevard. Detour on the north side of the canal. Please visit and search “68th Street Bridge” for more information.

Bicycle and Related Devices Ordinance

The Scottsdale City Council voted 6 - 1 to adopt changes to the bicycle ordinance at its regular meeting on Nov. 13. The new changes include guidelines for riding and parking private and dockless bicycles, electric bicycles and stand-up electric mini-scooters. 

Bicycling in Scottsdale

Scottsdale has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Gold Level for 2011-2019.

The Bicycle Friendly Community Campaign is an awards program that recognizes municipalities that actively support bicycling. A Bicycle-Friendly Community provides safe accommodation for cycling and encourages its residents to bike for transportation and recreation.

Bicycling is a good, clean and fun way to get around town. Riding your bike reduces pollution and eases congestion. Studies show almost half of the pollution emitted by cars occurs when the engine is cold, within the first few miles, usually the length of a short trip that could easily be taken by bike.

Bicycling is good for the environment and good for your health. Increased exercise helps reduce stress, tones the body and clears the mind. Try riding your bike to work! Even one day a week can make a big difference for yourself and for the community.

For an overview of bike paths and lanes in Scottsdale and the Valley of the Sun, go to the interactive Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Bike Maplinks to external site.

The Indian Bend Wash Shared-Use Path Map (PDF) shows parks and connections along the Indian Bend Wash.

The Bicycle Element (PDF) of the Transportation Master Plan contains the planned improvements for bicycle system and facilities.

For more information about specific rules and regulations related to Scottsdale's multi-use pathways, please visit the Multi-use Path Ordinance (PDF).

Mountain Vista Self-Guided Bike Tour

Mountain Vista bike tour Camelback bike fram

The City of Scottsdale recently debuted the first of several planned self-guided bicycle tours. Called the Mountain Vista route, the 2.3 mile loop begins and ends at Main Street and Brown Avenue. The route includes two stops where mountain views are framed with interpretive panels that tell stories of the mountains on display. The route was a collaborative effort between the city’s Transportation, Tourism & Events and Economic Development departments, as well as the police bicycle unit. The frame that views the McDowell Mountains was installed along the south bank of the Arizona Canal. The Camelback Mountain frame was installed at 68th Street and the Arizona Canal. Green bike route signs are installed throughout the route. Two other self-guided bike routes are under development. 

Valley Bike Month

April, with its typically beautiful biking weather, is Valley Bike Monthlinks to external site. As part of the festivities, Scottsdale participates in the valley-wide Bike to Work Day and also provides guided "Cycle the Arts" tours.

Bike to Work Day

Scottsdale Bike To Work Day 2018 included stations set up around Scottsdale with free water, drinks, snacks, bike maps and two (!) free T-shirts (one from the City of Scottsdale and one from Valley Metro) for Bike to Work Day participants. Check out our article with more information about Bike to Work Day and tips for bike commuting.

Cycle the Arts

As part of Valley Bike Month, Scottsdale Transportation and Scottsdale Public Art team up to for Cycle the Arts. Designed for bike riders and art enthusiasts of varied experience levels, volunteers lead small groups of cyclists on a public art tour around the city. The ride routes and art featured are different every year, so the event is fun for Cycle the Arts newbies and veterans alike.

Check back in the spring for information on Valley Bike Month 2019.

Bike sharing

Bike share companies began operating in Scottsdale in November 2018. Customers use a smart phone app to find a nearby available bike, unlock it, ride it to their destination and then park and lock it,  making it available for the next customer. Bike share companies and their customers are responsible for obeying all state laws and city ordinances when using and parking bikes. The bike share companies also attempt to relocate bikes to match demand and to help ensure proper placement. Bike share companies are privately owned and operated and are not affiliated with the city. If you have a concern about a bike's location, it's best to contact the appropriate company directly.  Below is contact information for the four companies currently operating in Scottsdale, or they may also be contacted through their associated smartphone apps:

LimeBike (Green and Yellow)
support@limebike.comlinks to external site
Call or text: 888-546-3345links to external site

Spin (Orange)
Call: 888-262-5189links to external site links to external site (instant messaging available)

Ofo (Yellow)
support@ofobike.comlinks to external site

GR:D (all green)
info@gridbikes.comlinks to external site
Call: 602-753-4743links to external site
(SoBi app)

For more information, please see our information sheet with frequently asked questions. The city welcomes all feedback from the community.

Bike share parking

A videolinks to external site provides guidance on how best to park dockless bikes. Please note that the video suggests parking bikes in bike racks. While this is acceptable and legal, we ask that users park bikes next to bike racks rather than in them to leave space available for those using personal bikes to lock their bikes.  The dockless bike share bikes have internal locking mechanisms and do not need to be in a bike rack to stand upright.

Scottsdale Bicycle Station Study

The city of Scottsdale is conducted a study to evaluate and recommend locations and amenities for bicycle parking options south of Indian Bend Road. Please see our bicycle station study webpage for more information.

Scottsdale Trails

Major Trails

Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve covers 30,000 acres with over 120 miles of trails.

Pinnacle Peak Park has a trail for hiking, horseback riding and rock climbing.  

Minor Trails

Florence Ely Nelson Desert Park has a desert botanical nature trail.

George "Doc" Cavalliere Park has a ¾ mile loop trail.

McCormick Railroad Park has a nature trail in the Arboretum at the southeast corner of the park, which displays low-water use plants.

Mescal Park has a trail for hikers and horseback riders. The path around the park is mile. 

Nature Park has a nature trail that runs along the Arizona Canal.   

Stonegate Equestrian Park has a nature trail. 

Trails Master Plan

View the trails master plan

Trail Etiquette

Are you a courteous trail user? The universal rule of trail courtesy is for all trail users to yield the right-of-way to horses, and for bicycle riders to yield to all other types of users.

When approaching a person on horseback, speak in a soft voice to alert the horse and rider of your presence. Users of Scottsdale trails are reminded that all users are on the trail for the same reason—to enjoy the outdoors and the beauty of the Sonoran desert.

Did you know that you could be fined up to $250 for driving a motorized vehicle on a non-paved trail in the City of Scottsdale?  Scottsdale Ordinance 17-62 prohibits the use of motorized vehicles, including ATVs and motorcycles, on Scottsdale's trails and Preserve lands.

By obeying this law you will help eliminate conflicts with other trail users such as equestrians, and help reduce negative impacts on adjacent property owners. Know the rules, obey all signs, and please act responsibly!

Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Trails & Trailheads

The Preserve currently contains approximately 120 miles of non-motorized, multi-use trails (hike/bike/horse) accessed from multiple trailheads.

Hours & Rules

The Preserve is open everyday, sunrise to sunset, free of charge. Preserve hours information is available for your convenience. Please observe all rules and regulations, including no alcohol, smoking or fires.


Dogs are welcome in the Preserve and must be leashed at all times. Dog waste must be picked up and disposed of in a trash receptacle immediately. 


Permits are required for any group larger than 34, all commercial activity including filming and photography. Call 480-312-7013 for more information. 

Guided Hikes and Events

For information on guided hikes of Scottsdale's Preserve, visit the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy's websitelinks to external site


The City of Scottsdale coordinates all activities involving the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. For more information call: 480-312-7013

Contact Information

City of Scottsdale - Transportation 
7447 E. Indian School Rd., Suite 205 
Scottsdale, AZ 85251  
P: 480-312-7250
TDD: 480-312-5419
F:  480-312-4000

Traffic Engineering
P: 480-312-7250

Street Operations
P: 480-312-5620

Traffic Management Center 
P: 480-312-7777 (6 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays)
Follow us on Twitter @DriveScottsdale

Active Transportation Map

Scottsdale’s Active Transportation Map showcases the city’s trails and bikeways. The waterproof, tear-proof map can be found at Scottsdale libraries, bike shops and community centers, or it can also be delivered to your home for free. Contact Jennifer Banks at or 480-312-7517 to order your copy now.

Due to the size of the map, it is not available for download at this time. 

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