Paths & Trails
Bicycle and Related Devices Ordinance changes
The Scottsdale City Council voted 6 - 1 to adopt changes to the bicycle ordinance at its regular meeting on Nov. 13. The new changes took effect Dec. 13 and include guidelines for riding and parking private and dockless bicycles, electric bicycles and stand-up electric mini-scooters.
68th Street Bridge and Arizona Canal Path closed through March for bridge repair
68th Street will be closed from Indian School Road to Camelback Road Jan. 2 - March 29 for bridge construction. During those same dates, eastbound left turns and westbound right turns on Camelback Road will be restricted. Detour on Goldwater Boulevard. The Arizona Canal Path reconstruction will be coordinated with the bridge repair. The north side of the canal will be closed from 56th Street to 68th Street, and the south side of the canal will be closed from 64th Street to 68th Street. Please visit ScottsdaleAZ.gov and search “68th Street Bridge” for more information.
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 Map.
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
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 Month. 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.
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'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.
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
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
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 website.
The City of Scottsdale coordinates all activities involving the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. For more information call: 480-312-7013
City of Scottsdale - Transportation
7447 E. Indian School Rd., Suite 205
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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 email@example.com or 480-312-7517 to order your copy now.