Rio Salado Paths


Rio Salado Paths Facts

States: Arizona
Counties: Maricopa
Length: 12 miles
Trail end points: N. Priest Dr. to Indian Bend Wash Trail (Tempe) (north side); SR 143 (Tempe) and Riverview Park (Mesa) (south side)
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6463768
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Rio Salado Paths Description

The paved Rio Salado Paths run along both banks of the Salt River in Tempe. The generally dry waterway was expanded into Tempe Town Lake in 1999, and the scenic waterfront area is now a popular recreational, residential and commercial destination.

On the lake's south side, the trail connects Arizona State University's main Tempe campus with Tempe Beach Park, as well as the Tempe Marketplace retail mecca. A newer extension on the trail's eastern end continues the trail behind the Tempe Marketplace and under the State Route 202 and 101 interchange to an end at Riverview Park in Mesa. Sloan Park, the spring training home of Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs, was recently built in the park, bringing massive crowds to the area on game days.

The trail is shorter on the lake's north side, but it serves the Tempe Town Lake Marina and provides a critical connection to the Indian Bend Wash Trail at its eastern end. Trail users can extend their trip by taking that trail north all the way into downtown Scottsdale.

A bicycle and pedestrian bridge links the two paths over Tempe Town Lake. At the bridge's southern end, the trailside Tempe Center for the Arts offers a variety of exhibits and events in a critically praised building.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking and restrooms for the Rio Salado Paths are available at Tempe Beach Park (54 W. Rio Salado Parkway) in Tempe and Riverview Park (2100 W. Rio Salado Parkway) in Mesa.

Rio Salado Paths Reviews

Most of the Phoenix's bike paths fall into one of three categories
1) pathway right next to a busy road
2) follow a not too particularly scenic canal for miles on end
3) cycle along barren open desert for miles

This one is different; Tempe town lake and it's pedestrian/cycle bridge is separated from traffic, actually scenic, and a more engaging ride than anywhere else in town.

This trail links to "Indian Bend Wash" which is also exceptional (comparatively) as it follows miles of golf-course and green parks. All in all, the best route in the Phoenix area in my opinion.

4/5 stars because it still dulls in comparison to the more notable trails in the American Southwest.

Good trail takes you to the heart of Tempe, mill st. Fun and easy ride

The map needs to be updated. This trail extends from Priest Rd to McClintock Rd at Tempe Market Place. Very easy smooth trail. At Rural there is a bicycle and jogging path across the bridge going north. From there take the trail back west along Tempe Town Lake to Priest on the north side of the lake.


This is a beautiful level ride with acess to several parks. Great for families with children, especially beginners. There are many places to stop and rest, and parks for kids to play. This also is a beginning point to park and ride up the Indian Bend Wash Trail or ride to Papago Park and up the Arizona Canal for longer rides and families with older kids.

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