Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area Hiking Trails

 

 

Parks and Recreation Services Update41Parks and Recreation Services Update<div class="ExternalClassAAF05150334C447D8616046CD40FBFA4"><p><a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1883" target="_blank">City community centers will begin a tiered reopening process effective June 7</a>. <span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#Community​Centers</span><br></p><p><a href="/parks/classes-and-programs" target="_blank">Registration for in-person summer youth camps and programs at 11 community centers opened May 12</a>. <br></p><p><a href="/parks/pools" target="_blank">Select city pools and all splash pads will open May 29</a>.<br></p><p><a href="/parks/pools/programs" target="_blank">Registration for summer swim lessons opened May 13​</a>.<span style="color:#f2f2f2;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"> </span></p><p>Community members also are encouraged to stay active by participating in the FREE <a href="/parks/classes-and-programs">PHXPlays at Home</a> and <a href="/parks/fitphx">FitPHX​</a> virtual recreation programs.<br></p><p>City outdoor recreational facilities are open normal hours of operation. That includes all parks, trails and golf courses​.​<br></p><p><a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1807" target="_blank">All park amenities and sports complexes reopened on March 17. Athletic field reservations and local tournaments (teams from Arizona only) resumed on March 22</a>. <span style="text-align:left;color:#f2f2f2;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline;white-space:normal;"><span style="color:#f2f2f2;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#f2f2f2;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">#Homepage #allpks ​</span>​​</span>​<span style="text-align:left;color:#f2f2f2;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline;white-space:normal;"><span style="font:400 13px / 1.6 "segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;white-space:normal;display:inline;">​​​​</span></span></span>​<br></p><p>City-operated youth and adult sports leagues are paused until further notice.​</p><p><a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1068" target="_blank">Learn more about Parks and Recreation impacted services </a></p></div>3/13/2020 7:00:00 AM12/1/2021 7:00:00 AM

 

 

"Take a Hike. Do it Right." Hiking Safety Message3"Take a Hike. Do it Right." Hiking Safety Message<div class="ExternalClass0B12337F359B4FDC8525C8706510E9B5"><p>City of Phoenix Park Rangers educate trail users to follow important <a href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_NRD/Take%20a%20Hike%20-%20Do%20it%20Right.pdf" target="_blank">"Take a Hike. Do it Right."</a> safety guidelines.​ Regardless of the weather or time of year, always hydrate before, during and after a hike.​ During Arizona's warm weather months, Park Rangers recommend hiking during the early morning or evening hours when it is cooler and there is more shade. <br></p><p>Monitor the <a href="https://weather.com/weather/today/l/USAZ0166:1:US" target="_blank">local forecast</a> and understand that all<a href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_NRD/Trail%20Rating%20Guide.pdf" target="_blank"> trail difficulty ratings</a> are raised one level when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. <span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#hikeright​</span></p><p>Dogs are prohibited on all City of Phoenix hiking trails when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. </p><p><a href="https://www.azhumane.org/events/dont-leave-pets-kids-hot-cars/" target="_blank">Learn how to keep pets safe during warm weather months</a>.</p><p>​The <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1858" target="_blank">annual ban of open fires in Phoenix's desert parks and mountain preserves​</a> went into effect May 1, 2021.​</p></div>4/18/2020 7:00:00 AM1/1/2022 7:00:00 AM

 

 

Rio Salado - 7th Street Trailhead Closure42Rio Salado - 7th Street Trailhead Closure<div class="ExternalClassF00D2DE7577D4A6FB7CE566F4712D9A3"><p><span style="font-size:19px;font-weight:700;box-sizing:border-box;color:#ff0000;">***TRAILHEAD CLOSED***</span><span style="font-family:hind, "open sans", sans-serif;font-size:19px;font-weight:700;background-color:#ffffff;color:#ff0000;"> </span>​<br></p><p>Effective February 28, 2021, and until further notice, the 7th Street Trailhead is temporarily closed and access to trails under the 7th Street bridge is restricted. The trailheads at 16th Street and Central Avenue are open, and hikers are able to travel west of 16th Street and east of Central Avenue, but will be required to turn around before reaching the area near the 7th Street bridge. ​<br></p><p>The closure was put in place following a gas leak and fire in the area​ near the bridge​. Additionally, 7th Street is closed in both directions between Broadway Road and I-17 until further notice. <a href="/newsroom/street-transportation/1803" target="_blank">Repair work on the bridge is scheduled to last several months​</a>.​ <span style="color:#f2f2f2;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">#RioSalado</span><br></p></div>2/28/2021 7:00:00 AM8/15/2021 7:00:00 AM

 
Trail Descriptions
 

​Northeast Central Avenue Trailhead

2439 S. Central Ave.
Trailhead and Trail Hours: Sunrise to 7 p.m. or Sunset, whichever comes first seasonally


North Overbank Trail -easy

Difficulty:  Easy

Access:  Start from Northeast Central Avenue Trailhead. Proceed to North Overbank Trail.

Description:  This is a dog friendly trail running along the north side of the Rio Salado Riverbed. It provides ADA accessible opportunities for bird watching and enjoying the beautiful riparian scenery. This asphalt trail is perfect for walking, biking, inline or roller skating, and dog walking. The trail also offers excellent views of the Low Flow Channel, South Mountain and downtown Phoenix, along with the sights and sound of wildlife inhabitants.

Distance:  3.7 miles

Elevation change:  0 feet



North Terrace Trail -easy

Difficulty:  Easy

Access:  Start from Northeast Central Avenue Trailhead. Proceed to North Terrace Trail.

Description:  This dirt trail runs parallel to the northern side of the Rio Salado Riverbed, and provides visitors an opportunity to explore a riparian habitat in the middle of the desert. This trail is a great option for those interested in bird watching and observing the riparian scenery. This also is a popular equestrian trail.

Distance:  3.9 miles

Elevation change:  0 feet 



 

Southeast 7th Street Trailhead

2875 S. 7th St.
Trailhead and Trail Hours: Sunrise to 7 p.m. or Sunset, whichever comes first seasonally


South Overbank Trail -easy

Difficulty:  Easy

Access:  Start from Southeast 7th Street Trailhead. Proceed to South Overbank Trail.

Description:  This is a dog friendly trail running along the south side of the Rio Salado Riverbed. It provides ADA accessible opportunities for bird watching and enjoying the beautiful riparian scenery. This asphalt trail is perfect for walking, biking, inline or roller skating, and dog walking. The trail also offers excellent views of the Low Flow Channel, South Mountain and downtown Phoenix, along with the sights and sound of wildlife inhabitants.

Distance:  3.0 miles

Elevation change:  0 feet


South Terrace Trail -easy

Difficulty:  Easy

Access:  Start from Southeast 7th St. Trailhead. Proceed to South Terrace Trail.

Description:  This dirt trail runs parallel to the southern side of the Rio Salado Riverbed, and provides visitors an opportunity to explore a riparian habitat in the middle of the desert. This trail is a great option for those interested in bird watching and observing the riparian scenery. This also is a popular equestrian trail.

Distance:  3.2 miles

Elevation change:  0 feet

 

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Review "Take a Hike. Do it Right." guidelines before visiting the trail.  The symbol to the right of each trail name represents the difficulty rating.

Trail rating guide

*Add an additional level of difficulty when the temperature is in the triple digits.