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CAP National Recreation Trail

In addition to a reliable supply of Colorado River water, the Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal system affords another potential benefit to the state of Arizona-a long distance, non-motorized, multi-use recreational trail corridor. The trail was considered before any feature of the canal was built and was included in the environmental study that looked at the potential impact the CAP system would have on the environment and wildlife. This study, not only ensured compliance with state and federal regulations to protect native fish, wildlife and plants, but it also considered the opportunity for a recreational trail to be constructed along the entire 336 mile length of the canal. Once completed, the Central Arizona Project Trail would be the second longest trail in Arizona behind the Arizona National Scenic Trail.

In June 2003, the CAP Trail was designated as a National Recreational Trail (NRT). The National Trail System Act of 1968 authorized creation of a national trail system comprised of National Recreation Trails, National Scenic Trails and National Historic Trails.

In Pinal County, the CAP Trail will be almost 100 miles in length and will connect the communities of Red Rock, Eloy, Coolidge, Florence and Apache Junction.

Segment One-Pinal/Pima Border to Park Link Drive (10.5 miles)

The trail offers an opportunity for all (non-motorized) trail users to experience southern Pinal County. Great views of the Picacho Mountains, including Newman Peak, Picacho Peak and the Tortolita Mountains. A variety of wildlife watching opportunities are also present. In the near future, connections to the south will allow for trail users to go all the way to the Town of Marana.

Trailheads and Access Points

Nona Road trailhead is approximately 1 mile south of Park Link Drive.

Address: 24449 E Nona Road

Additional access point, no trailhead facilities, at Missile Base Road.

Overnight camping and fires are not allowed at the Nona Road Trailhead

Trailhead Locations: Nona Road  |  

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