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
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
Nona Road |