The origins of the canal system go back to the ancient civilization of the Hohokam people, who lived and farmed in the Salt River Valley (today, metro Phoenix). The canals were built some 500 miles long to bring water from the river to irrigate crops. Today, the canals feature lit pathways to bike, walk, and run, beautiful green spaces, and interpretive signs, highlighting the important history of native Arizona.
COMPLETE THE CANALS & GREEN SPACES WELLNESS WONDER
- Walk, bike or run a part of the canal or green belt
- Complete at least 30 minutes of activity
- Complete by May 20, 2018
- Log your activity here
WHERE SHOULD I GO?
Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt
Paths & trails
Map of the canals
Canal path video
Arizona is one of few states that has an approved bicycle route that runs across the state. U.S. Bicycle Route 90 runs 573 miles from the Colorado River to the New Mexico border.
The Phoenix metro area has more than 180 miles of canals – that’s more miles than the waterways of Venice and Amsterdam combined!