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Central Arizona Project (CAP)Trail

The CAP Trail is a regional trail that passes through both rural and urban areas. It is therefore both an urban trail/bikeway and a primitive, natural-surface shared-use trail.

photo: Cyclists enjoying the new segment of the CAP NRT. Photo by Charles Hofer.

Length: 8.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Urban trail/bikeway and primitive, natural-s
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

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Location: Eastern Pima County, AZ, west and northwest of the City of Tucson (Pima County segment); east of Interstate 10.
State(s): Arizona
Counties: Pima, Maricopa, Pinal, La Paz
Longitude: -112.16957
Latitude: 33.73527

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As construction of the CAP began in 1973, the United States Bureau of Reclamation anticipated the development of a multi-use recreational trail along the entire length of the canal. Wherever possible, Reclamation acquired sufficient land and inset the fence 10 ft. to 20 ft from the property boundary to allow for a trail to be developed. Emphasis is focused on urban areas, particularly in those areas where the trail could be developed in conjunction with adjacent development.

In rural areas, the trail has (and will be) constructed as a compacted earthen trail. In more urbanized areas, such as the Town of Marana and the western fringes of the City of Tucson, it will be constructed to the county's Divided Urban Pathway standard, which includes a 12' paved path and an 9' meandering natural surface trail.

Additional Details

Width: 60 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: 5%
Maximum Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Trail Information
Website: American Trails Featured NRT

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Steve Anderson
Trails & Open Space Coordinator & Project Manager
Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation
3500 W. River Road
Tucson, AZ 85741
(520) 877-6206
[email protected]

Park Ranger:
Sherrie Barfield
Trails Maintenance Manager
Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreatio
3500 W. River Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85741
(520) 877-6270
[email protected]



Cyclists enjoying the new segment of the CAP NRT. Photo by Charles Hofer.

Cyclists enjoying the new segment of the CAP NRT. Photo by Charles Hofer.


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