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 will 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 the 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.
Hours of use: The trail and trailheads are open from Dawn to Dusk.
Segment 1 - Pinal / Pima Border to Park Link Dr (10.5 miles)
This segment of 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 future, connections to the south will allow trail users to go all the way to the Town of Marana.
Trailheads & Access Points
Nona Road trailhead is approximately 1 mile south of Park Link Dr. Overnight camping and fires are not allowed at the Nona Road Trailhead.
Address: 24449 E Nona Road
Additional access point, no trailhead facilities, at Missile Base Road