Best Places to Run in Phoenix

Find yourself exploring the mystical desert landscape of evergreen plants and all-year flowers among the amazing natural paths and trails on your next run at one of these best places to run in Phoenix.

Reach 11 Recreation Area 
If you’re looking for a peaceful, environmental friendly place to stretch your legs, look no further than the Reach 11 Recreation Area. According to the official City of Phoenix website, the Reach 11 Recreational Area boasts an approximate eighteen miles of trails.

Scottsdale Green Belt
One of the most scenic trails in Arizona, the Scottsdale Green Belt is a paved bike path that runs through many city parks along the Indian Bend wash, starting at 2311 N. Miller Road, between McDowell and Thomas roads.

Jog along the citrus groves of the neighborhood or avoid traffic completely by following the bike path that borders the canal on the south side.

Papago Park
While the Papago Park offers many great running trails, experienced runners recommend the West Park Loop Trail. According to the official City of Phoenix website, the West Park Loop Trail is an approximate four miles in length and features a minimal 50 foot elevation gain. The Papago Park running trails are perfect for the beginner or inexperienced runner.

South Mountain Park and Reserve
The South Mountain Park and Reserve is another place that offers the best running trails in Phoenix. If you’re looking for a peaceful, naturally beautiful place to run, look no further than the many trails offered at the South Mountain Park and Reserve. Be sure to bring along plenty of water when running the trails at South Mountain Park and Reserve as most trails are a bit difficult to tackle and often require a strenuous effort.

Tempe Town Lake
Use the canal as your guide and run on the soft dirt path, gliding through the gorgeous desert foliage. When you’re done, take a stroll down Mill Avenue and treat yourself to an ice-cold treat.

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