Trail Maintenance – City of Scottsdale

Scottsdale’s neighborhood trail system provides valuable recreation and transportation opportunities for city residents and visitors. Our unpaved trails serve as transportation links between schools, neighborhoods, McDowell Sonoran Preserve trailheads, parks, places of employment and other areas of interest. Trails are a place for residents and visitors to spend time with friends and family in the beautiful Sonoran Desert in a peaceful and protected setting.
Scottsdale has 160 miles of trails with an additional 150 miles of trailways planned for future construction. Oversight of neighborhood trails is the responsibility of the city’s Transportation and Streets Department. Trails exist in city right-of-way or on easements dedicated to the city on private property. In some locations, properties that hold public easements are owned by homeowners associations while others are owned by individual property owners; maintenance of these trails is the responsibility of the adjacent property owners.
Woman riding a horse on the neighborhood trail system
Maintenance of a city trail is a lot like maintenance of a city sidewalk. Most Scottsdale property owners already maintain the public right-of-way in front of their home.
Most of Scottsdale’s trails are regularly maintained and are kept in good condition however, some trails require maintenances. The city finds out about trails in need of maintenance a variety of ways including routine trail inspections by Transportation and Streets and Code Enforcement staff and citizen reports of unkept trails via Scottsdale EZ.
Request Maintenance or Report a Trail Issue
Maintenance of unpaved trails in the public right of way is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. Property owners with unkept trail sections are notified by the city and asked to remedy the situation within a specified timeframe. All unpaved trails should meet the following guidelines:
Graphic showing the required distance and height for maintenance
The city appreciates your commitment to the ongoing maintenance of our trail system. The trail system is part of the voter-approved General Plan 2035 and city council adopted 2022 Transportation Action Plan.
City of Scottsdale – Transportation
7447 E. Indian School Rd., Suite 205
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
P: 480-312-7250
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