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Phoenix - Suburbs

The Best Places to Run in Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, and Peoria. See Separate Guide for Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe

Alan Stark

The greater Phoenix metropolitan area, sometimes called “The Valley of the Sun,” or the “Salt River Valley” is the tenth by population in the United States. We’ve divided our running guide to this large geographic are into two sections: Central Phoenix, which includes more routes in Tempe and Scottsdale; and the Phoenix ‘suburbs’, which include Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Peoria, and more. There’s some terrific running in the Phoenix suburbs, including some longer multi-use trails, oasis-like parks, and gorgeous desert trail running for all abilities. Runners should use caution in the hot months, as most of the terrain is very exposed.

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Mesa – Parks and Trails

Phoenix - Suburbs

The city of Mesa sits east of Phoenix and Tempe. It’s the gateway to some of the Phoenix metro area’s top trail running spots. We love running in Red Mountain Park, Pioneer Park, the Usery Mountain trails, and around Saguaro Lake.
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Chandler

Phoenix - Suburbs

There's excellent running in this city southeast of Phoenix. Veterans Oasis Park has a Sonoran desert feel. San Tan Mountain Regional Park has miles of desert trails. There are also three longer, paved multi-use trails that are great for running.
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Gilbert

Phoenix - Suburbs

There's some excellent running in Gilbert, located southeast of Phoenix, including a large network of paved multi-use trails and the wetland trail at Riparian Preserve. The Hieroglyphics Trail is a good spot for a scenic, gentle trail run.
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Glendale/Peoria

Phoenix - Suburbs

Glendale and Peoria make up the majority of the suburbs northeast of Phoenix. Favorite running spots include Thunderbird Paseo Park, the Arrowhead Lakes residential area, New River/Skunk Creek multi-use trails, and White Tank Mountain Regional Park.
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Phoenix is in the desert. Which means it can be brutally hot. In summer, temps reach 120F and don’t even dip below 80F at night, so hydrating and wearing sun block are critically important. The weather’s great from November-April, but desert mornings can be chilly. Some running groups go early in the morning in summer. Topographically, the city itself is flat but is surrounded by mountains, affording some amazing trail running opportunities.