McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale

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McDowell Sonoran Preserve spans 12,150 hectares (30,000 acres) of protected desert terrain, with over 190 km (120 mi) of multi-use trails. Five trailheads offering hikes of varying difficulty and length will take you through different regions of the park. Explore the trails by foot, by bike, or on horseback, and you'll see cacti forests, wildlife, and mountain ranges. This huge preserve is geologically diverse, made up of a mixture of 1.7 billion-year-old metamorphic rocks, granite, and volcanic deposits. The preserve provides a safe home to desert plants and animals near an urban environment and connects to Tonto National Forest and McDowell Mountain Regional Park, creating a continuous wildlife corridor. Use our Scottsdale vacation website to add McDowell Sonoran Preserve and other attractions to your Scottsdale vacation plans.
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  • This is a lovely park encompassing a large area of Sonoran desert. There is a small nature center with very friendly staff. There is a tortoise enclosure outside where one can view dessert tortoises u...  more »
  • After hiking Pinnacle Peak, the volunteer recommended we hike the Preserve. We selected Brown Ranch hike. Nice views. Nice facility - rest rooms and water.  more »
  • Such an amazing place to experience a desert hike. A variety of hikes r available depending on your level of activity. Cant get over how special the cacti are! And you can get an Uber to/from.  more »

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