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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  • Fun trails to hike and trails have varying degrees of difficulty which are spelled out on signs. Watch for rattlesnakes.  more »
  • Well marked paths, range of difficulty from easy beautiful nature hikes to rather strenuous hikes. All with spectacular views. Even though this was a popular hiking area, we often hiked stretches with...  more »
  • outstanding. and new exhibits frequently. we were amazed at the butterfly collection. they were installing a large sculpture display also. we'll return often  more »

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