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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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to McDowell Sonoran Preserve by using our Scottsdale vacation builder.
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  • Hope the McDowell Sonoran Preserve is there for our children and our children's children. Great opportunity to see what the land was like before the population boom  more »
  • Beautiful place to take in desert views and learn what cool stuff grows here. Great place for hiking and relaxing and taking pictures---solo or with friends and family.  more »
  • We hiked the Gateway traihead and had a wonderful experience. Trails are well marked and the desert landscape is stunning. Trail is very good for beginners and not very challenging, which is exactly w...  more »