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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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  • I went there not sure what to expect, usually trail maps don't have a lot to support. When I arrived there was a guide to explain all the trails - super friendly. Trails runs in locations for visitors...  more »
  • After visiting the Grand Canyon's South Rim the previous day and being disappointed that the trails were way too icy to even set one foot on, we came back to Scottsdale and headed to the McDowell Sono...  more »
  • There is nothing like hiking in the desert in Arizona and experiencing its wonders and topography. An ecosystem like none other in the world with its variety of desert plants. Hiker beware you need pl...  more »