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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've been mountain biking the McDowell Sonoran Preserver since before it was a preserve. The change from free ranging to an organized preserve was scary at first but several years later and the the pr...  more »
  • There are easy trails, and there are moderate trails. You can make them short or long - but they all have beauty. This is a beautiful sonoran low desert landscape and you can hike to high points to se...  more »
  • Great trails for Hiking, mountain biking, or riding a horse. Toke lots of water, sunscreen and shady clothing!! Probably a minimum of two hours for the shorter trails to walk, longer if possible to fu...  more »