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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  • October 3, 2017
    I have hiked the big loop from the Gateway over Windgate Pass and Bell Pass numerous times; I call it the Hell Hike. It's long (9.5m), hot, and hard. But for some reason, I love it. It makes for a ver...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Numerous trails you can hike, from easy grandma ones to working pretty hard ones. You can make a nice loop in about 2+ hours of serious trail hiking. Good scenery and can get pretty hot in afternoon w...  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    We spent a few hours walking the trails this morning and it was lovely. I would highly recommend taking lots of water and grabbing a map. You can't see the visitor center from everywhere and it's easy...  more »

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