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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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  • The Gateway Loop trail was recommended to us after we tackled Camelback. The trail lists as 4.5 mile loop. The walk from the parking lot at the main trailhead to the trailhead brings the total hike cl...  more »
  • This is an amazing place to visit, only 20 minutes from Scottsdale. Worth the time to visit this sanctuary. Well presented and FREE, including parking. The self guided tour is approximately 30 minutes...  more »
  • Perhaps at first you think to yourself, "There is nothing here save dirt, rocks and boulders...." - that's what you will think. Keep walking. The desert will come alive with its secrets if you are qui...  more »