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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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  • love the desert and all it has to offer. there are so many different types and kinds of desert plants. You must stay on the paths provided for your adventure. But you won't miss anything. The paths ha...  more »
  • This was a great place to check out. We stumbled upon it while we were killing time before dinner and it turned into one of our favorite stops in Scottsdale. There are several different trails dependi...  more »
  • Great for hiking. Trail around mountain great for family outing. Lots of animals and plant variety a good nature trail.  more »

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