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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  • Our first time here and we loved it!! Totally like the AZ desert we expect to see. Well marked trails for all abilities. We will be back.  more »
  • Good hiking but the trails are rubble and hard on the feet, trail signs are good, far better than most.  more »
  • My husband and I love to hike and explore different locations. We are always looking for places to hike, everywhere we travel, and came upon the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. What a jewel. It was a moder...  more »

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