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McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale
(4.9/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Paths clearly marked. Views terrific. Volunteer at check in provided a wealth of information so that we could select the right route for the day. 
  • We took the nature trail hike to see the various desert plants in natural habitat. Very easy hike, but there are at least 2 other trails that present a modicum challenge. There are signs along the tra...  more »
  • Our family of 4 (children 4 and 6 years old) loved hiking here. Well maintained trails. Well marked. Variety of distances and terrains. Everyone we encountered was very friendly. The location of this ...  more »