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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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  • This hike is easy in terms of incline and terrain, the only difficulty is in terms of how long it takes (approx 2 hours) and some rocky areas but pretty much any abled body person should be able to do...  more »
  • There is no way that I would miss this place. A great hike for every day, peaceful, stunning cactus and birds, so much to learn! There are varieties of cactus that jump off the main stalk and plant th...  more »
  • The gateway loop (7km - 200m elevation gain) is quite nice but can be a bit crowded. If you like solitude, try the Bell Pass and Wind gate pass loop (15km, 600m elevation gain). The trails are a bit r...  more »