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McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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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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  • I did the Scenic Trail loop, a 3.5-mile meandering path through level washes and then a gentle slope up through the Lousley Hills, where there was a nice little bench to sit on. I passed 2 mountain bi...  read more »
  • We were there for a Tom car experience. Even though that was a bit dusty for my liking the desert was beautiful. 
  • Went out as a group activity with a convention. Signed up ahead of time and did the Gateway loop. Great hike, about 4.5 mile loop, 700 ft elevation climb and depending on time of year and day could be...  read more »
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