McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale

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Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
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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  • Busy trails with big groups and practically NO one wearing a mask. NOT even those 65+ who are most vulnerable.  more »
  • We didn't do the whole loop, as we ran out of time, but a super beautiful hike! I highly recommend it, and it wasn't too hard. Rocky in areas, but to be expected.  more »

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