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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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Address: 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
Phone Number: 6177243466
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A highlight of scottsdale

Well maintained, multi challenging enormous park. Beautiful desert vegetation, nature walk areas for handicapped. Or March up the canyons into the mountains. Very popular park but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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57 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well maintained, multi challenging enormous park. Beautiful desert vegetation, nature walk areas for handicapped. Or March up the canyons into the mountains. Very popular park but not abnoxiously crowded. Multiple access points. And it is free! Clean restrooms and information area. Great place to return to

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Girvan, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are many trails of differing difficulty. It would also depend on the time of year that you visited. We were here in December so the heat was not a great problem. Summer would be different. The trails are well marked and there is lots of information describing the Flora and Fauna. Flat walks and ones that climb to maybe... More 

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Fishers, Indiana
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We didn't do a long hike but where we went and what we saw was breathtaking! Many different lengths of hiking trails. There were just enough people that you didn't feel alone. Highly recommended!!

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Thank karen r
Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Trails were clean and well maintained. Loved the way they have signs by some of the more interessting plants that describe them.

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Upper Sandusky, Ohio
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52 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love to walk with my beautiful wife on this trail. I have seen cactus wrens resting on the Saguara Giant Cactus, a really cool bird. This is an easy walk, easy access hike for everyone. Full of scenery for the eyes to behold. One of my favorite walks on the planet. I hike here almost daily. I am the... More 

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Yorba Linda, California
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55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This preserve was near our rented house. There are several trails to take and we took the one that traveled up the mountain. We enjoyed it since it had an incline we could all hike. Signage could be better.

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Thank Cwinner
Boise, Idaho
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lousy directions from our hotel, but asked a kind gentleman who explained how to get to one of the trailheads. We almost passed the small parking lot just next to the road, but made it just in time to hike for 40 minutes as it closed at sunset. The desert view hit the magic hour for photography as... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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62 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The paths take you through several styles of landscape. Bring a hat, suncreen and long-sleeved shirt, even in the winter. They had an amazing lapidarium and really enjoyed that too.

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Harvard, Illinois
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great walking/hiking paths. You can choose the difficulty level and they even have a short paths with displays of certain desert plant and animal life. Make sure to bring water.

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Denver, Colorado
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The drive from where we were staying in Old Town Scottsdale made it an easy trip. The trail system is extremely well maintained, ideal for a simple hike, or a heart pounding trail run. A destination not to be missed by the outdoor enthusiast.

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