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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
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Ranked #2 of 92 attractions in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Scottsdale, AZ
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

If you want a very nice and flat hike (walk) through the desert I highly recommend you try the Rock Knob Trail. You can access this first by going to the Marcus landslide Trailhead (23015 N 128th St, Scottsdale, AZ). You hike on the trail until you get to the Rock Knob junction (see photos)....this will take you toward the... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

In the heart of Scottsdale, trails call out to you to enter a casual quiet walk or they scream your name to challenge you to one of the peaks. Whichever you choose, there is a trail for you that will cause you forget the city. There are many points of entry with each one offering numerous trails to hike, bike... More

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Greenville, Kentucky
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is a 32,000 acre preserve located in Scottsdale. It is free and is an excellent choice if you would like to explore the landscaping and Terrain of Arizona. You must visit in either the mornings or the evenings because it will be excruciatingly hot in midday. A great place for sunset pictures. It must be a hidden gembecause many... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Great location close to Scottsdale and where I was working for a business trip last week. Safe environment, helpful locals that can help you navigate the different trails and multiple different paths/options for varying levels of fitness. The views are gorgeous from on top of the mountain. A perfect way to spend an evening! *MUST HAVE's ARE* Water, GOOD WALKING... More

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Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I love this place!! Very scenic views, and many, many trails of varying degrees of difficulty to choose from!!

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atlanta
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Go as early as possible....6 a.m. It is worth it. The terrain is easy riding. Just watch out for a cactus or two.

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in MA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Gorgeous views, easy trails and pleasant bathroom facilities plus some history of the area as well. Overall a relaxing place to spend a couple of hours just checking out the flora and fauna. Don't forget hat, sunscreen and water.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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81 reviews 81 reviews
27 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We hiked the Gateway Loop, which along with the access to it from the Gateway trailhead, is a little over 4 miles long, from about 1700' to about 2400' (the high point being about midway). It's a beautiful hike, close to Scottsdale and well marked. The footing is pretty rocky, so you'll need to pay attention, but well worth it.... More

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Dearborn Heights, Michigan
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The preserve was just fantastic. Unfortunately as we had forgotten our bottled water at the hotel we were unable to stay very long, however if you have never been in the southwest before (I'm from Michigan) you definitely need to come out and look at the amazing landscape and plants. I definitely suggest that anyone wishing to come should NOT... More

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carlisle
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

If you get the chance when in Arizona,Take a pink jeep tour in the Sonoran Desert.You drive out there and then go for a walk with a Guide who tells you different things about the wildlife of the desert and the flora and fauna.Then you go on a v.i.p. tour of an Animal Rehabilitation centre.The centre was started by one... More

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