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Address: 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
Phone Number: 6177243466
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Perfect hike!

Bring your dog, a friend or music and of course plenty of water- and sunscreen..and be prepared to be WOWED by Scottsdale at her best!! Various trails for beginners all the way to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Bring your dog, a friend or music and of course plenty of water- and sunscreen..and be prepared to be WOWED by Scottsdale at her best!! Various trails for beginners all the way to seasoned pros on unicycles.

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Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

A wonderful desert for all kinds of activities. We hiked on our own and there were plenty of trails for people off all ability levels.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

My daughter and I hiked the Scenic Route... we had an incredible time and the total route was just less than 5 miles. ... The views are beautiful... be wary of going off trail too much, we both got attacked by cacti :) ... Very painful but such a fun adventure!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We started at the Tom's Thumb trailhead and headed out to the Marcus Landslide, then looped back on trails through the McDowell Mountain Regional Park, which took us about 4 hours, with stops for admiring views and taking pictures. The interpretive plaques along the way are very well done and describe the landslide, various interesting geologic formations and the geologic... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

If you want to see a huge variety of nearly perfect cacti specimens, go to the Desert Botanical garden. The Preserve shows you the desert in all its natural glory and, while impressive, that includes heat (get there early if you want to hike), a couple of cactus types and lots of dry, open expanse. We arrived with a 7... More 

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Canton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

When hiking such a natural, beautiful trail I always think of the first people to come west and what they might have been thinking as they encountered the desert. We hiked the Gateway Loop Trail on a Tuesday morning and encountered a lot more "traffic" than the pioneers would have, both hikers and bikers, but I love seeing people getting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 via mobile

I love it here! It is gorgeous, stunning sunsets with lovely walks for all ages! My favorite place! Lovely fauna. A must if visiting Scottsdale area!

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Beautiful hiking without the crowds; options for long or short hikes, easier or more difficult. Beautiful views! Volunteers available on week-ends to advise.

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Livermore, CA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Took a 4-5 mile hike. Great experience. Trail I took was moderately difficult (Gateway Loop), but well worth it. There are many more trails longer, shorter, harder and easier. A real 'hike in the desert'. Bring water go early, but go, even if you just walk a few hundred yards and return. A must do if you ever wanted to... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

This preserve is a wonderful example of humans treating nature with respect. The trails are accessible to everyone and the beauty of the hills and cactus and creatures are still there. Walk early in the day and pack plenty of water - it gets hot!

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