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

Lots of different trails to take a nice scenic walk . Has bathrooms and a nice parking lot also water fountain.Take water and sunscreen and enjoy the area go early but if you go... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Lots of different trails to take a nice scenic walk . Has bathrooms and a nice parking lot also water fountain.Take water and sunscreen and enjoy the area go early but if you go later take water.

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Cornelius, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I hiked/ran there several months ago. There is a nice 4 mile loop with views of the valley. It is easy to moderate. Unfortunately, I zigged when I should have zagged and ended up on an 11 mile loop. I was close to being life flighted. Now, this last time, I studied the map and made the 4 mile loop.... More 

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Lummi Island, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

While in Scottsdale, for Baseball Spring Training Camp, we took a day off to walk in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. We chose the hike up to Tom's Thumb. We're glad we got an early start, because we not only beat the heat but also the crowds. The hike was moderate in difficulty and was a little over 5 miles in... More 

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Dallas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We come here for a hike on weekends and its scenic and calm. Love this place during sunrise and sunset. Do bring in lots of water sunglass and sunscreen

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Lots of trails and decently marked. Close to town and easy to get to. There is not much shade (at least on the trails we picked) so go early in the summer

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Savannah, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Great hikes. Go early or the heat will get you. Terrain is rugged. Wear good shoes and a hiking stick would help.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Camelback is the known hiking spot around here in Scottsdale however McDowell Mountain and the preserve have great trails to hike on or even just to walk on for a brisk walk. So many trails you hardly ever run into anyone unless coming back to the beginning. perfect for bringing dogs.

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A dynamic ecological, educational and botanical experience. The Sonoran Desert Museum can best be enjoyed when the high is forecast to be 75 degrees because this museum is outdoors facing the direct sun and HEAT. It is VERY easy to get heat stroke here. If you've never been to this region before, this museum will be educational, but there's a... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

My favorite time to hike in the Preserve is the spring, when the cactus flowers pepper the desert floor. There are mixes of whites, hot pink, reds and yellow wild flowers nesting on the green plants. Blooming starts in late Feb through April. The sunsets are breathtaking and the trails offer many levels of exploration from desert walk to interval... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Summary: I love, love, love, love, love the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. You should go there. You really should. For more, read on. For starters, the Gateway Trailhead and the facilities are rather special. Forget your average map-on-a-board, this is Scottsdale and it shows. There's a rather nice nature trail close to the gateway and you'll probably learn something if you... More 

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Address: 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
Phone Number: 6177243466
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Scottsdale

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