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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
6177243466
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Ranked #2 of 88 attractions in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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12 reviews 12 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

we went to see the dale chihuly garden and glass exhibit. The is the second time he has set this up at the McDowell sonoran preserve and it was great. if you have never seen the way he sets up is glass works in a botanical garden you have really missed something. Must have taken over 100 pictures!

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Scottsdale, Arizona
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The citizens of Scottsdale voted to tax themselves to purchase over 30,000 acres of pristine Sonoran Desert lands keeping them from destruction by urban sprawl so as to be preserved forever in its natural state. There are trails for every person and beautiful trail heads. If you are a seasoned hiker or a newbie you will be inspired by this... More

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Lake Forest, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Very well organized, maintained and preserved trails, trail heads and parking. Thank goodness this land has been set aside for public use as the group who is the McDowell Sonoran Preserve had the foresight to save this wonderful acreage for all to enjoy. We did not see one person without a smile on their face as we hiked the various... More

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Singer Island, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I was a little afraid of hiking since I am not an experienced outdoors woman but this place was perfect. There are lots of options on trails. It is not a race and it was a great place to experience the Arizona desert. There were runners, mountain bikers and me and we all co-exist in this idyllic setting.

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Chicago suburbs
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61 reviews 61 reviews
28 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

After hiking Tom's Thumb the day before, this hike was flat. We did the Granite Mountain Loop Trail. It was a wonderful walk. Saw only a few people at the beginning of the trail. We also saw a gila monster on the trail. Bring your own water.

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Sherman, Connecticut
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107 reviews 107 reviews
18 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We hiked the Windgate pass trail and the Bajada nature Trail. Windgate was less enjoyable than either Camel back or Tom Thumb but more challenging than the Marcus Landslide Trail. You are still in the Sonoran Desert and that's a challenge in itself.

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Mississauga, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We hiked the trails in this preserve and found them to be spotless and well marked. We enjoyed the beauty of the desert and the peaceful environment. Trails vary in length and difficulty. So there is something for everyone. A definite must see.

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Seattle, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Go early in the morning before the blazing sun and crowds. Beautiful morning hike. Would recommend but only in the coolness of the morning.

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Experience the beauty of the desert in a hike that can be tailored to the age and ability of the group. We visited with a 3 and 6 year old and totally enjoyed the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead where we did a 2 mile loop. People we met there were planning a 25 mile loop. We particularly appreciated the very... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Bring water and shades (like in any hike). Close to the city, easy access by car with good place to park There are longer and shorter routes, all the trails are in great condition. Lovely view.

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