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Address: 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
Phone Number: 6177243466
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McDowell Sonoran Preserve - A Wonderful Experience

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is an excellent way to spend an hour or a day on a fantastic hiking trail. The preserve has many miles of all kinds of trails from beginner to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is an excellent way to spend an hour or a day on a fantastic hiking trail. The preserve has many miles of all kinds of trails from beginner to difficult and some of the beat views of Scottsdale and the Phoenix valley. The trails are well marked, maps are available on line, so you can plan... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

This is a great area to hike for a variety of skill levels. They have short and loner hikes as well as fair and more challenging hikes. The paths are clearly marked and early morning hikes are a wonderful way to start the day. The views are amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Beautiful hiking trails, views of the valley. Clean visitor areas (bathrooms, water fountains and maps). There is a steward program that provides help through local volunteers. One of the treasures in the area.

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Tempe, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

My husband & I had our 1st hiking experience at McDowell Sonoran Preserve in mid-May 2015, & we only wish we'd have visited this area sooner! So many trails of various difficulty levels and lengths to enjoy desert flora & fauna! Some trails are known to be great for wildflowers, others for birds, & others for their scenery. On our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Did the gateway trail for my first hike ever, I consider I'm in decent shape and it was easier then I expect! The views are absolutely breath taking and there is no such thing as too many cactus! Being lots of water especially for tom's thumb, that hike has killer hills! Go early to stay out of the heat and... More 

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Great choice of trails! Nice variety and variations in lengths too! Hope to return and try new ones out. Perhaps one should start early as it gets hot. Bring water! Seems safe with dog walkers, runners and mountain bikers.

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Campbell, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

The McDowell Sonoran preserve provides hikes that can be challenging. The spring and summer weather can be hot make sure you take pleanty of water hiking boots and stay on the trail to avoid the ever-present rattle snakes. A large proportion of the vegetation is unique to the Sonoran desert and well worth viewing.

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Plymouth, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Every time we visit, I can't take my eyes off of the scenery. It is just so grand so gorgeous and so natural. The best time to view is a few hours before sunset, as the light starts bouncing off the mountains illuminating and darkening certain areas. As the sun sets, the sky lights up. At times there are dark... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

A variety of trails to explore for all levels. I love the Gateway trail...love to go in the spring and see all the desert plants blooming. Many other trails connect, so,depending on your time and intensity, lots to choose from. The bathrooms are immaculate, better than some resteraunts I've been in. dog friendly!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Acres and acres of pristine views and manicured trails for cyclists, hikers, dogs, and equestrian alike. Something in this vast trail system for everyone. Enjoy!

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