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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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Address: 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
Phone Number: 6177243466
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Seasonal Surprises in the Desert

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... read more

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

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 NEW

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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Greenbelt, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I did the loop from the gateway which was only a little over a mile long hike. The hike itself was pretty easy - slight elevation and some rocks- but what made it slightly difficult was the 106f heat. :-) I'm not used to that being from the East Coast. If you go, bring your own water or water bottle.... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

gorgeous vriety of trails and great vistas An excellent way to start the day and get away from the shopping and golfing culture

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Long Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Admittedly, the desert southwest isn't for everyone. It's a harsh environment and only the hardiest flora and fauna make it out there. But that's the beauty of the desert. The life that made it out there had to specialize to take advantage of what few resources were available. The Preserve is a gem on the northeast edge of Scottsdale. There... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I live near this Preserve and it is like an oasis in the middle of the desert. There are several hiking trails to use, the scenery is beautiful and the solitude very relaxing even though the city life is not far away.

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

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

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

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

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

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