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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Address: 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
Phone Number: 6177243466
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Ranked #1 of 70 Attractions in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We love the beautiful trails and the fantastic trailhead facilities. One of our favorite local hikes is Tom's Thumb. It's not for the faint of heart. If you want a little less strenuous hike that still offers some views, Marcus Landslide is another favorite.

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chicago, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

we spent an afternoon taking a hike through the preserve. The bath rooms were clean, the trails were well marked and it was well worth the trip. The only complaint is that when we arrived there we no maps available. I am one of those people that likes to read maps and plan my hike so this was disappointing. Still... More 

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Rosemount, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Lots of trail options, whether you want a quick hike or a whole day in the desert. McDowell Sonoran is located close to Scottsdale and easy to get to.

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Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

One night, after a beautiful day in the high desert, I visited the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and the nearby Indian reservation. As I looked up at the stars I was amazed at the clarity and wide open expanse. This was a highlight of my trip. Parking was easy and at night the place was deserted. The darkness was wonderful for... More 

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Lafayette, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

There are short or long hikes available~perfect for a senior couple who likes to be close to facilities. Visited the morning of Preserve Day~enjoyed the talk by Scottsdale's Historian, Joan Fudala. Love the Jane Rau Trail- This interpretive trail is a wonderful walk and one of the most beautiful areas of the preserve. Hiked along a short upward path to... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Beautiful desert scenery and plenty of options for short or long hikes. Plenty of dogs and bikes though.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We are so fortunate to have the preserve in Scottsdale for hiking and biking. There are many trails with varying levels of difficulty available. They also have maps, toilets and typically a steward available at the key trailheads/parking areas to answer any questions. We love to mountain bike up in the Brown's Ranch area and hike at the Thompson Peak... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

One of the places I really wanted to visit, took a nice hike, lots of different cactus, very pretty. They have many entrances, I was with people that could not climb, and we found a trail that was flat and not as long. A must see.

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Scottsdale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I have hiked the McDowells a number of times. The trails are well marked and there are trails with different levels of difficulty. The views from the Gateway trail are very beautiful, and the location is easy to get to off Thompson Peak. Tom's Thumb is a more difficult hike, but well worth the effort.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This preserve is the trail head for miles and miles of beautiful raw trails. Cactus, bird life (including owls), packrats, butterflies, insects, and yes, reptiles abound here. Very little was done to create and maintain these trails. There is a small trail for handicapped or walking challenged people, but most of these trails are rough, rock laden, and challenging. But... More 

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