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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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Our favorite hike of our week in Arizona

This Preserve has our favorite trails in the area- there is something for everyone from gentle to advanced trails! The geologic formations are astounding and the scenery is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Pasadena
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66 reviews 66 reviews
21 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This Preserve has our favorite trails in the area- there is something for everyone from gentle to advanced trails! The geologic formations are astounding and the scenery is gorgeous. Do not miss!

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Scottsdale
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Right outside my backyard - literally. Good workout. Different trails to choose from. Fun, scenic of course. A Scottsdale gem.

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Cave Creek, Arizona
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We have walked several trails but took visitors to the Bootleg/Granite Mountain Loop trail. We enjoy the hiking paths as well as the scenery. Not knowing how much hiking our visitors wanted to do this turned out to be an excellent choice. Very little elevation 200' and an easy walk. Sticks are not necessary unless a person feels more comfortable... More 

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San Mateo, CA
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207 reviews 207 reviews
57 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

There are many trails here. We did the 4 mile Gateway Tail/loop. I have hiked in half our national parks, California, and many other areas and this was the worst hike ever. Why? Rocks and trail as hard as cement. Add to that mountain bikers and a zillion people on a fairly narrow trail. Too many other options in the... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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259 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Fantastic area to be hiking. Easy access from the main roads. Well marked trails and well maintained. Parking area is very safe and clean with water/restrooms/info/maps/etc. Great views when you are able to hike up high enough. Ended up coming out here three days in a row. Would definitely recommend and will be returning. Has levels for anyone from the... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Went to hike on a beautiful but very very windy morning. The trail was mobbed. Folks walking two abreast, occasionally forcing me off the trail. Finally went to nature interpretive trail which was lovely. Quiet with best signs I've seen in southwest re nature, geology, etc.

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Deposit, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Very nice out door activity to examine at your own pace. Good for all ages and people of all activity levels.

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New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We were looking for a hike without elevation change and McDowell Sonoran Preserve was the perfect spot. Lots of easy, rolling terrain, although there are more vertical trails if you want them. Trails are very well marked with names, destinations and distance. We hiked from the Brown's Ranch Trailhead to Cathedral Rock -- 5 miles roundtrip on a gorgeous sunny... More 

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32 reviews 32 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful spot. Owned by the city of scottsdale. Runs on fundraising. Good trails. Some nice elevation changes. Spectacular views. Something for everyone.

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Marina del Rey, California
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We had a picture perfect Arizona day and hikers were out to take advantage. The reserve is large enough and some of the trails long enough that you can get away from the humanity even on such a popular day. We hiked the Gateway Loop and it's a good quality hike for those used to hiking, those who don't want... More 

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