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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
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Ranked #2 of 97 Attractions in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Scottsdale, AZ
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I was hiking and taking tour groups there long before it was a park. Scottsdale had the foresight to buy the mountain and preserve it and have since built some parking lots, restrooms and information centers. Good for everyone from the casual stroller to the serious hiker/climber this as a must. The desert is very lush there and the vegetation... More

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London
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Well marked trails, stable for the most part (some uneven parts where strollers would NOT work), but there is a paved nature path that's very flat and it's neat to be out in the desert!

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Plano, Texas, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Great trail with amazing views of Four Peaks, Weavers Needle, & Superstition Mountains. We are beginer to moderate hikers and not in great shape. Its 4.7 miles or so if you include the loop trail. We didn't get overly exhausted and it was perfect for our "level" of hiking. It took us a little over 2 hours to do the... More

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Redmond, Washington
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64 reviews 64 reviews
18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is just a small place with a lot of personality. Very nice people who work here too. Great for kids.

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The trails are reasonably well marked for this type of hiking. We entered from the west side, but there is an entrance on the east. We did the Saddle loop which was about 4 miles with a 700 foot gain in elevation so you could walk. Many locals use it as a running area. If you don't want something as... More

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Fullerton, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

If you love to go hiking and do not have any idea about the weather in Arizona, you rather go early in the morning or you can feel roasted :) Beautiful trail and beautiful views. Plenty of water is recommended :)

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Folsom, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The landscape was covered with different local types of Cactuses and native Arizona plants. The Preserve offered numerous hiking trails offering unique views and difficulty levels. I recommend going there in the morning to avoid the heat.

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Center Valley, PA
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

In late September 2014, my wife and I hiked the Gateway Loop trail and part of the Windgate Trail on two successive days. This is a fabulous place to hike! You are walking on trails beside Sonoran desert plants and the saguaro and other plants are gorgeous. The trail is mostly loose rocks, so this is a great place to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

In short, outside of the superstition range, a great set of mountains where you are truly on the edge of Sonoran wilderness. Whether a sweaty ascent to the "thumb" or a leisurely stroll with family and children, scenic and beautiful each time.

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Sellin, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Great for shorter hikes. Good trails and enough parking. Easy hikes. Will be back for more hikes. My friends enjoyed the hikes, too.

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