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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
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Ranked #2 of 92 Attractions in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Mesa, AZ
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is a wonderful place to go for day hikes, see some wildlife, and experience the Arizona Desert. They have nice picnic areas for family and friend gatherings. The hiking paths are well maintained. Always....stay on the trails and carry water with you when you hike in the desert.

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Great Neck, NY
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We hiked for a few hours. Breathtaking. Tons of levels of difficulty from easiest to hardest, and all beautiful. Must go there if in the area!

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Calgary, Canada
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78 reviews 78 reviews
35 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Lovely place to hike. Quiet. Views of valley with shading of desert colors is calming. Worth the drive - even for a quick walk.

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Spring Grove, Illinois
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My husband and I love to be outdoors and this is a perfect location to hike! The weather is HOT in July... so hike early and bring lots of water. You can't beat the views! Trails are well marked which makes it very easy to manage with kids!

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Probably one of my favorite hikes. My husband was in Scottsdale for a meeting so I did a little exploring and was so pleased to find this piece of heaven. First off the parking was great more than enough spots to accommodate I was also very happy with the signage everything was marked so you knew exactly where you were... More

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Scottsdale, AZ
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

If you want a very nice and flat hike (walk) through the desert I highly recommend you try the Rock Knob Trail. You can access this first by going to the Marcus landslide Trailhead (23015 N 128th St, Scottsdale, AZ). You hike on the trail until you get to the Rock Knob junction (see photos)....this will take you toward the... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

In the heart of Scottsdale, trails call out to you to enter a casual quiet walk or they scream your name to challenge you to one of the peaks. Whichever you choose, there is a trail for you that will cause you forget the city. There are many points of entry with each one offering numerous trails to hike, bike... More

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Greenville, Kentucky
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is a 32,000 acre preserve located in Scottsdale. It is free and is an excellent choice if you would like to explore the landscaping and Terrain of Arizona. You must visit in either the mornings or the evenings because it will be excruciatingly hot in midday. A great place for sunset pictures. It must be a hidden gembecause many... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Great location close to Scottsdale and where I was working for a business trip last week. Safe environment, helpful locals that can help you navigate the different trails and multiple different paths/options for varying levels of fitness. The views are gorgeous from on top of the mountain. A perfect way to spend an evening! *MUST HAVE's ARE* Water, GOOD WALKING... More

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Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I love this place!! Very scenic views, and many, many trails of varying degrees of difficulty to choose from!!

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