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Address: 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
Phone Number: +1 617-724-3466
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A "Must See" on Your Next Visit

Beautiful, serene, stimulating walk through this Sonoran Preserve. Excellent wayfinding and informative volunteer guides to educate you on desert flora. Lovely gift shop and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Annemarie M
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful, serene, stimulating walk through this Sonoran Preserve. Excellent wayfinding and informative volunteer guides to educate you on desert flora. Lovely gift shop and restaurant on site.

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Brasil
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent about 1.5hrs hiking here while we had some time to kill in Phoenix. Was about a 30min drive from downtown Phoenix. The reserve is near a big residential area so plenty of people out and about. Options for easy or moderate hiking. Trails are in good condition and well marked. As you climb higher the trails, the trails... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we started our morning hike at the "lost dog wash trailhead". there are several trail which emanate from this site. a lot of parking is available and restrooms are at the start. all of the trails head into cactus country with some up and downs. most trails loop back to the start site except for the "sunrise trail". this is... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a few hours to kill before a business meeting. The hiking trails were enjoyable. The views were fantastic.

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Akron, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I made it to the nature preserve just as the sun was rising over the rocks and it was beautiful. I decided to hike for a bit and then did a trail run back down to the parking lot. It wa very rocky but easy to navigate while hiking. The sites were beautiful and it was nice to experience a... More 

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Bristol, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

impressive cactus, good trail system, water spouts at trail head, pretty views, difficult loose rocks at times.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful trail system where you can do any type of hike or walk you want. Facilities well kept and trails wide open.

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South Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed a 4/12 mile hike into this beautiful preserve. There were miles of trails to choose from and there were many people out walking dogs and/or running the trails, or just strolling. Beautiful views. Wear good hiking shoes - very rocky.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed the beautiful desert landscape and challenging trails on our mountain bikes. Awesome views!

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Paths clearly marked. Views terrific. Volunteer at check in provided a wealth of information so that we could select the right route for the day.

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