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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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The Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a large, permanently protected, sustainable desert habitat.The Preserve has an interconnected network of non-motorized multi-use trails... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a large, permanently protected, sustainable desert habitat.The Preserve has an interconnected network of non-motorized multi-use trails (hike/bike/horse) accessed from multiple trail-head locations and is open to the public, free of charge, from sunrise to sunset.

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Fishers, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took one of the trails that was about 4.5 miles long. Nice views and even though the temperature was over 100 it wasn't that bad for Midwesterners who are used to high humidity. My wife loved all the desert fauna and cactus as we never see this in the Midwest. I am surprised that so many reviewers warn about... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We started several mornings of our vacation with a hike at the Preserve. We marveled at the differences in plant communities in different areas of the park. Hard to say which was our favorite, though the landslide trail, which interprets geology, was a unique experience,

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Scottsdale, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The McDowell Mountain-desert Trails are fantastic! The one I will review today is the Ringtail Trail located at the lost Dog Wash Trailhead in Scottsdale, Az (located at 124th st. and Via Linda ave). This trail is a nice trail, about 2.4 miles around the loop with great sights of desert plant life, cacti, and a couple spots with overlooks... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place made me wish I lived in Scottsdale! It is a beautiful place to hike, where you get to see a lot of flora and fauna in a desert environment - very refreshing as it's very different from hiking trails in North Georgia, where I typically hike. It was unfortunate that my weekend in Arizona was the same weekend... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to go to two BEAUTIFUL trailheads that have lots of interpretive information about the geology and flora and fauna in the area, then start your hike from Tom's Thumb trailhead or Gateway. They also have extensive maps so you can select your hike. If you choose a hike from Gateway, you will hear road noise for a... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful place to hike and see the great outdoors that Arizona has to offer. Gateway Loop is a nice hike that is not too strenuous where you will climb small hills and see lots of vegetation and some wildlife. Trails are well marked and safe for most hikers. You may also... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place is great for a short hike, a day trip, or whatever you are looking to do. The trails are kept very nice. The cactus are unique in that spot. We had a short time to do something so we cruised out there. It was great. Bring lots of water no matter the season.

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Menifee, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

Awesome 4 mile hike, moderate, pretty good workout, very well marked trail with lots of desert vegetation, beautiful!

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Clearwater, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Love the McDowell's for a "quickie" hike. My fave is the Gateway Loop off Thompson Peak. Starbucks 2 miles away. Hike, coffee, back to office. Heaven.

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