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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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Address: 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
Phone Number: +1 617-724-3466
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Beautiful Sonoran Desert/Mountainscape

Perhaps at first you think to yourself, "There is nothing here save dirt, rocks and boulders...." - that's what you will think. Keep walking. The desert will come alive with its... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Perhaps at first you think to yourself, "There is nothing here save dirt, rocks and boulders...." - that's what you will think. Keep walking. The desert will come alive with its secrets if you are quiet and keep walking. Love flora - pay attention to the variety of cactus and wild flowers that surround you. Love fauna - keep quiet... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve has wonderful hiking trails. A particular favorite is the Gateway Loop trail. Easy and plentiful parking, there are restrooms available. Dogs are allowed. Trails are accessible to mountain bikers as well. This area can get crowded on the weekends.

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Langley, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I utilized this area for mountain biking, previously I had hiked the area. This was a more technical (rocky) then others I have found. Was an enjoyable way to spend an hour. Packed with hikers though, very difficult to find a time when the area isn't very busy.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 3 weeks ago

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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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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