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I was hesitant to go, since it was middle of June, but our car rental Shuttle bus driver convinced us and we are glad that we visited. It is very well maintained and so many flowering cactus is really something to see. I will recommend...More
The reserve gets pretty busy! It is extremely well kept. Trails are clearly marked. Beautiful views, clean and welcoming. We really enjoyed our time here. There are easy walks, as well as more challenging trails. Do not pass this place up!
This was close to our Scottsdale hotel and has parking and there is no charge, so what is not to like about this preserve. Many people were there, it was early. People had their workout clothing and their sunscreen and their water. We were almost...More
Our family was visiting Scottsdale in early March and decided to take a hike. We found this moderate hike very nice although it is challenging, too. We did a loop and went clockwise around a mountain that gave us nice views and plenty of local...More
When we were planning our visit to Arizona, I found the McDowell Sonoran Preserve referenced in one of the travel magazines. Other than that, I did not find much on it. However, the website is great, as it gives good maps. The size of the...More
This is an incredible opportunity to walk on mostly flat grounds while viewing the lovely cacti, artwork, etc. It's so pretty, I was kind of blown away at how wonderful it was. There's a fantastic restaurant there too with great salad and wine, etc.
One of the other posts includes a suggestion to "plan and prepare for your hike." So, hikes can be done year-round, but plan the trail, time of day and exertion level for the optimum. Most of the desert plants bloom between... More
One of the other posts includes a suggestion to "plan and prepare for your hike." So, hikes can be done year-round, but plan the trail, time of day and exertion level for the optimum. Most of the desert plants bloom between February and May. Early morning is coolest, and there are hikes that have more shade in certain times of the day. As a starter try the Gateway loop early in the morning going clockwise (Uphill in shade to saddle then mostly downhill back in sun). Wear good shoes with a shank support, bring plenty of water, and poles if you want a little help in gravel or downhills.