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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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Best choice of trails in the Phoenix area

If you are a hiker or a biker, the McDowell Sonoran Resort has it all. Great trails for all levels of hiking and biking with superb trailhead facilities. Furthermore, be on the... read more

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you are a hiker or a biker, the McDowell Sonoran Resort has it all. Great trails for all levels of hiking and biking with superb trailhead facilities. Furthermore, be on the lookout for the stewards in the blue shirts. They are the go-to persons for advice about the trails and assistance of almost any kind.

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The landscape is such a beauty.. This is something to put in someone's list when visiting Scottsdale. You'll get to appreciate the Sonoran desert's beauty more.

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Reston
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled upon it and delighted by how peaceful it is. You felt like you were in Navajo country way up in NE Arizona. Stunning views. Fairly easy trail. Gorgeous bathroom amenities. Not too crowded.

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Brentwood, Tennessee
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great walking trails, flowers were gone, so missed that. Varied terrain and different trails for casual walking and more strenuous walking as well.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The McDowell Sonoran preserve was started probably 20 years ago and it has grown. There are many trailheads, there are many options for hiking styles be it easy, wheelchair friendly, or difficult. Many of the trailheads have restroom facilities, some of them do not. Aside from getting a little exercise, the views are spectacular. Fresh air at its best and... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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166 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This beautiful public area in NE Scottsdale is open to all to enjoy. Hike, ride, and learn about the beautiful High Sonoran Desert here. A modest fee is charged for day use.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took a 3 mile hike from the Browns ranch trail head. It was hot but worth the effort. Unfortunately didn't see much wildlife. Be sure to bring at least 64 oz of water per person, no shade.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great hike with awesome views. I would have given it five stars if we had better info before we went which would have made our hike a 5 star experience for sure. This is a relatively easy and fast hike (4miles rt). When getting close to the summit you go up a scree and rock shoot, here... More 

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Gelderland Province, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So me and the lady decided to take a little tour while we where here and we came upon this on groupon, we where like hell yeah thats cheap, so we went. we saw lots of birds, i hate birds. There where snakes, many snakes and the lady and i do not like snakes. I highly do not recommend this... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited this gem of a nature park twice during my 5 day visit to the Phoenix area. On the weekday visit, we had the park virtually to ourselves, not venturing too far from the gateway trailhead due to still getting acclimated to the heat. Even a short walk was very rewarding, as there are nature signage with interesting information... More 

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