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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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This place is amazing, you get to see what the Sonoran looked like pre-people which is very cool. Took our daughter on a hike, saw tons of different varieties of cacti, saw lots... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Aaron C
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are a hiker or fitness buff,this is a place to check out. The Sonoran desert is virtually unspoiled here and the views are wonderful. Lots of other friendly hikers to meet and mix with while others are more serious and don't want to stop...either works.

Thank grtguy
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is amazing, you get to see what the Sonoran looked like pre-people which is very cool. Took our daughter on a hike, saw tons of different varieties of cacti, saw lots of lizards on the trails and people horseback riding. Worth your time!

Thank Aaron C
Santa Monica, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

very nice place to visit. If you have time stop by and check it out. Very interesting place to visit.

Thank tomE1050ZI
Scottsdale, Arizona
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great venue to hike, from the experienced to the family wanting to experience the desert outdoors. There are trails with different levels of difficulty and length. Best time is between late Oct. until mid April, and the mornings are better than later in the day. Lots of parking and dogs welcome. You can even mountain bike some... More 

Thank Joseph T
Vancouver, Canada
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171 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is an excellent place to take a hike in the desert. Good choice of trails, with only a few slightly steep sections with a bit of loose rock on the loop trail we took. Lots of cacti and other desert plants. Best done early in the morning, but bring lots of water. Although there were some... More 

Thank OneWayVancouver
Phoenix, Arizona
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

1 Thank ctester1114
Fishers, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 564 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

1 Thank SmokiesJunkie
Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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,

1 Thank Krista G
Scottsdale, AZ
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36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

1 Thank retiredteacherAZ
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

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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