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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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Cactus galore, so many different variety of cactus with flower and bird, its worth the visit.

I was hesitant to go, since it was middle of June, but our car rental Shuttle bus driver convinced... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chicago, Illinois
Beautiful, just beautiful

The reserve gets pretty busy! It is extremely well kept. Trails are clearly marked. Beautiful... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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“nature trail”(22 reviews)
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18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

1  Thank lmisra
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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!

Thank Badger27
Reviewed June 13, 2018

The Sonoran Desert Preserve is a beautiful stretch of nature. The landscape and cactus are amazing to experience.

Thank lollygal
Reviewed June 3, 2018

We hike here every month and it is always growing and changing. The views are amazing and the cacti plentiful. I love hiking just before or after our monsoon storms when you can smell the petrichor!

1  Thank Sloane H
Reviewed June 2, 2018

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

Thank LAtoEverywhere
Reviewed May 17, 2018 via mobile

The Best Hiking Trails in Scottsdale Arizona! Over 200 miles of well marked and maintained trails! Great trailheads with more improvements to come at some of our best vistas.

Thank Marsha L
Reviewed May 10, 2018

We did the shorter hike and discovered just how out of shape we were! It was very beautiful and worth the trip. Talk to a guide on the way in. They are very helpful..

Thank 114AmyH
Reviewed May 8, 2018

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

1  Thank amchristy
Reviewed May 6, 2018

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

Thank Skipper C
Reviewed May 1, 2018

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.

1  Thank debbiebiery
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February 22, 2018|
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Response from Jim-Wilmywood | Reviewed this property |
No bikes for rent in the park. if renting one elsewhere, you should be an experienced trail rider. These trails are rocky and rough and steep in a few places.
October 15, 2017|
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Response from Gary B | Reviewed this property |
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
September 3, 2017|
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Response from TucsonOtawa_Canada | Reviewed this property |
I think all of them are dog friendly. We saw a few people with their dog on our hike.