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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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great trail and one of many great trails in the McDowell Mountains and a must see if you are in Scottsdale. Allow quite some time to walk the trails which can be a little strenuous and ensure you have water on a hot day.

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve which feels worlds away from urban Scottsdale. There are numerous trails to hike. Its good to bring water and also realize this is desert country. The botanical desert plants were beautiful when we went.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago 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 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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 3 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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