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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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Address: 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
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I went there not sure what to expect, usually trail maps don't have a lot to support. When I arrived there was a guide to explain all the trails - super friendly. Trails runs in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went there not sure what to expect, usually trail maps don't have a lot to support. When I arrived there was a guide to explain all the trails - super friendly. Trails runs in locations for visitors can be hit or miss and make it difficult to get a great run. The Preserve provided such excellent information, highly recommend... More 

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Armonk, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After visiting the Grand Canyon's South Rim the previous day and being disappointed that the trails were way too icy to even set one foot on, we came back to Scottsdale and headed to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. One moment in suburbia, the next moment, out in this Sonoran beauty. Even the parking lot looked natural, but planned in a... More 

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Thank RedLakeChip
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There is nothing like hiking in the desert in Arizona and experiencing its wonders and topography. An ecosystem like none other in the world with its variety of desert plants. Hiker beware you need plenty of water. It may seem innocent because of the dry heart but deceiving if you are not hydrated. Please take plenty of water and wear... More 

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Richmond Hill, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We saw all ages walking these trails because there are a variety to choose from. We did select one of the more challenging trails and enjoyed the varied scenery, good workout and the views throughout the trails. Bring water bottles because you will need to hydrate and snack if you are pushing yourself. Allow 2 -3 hours because of the... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wonderful hiking trails throughout the preserve are unrivaled. The natural habitat, beautiful flora, and occasional fauna (I have seen deer, rattle snakes, gila monsters, coyotes, and other creatures) make this a wonderful desert escape.

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Newport Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Last Sunday my sisters and I enjoyed the wonder of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. It was a little cloudy outside but we made the best of it. This hike has got to better in the spring when all the flowers and cactus bloom! Lots of different trails for all sorts of hikers.

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St. Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The hikes are very interesting - didn't see the wildlife - but sure they saw us. Friends had an RV - not close to the next person and views from every campsite. Bathrooms incredibly clean - grounds clean quiet. Great views of the mountains - especially at sunset - WOW!!!!

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Peoria, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We love to visit this preserve even though it's 45 minutes from our home. It is great for out of town visitors who want to learn about the Sonoran Desert and its plants and animals. A paved path makes it easy for a great walk for families with young children, or for those who don't care to do a more... More 

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ALEXANDRIA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed a short hike here -- wish we'd had more time! Trails are well marked and provide great views of the desert and mountains. This area is easy to get to and worth a visit!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited with my teen & 'tween and my 70-year-old mother. We brought backpacks with water bottles as recommended by earlier reviewers. My husband, 'tween and I did a short, easy loop that had great views and lots of cacti. My mom didn't like walking with so many rocks on the hiking path so my teen took her back to... More 

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