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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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Address: 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
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We Love This Place!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Peoria, Arizona
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Peoria, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 5 days ago NEW

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 5 days ago NEW 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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Tallahassee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The landscape here is beautiful. Definitely a great place in early morning, or just before sunset. A great place to get some amazing photographs.

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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loads of parking. Uneven surfaces on the trails but good choice of trails for all levels. Popular. Gets busy. Rangers on hand. Visitor centre with restroom facilities, drinking fountain. Great desert experience. Not suitable for wheelchaIrs but visitor centre very interesting if the trails are too much of a challenge.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here in December when the weather was cool. Luckily for us, the day we went to the Preserve was cloudy & overcast. We took a short hike & spent almost 2 hours there. You could easily spend all day! There are lots of trails that cover long distances. But, be prepared with water & sunscreen if you go... More 

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Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My parents and I took the day to hike parts of the gateway loop, windgate path, and tom's thumb trail. It was a managable hike with a great view. We did not get to the peak but we all enjoyed the day.

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Southborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place for a short hike or a long hike up the mountains. Since it was unusually hot for October we decided to just do the nature walk. There is lots of information on the plaques along the way that tell you all about the plants and the surrounding mountains and wildlife. If you do plan to... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You could spend days and never take the same trail twice. It get really busy so go early. Miles and miles of trails and mother nature's finest.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful views and lots of options on the trails. We really enjoyed our time there. The kids loved exploring the hike was not too difficult for them but was still challenging at times.

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