Nature & parks in Scottsdale

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Nature & Parks in Scottsdale

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  • E r i c a G
    1 contribution
    I visiting the Conservation on my birthday and I was so happy that I did. The 2 hour tour was fun, educational and heart warming. There were bears, wolves, fox, javelinas, coyotes, mountain lions, bob cats and so much more! The tour guide Lori was the BEST! She was well informed, funny and personable. I not only enjoyed but it felt good to contribute to the facility as all proceeds from the tour go directly to the conservation! All I can say is GO and bring your friends and family!
    Written November 30, 2022
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  • soulefultraveler
    Sun City West, AZ1,892 contributions
    Acres of beautiful scenery and multiple places to hike/bike/horseback ride. Nice visitor center and many volunteers to help out on the trails. A real gem of the Valley of the Sun.
    Written November 23, 2022
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  • Victoria L
    43 contributions
    Really enjoyed our hike. The temperature in October was perfect. Just the right level of difficulty to get some exercise but not just be exhausted. Several scenic views of the valley. Definitely not for people who have a hard time with stairs.
    Written October 29, 2022
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  • justjoan2
    Olympia, WA3 contributions
    Fish and reptiles were just OK but the butterfly exhibits were more interesting. Lots of pupae and adults but they weren’t very active on an overcast day.
    Written November 19, 2022
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  • Dawn O
    17 contributions
    In thirty days we hiked over 100 miles in the Phoenix area. This was our favorite hike over Camel back and Picacho Peak. Although not as challenging it's still a nice bit of uphill and the scenery is great.
    Written November 29, 2022
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  • Fin Y
    Palm Springs, CA80 contributions
    Took the 3 year old for the Evening [4:30-7:00PM] experience. Took about 2 hours to make to thru all of the exhibits and touch the animals/plants. Not too crowed on a Sunday Afternoon.
    Written August 15, 2022
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  • Yogesh S
    Carlstadt, NJ178 contributions
    We went to this trail early in the morning, so open and beautiful rigged beauty.
    trials are about 2 miles in any directions, Suggestions, always bring water bottle with you per person. The temperature can change 15-20 degrees in mid morning. Try to go early morning, I am talking when temperature so you don't experience that change to. quickly. Facility have rest rooms, and maps plenty available, and we saw many people coming and going. Parking plenty, good pictures taking opportunity
    Written October 5, 2022
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  • Zoom_Gotti
    Henderson, NV1,412 contributions
    Well you won't get much, if any, shade here. So schedule your hiking early AM or in cooler weather. Carry water. You can refill by the restrooms. There's a wide network of trails leaving from the parking here. Most hikers head towards the summit. Probably about 2 miles with a mild elevation gain until the last 1/10th of a mile. You can scale the summit. It's not really difficult. But be careful on the downslope. Fairly steep with lots of gravel. Without a trekking pole for support you very well might slip. Most hikers return the same exact way. But you need not. Grab a green trail map from the kiosk at the beginning and study it. There are a couple of alternate easy ways back, both emanating from the saddle. Views are simply spectacular. Rattlers may be around, so watch your step. Also mountain bikers prefer certain trails, particularly near the base area. Trailhead is easy to find. There's lots of parking but, if full, try the equestrian area. Families might also enjoy the Jane Rau nature trail. though not handicap accessible, it's a pleasant 15 minute loop best starting from the shelter alongside the restroom area.
    Written April 8, 2022
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  • Merrytoes79
    Bend, OR2 contributions
    In our (2) month-long visits to Phoenix, this has been our favorite activity so far! We did the private tour with our 2- and 4-year-olds and they absolutely LOVED it. They got to feed, hold, interact and learn about so many animals! This was so much more interesting than the zoo because of the hands on experience and the one-on-one education. I can’t recommend this place enough. The staff was great, there were so many species of animals (1700 animals I believe) and it was interesting to kids and adults alike. The boys are already asking when we can go back.
    Written October 20, 2022
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  • Robin S
    Cleveland, Ohio780 contributions
    I went up via Andrew Kinsey trail and it was 3 hours up and back. Quite a workout and yet I would rate it moderate. Well worth the time.
    Written March 27, 2022
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  • TheExplorerFamily
    Somerset, NJ6,336 contributions
    This is a major Canal in Maricopa County that led to the development of several small communities around it, after construction was completed in May 1885 with the help of William John Murphy. The total length is more than 130 miles across the Phoenix Metropolitan area, and it transports water to the northern side of the Salt River. The aqueduct is 80 feet across, with a depth of more than 24 feet, and the water level is 16.5 feet deep. It is a critical part of the infrastructure of Scottsdale.

    It is especially beautiful in Old Town Scottsdale, where the banks are decorated with lights, sculptures and artwork. It is a featured backdrop for many high-end restaurants. Several bridges crossing it form wonderful photo-ops.

    There are biking and walking paths alongside it in many areas. No swimming is allowed, but fishing is permitted in selected areas with a special license.

    We came across several parts of it during our stay in Scottsdale, and took numerous pictures alongside it, and from over the bridges
    Written November 5, 2021
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  • E.S
    1 contribution
    Shanell, the store attendant was so delightful, kind and radiated with love! She definitely makes the store so inviting and is so knowledgeable about everything the store has to offer!
    I visited this lovely store for the first time today and had such a beautiful experience. Schanell was so wonderful at helping find exactly what I needed. She was such a ray of light and so helpful, I couldn't have picked out a better gift for my daughter. This store is a true gem, there is surely a treasure in there for everyone and anyone who feels led to go in, it certainly will not disappoint even if you are just curious to see what they have. Thank you so much Schanell for your beautiful insight and intuition in helping me find such a meaningful, spiritual gift from the heart!!
    Written June 7, 2022
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  • Flyinlow427vette
    Toledo, OH265 contributions
    This is a great trailhead for accessing multiple trails, including the most kid/stroller/wheelchair friendly trails. We have done the short 1/2 mile trails before when the kids were younger. We picked the Gateway trail for a better adventure now that the kids are older. It was doable for a 6 year old, and easy for an 11 year old. The footing is a bit loose at spots, but if your kids wear good shoes and watch their step it will be a great hike for them. It took us just under 2 hours at a comfortable pace, and taking time for pictures. Under 6 years old, I would stick to easier trails.
    Written April 13, 2022
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  • Jessica M
    6 contributions
    We love renting from the Bartlett Lake Marina in the summer and heading out for a day of fun on the lake! Always a great way to cool off in the Hot AZ summer and fun for all!
    Written March 10, 2022
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  • 1GiantsMS
    Redwood City, CA1,115 contributions
    It was wonderful to find a place where Max (golden retriever) could run free. Plenty of nearby parking and a safe entry way before entering the main area. Lots of room for dogs to run and exhaust some energy. All of the people we encountered were very friendly and had their dogs under control; while free.
    Written March 21, 2022
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