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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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“gateway loop”(109 reviews)
“nature trail”(26 reviews)
“desert hiking”(18 reviews)
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18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were in Arizona for a soccer tournament and had 5-6 hours to kill before our flight home. We decided to do this hike based on the reviews we read here on trip advisor. We loved it and found all the reviews to be spot...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited for one day the preserve and, in fact one day is not enough time to go through its surprisingly trails. The incredible quantity and variety of cactus and autoctone flora that grows in the stony and sandy soil gives beautiful landscapes and hosts...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank JCA10000
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very popular place but people were very spread out so we did not feel crowded. Some inclines but relatively easy over all.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank janicepk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having never seen saguaro cactus before, we wanted to see them up close. This was perfect. There were clean restrooms and water for humans and pets alike. The nature trail was only 1/2 mile long, but the informative signs along the way made it so...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank fiftystatesevenconts
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The one thing I love about this area is that the outdoor activities all seem to have restrooms, drinkable water and shaded areas for walkers and hikers.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Roxy236
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am not a hiker at all but went with my 14 year old son. We took a nice 3 mile hike. The trails were marked (sort of), so we got lost a bit, but made it back to the car eventually!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank sobeum77
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The McDowell Sonoral Preserve is over 30,000 acres of desert and mountains with over 200 miles of walking trails and a place I always visit every time in Scottsdale. The best starting point is the Gateway area with numerous trails, some more difficult that others...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great trail for a couple hour moderate hike. We didn't make it all the way around due to time, but the views and moderate terrain going counterclockwise were perfect for us. Restrooms and maps were readily available at the trail head and there was plenty...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lyndley K
Reviewed 14 January 2019 via mobile

This place was well maintained & had various trails for every ability. Watch your step, however, as there are dogs allowed & some waste litters common walking areas. Would be nice to have dog owners pick up their pet's wastes. This is not a road...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 428denice
Reviewed 8 January 2019 via mobile

Hundreds if miles if trails, varying degrees of difficulty. You'll find many that fit your level. Go, because there's nothing like a desert hike. Trails are well marked and maps are furnished. Magical place!

Date of experience: January 2019
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hswildman
25 October 2018|
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Response from DannyWasserman | Reviewed this property |
No problems with bugs what so ever. Enjoy !!
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JeanneE61
22 February 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.
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rre927
16 October 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
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