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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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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 February and May. Early morning is coolest, and there are hikes that have more shade in certain times of the day. As a starter try the Gateway loop early in the morning going clockwise (Uphill in shade to saddle then mostly downhill back in sun). Wear good shoes with a shank support, bring plenty of water, and poles if you want a little help in gravel or downhills.