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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
+1 617-724-3466
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Sonoran Preserve

The Sonoran Desert Preserve is a beautiful stretch of nature. The landscape and cactus are amazing... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
lollygal
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New York City, New York
"Beautiful Preserve We Need to Protect!"

We hike here every month and it is always growing and changing. The views are amazing and the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sloane H
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good19%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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“gateway loop” (106 reviews)
“nature trail” (22 reviews)
“desert hiking” (17 reviews)
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18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
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+1 617-724-3466
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"gateway loop"
in 106 reviews
"nature trail"
in 22 reviews
"desert hiking"
in 17 reviews
"well marked trails"
in 22 reviews
"great place to hike"
in 27 reviews
"great hiking trails"
in 12 reviews
"bell pass"
in 11 reviews
"thompson peak"
in 16 reviews
"tom's thumb"
in 45 reviews
"lost dog wash trailhead"
in 12 reviews
"bring water"
in 39 reviews
"mile hike"
in 25 reviews
"maintained trails"
in 15 reviews
"trail system"
in 12 reviews
"hiking shoes"
in 13 reviews
"trail head"
in 24 reviews
"lots of water"
in 17 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Sonoran Desert Preserve is a beautiful stretch of nature. The landscape and cactus are amazing to experience.

Thank lollygal
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We hike here every month and it is always growing and changing. The views are amazing and the cacti plentiful. I love hiking just before or after our monsoon storms when you can smell the petrichor!

1  Thank Sloane H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was close to our Scottsdale hotel and has parking and there is no charge, so what is not to like about this preserve. Many people were there, it was early. People had their workout clothing and their sunscreen and their water. We were almost...More

Thank LAtoEverywhere
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Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

The Best Hiking Trails in Scottsdale Arizona! Over 200 miles of well marked and maintained trails! Great trailheads with more improvements to come at some of our best vistas.

Thank Marsha L
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Reviewed 10 May 2018

We did the shorter hike and discovered just how out of shape we were! It was very beautiful and worth the trip. Talk to a guide on the way in. They are very helpful..

Thank 114AmyH
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

Our family was visiting Scottsdale in early March and decided to take a hike. We found this moderate hike very nice although it is challenging, too. We did a loop and went clockwise around a mountain that gave us nice views and plenty of local...More

1  Thank amchristy
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

When we were planning our visit to Arizona, I found the McDowell Sonoran Preserve referenced in one of the travel magazines. Other than that, I did not find much on it. However, the website is great, as it gives good maps. The size of the...More

Thank Skipper C
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

This is an incredible opportunity to walk on mostly flat grounds while viewing the lovely cacti, artwork, etc. It's so pretty, I was kind of blown away at how wonderful it was. There's a fantastic restaurant there too with great salad and wine, etc.

1  Thank debbiebiery
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

We visited a number of trials during our stay. The desert was beautiful and the trail system excellent.

Thank cmydob
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Reviewed 25 April 2018

We loved the Preserve and was one of our favorite things on the trip. A lot to see and a ton of cactus

Thank Chris H
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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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Goldielaux
4 September 2017|
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Response from TucsonOtawa_Canada | Reviewed this property |
I think all of them are dog friendly. We saw a few people with their dog on our hike.
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