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McDowell Sonoran Preserve: Tours & Tickets

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18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Created in 1990, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, Arizona, covers about 30,500 acres and is the largest urban park or nature preserve in the United States. Located at 18333 North Thompson Peak Parkway, it is a peaceful oasis where visitors can connect with nature...More

Date of experience: November 2019
1  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was as a beautiful day. The vegetation in the high Sonoran desert along Marcus Landslide Trail was spectacular. It’s a bit more than a 2 mile hike round trip. The trail is easy to moderate depending on your pace. There are mild elevation changes...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank KCinAZ55
Reviewed 14 September 2019

Wish we had the map/brochure before we headed out. GPS for McDowell Sonoran Preserve takes you to Gateway Trailhead. We learned later that there are seven other trailheads. Within each Trailhead, there are the different trails. Many trails, ranging from half mile to 5 miles....More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank aasmith331
Reviewed 4 September 2019

My husband and I love to hike in the desert and there are many trails to choose from. From short 30 minute hikes to several hours there is something here for all fitness levels. Love getting out and enjoying the beautiful Arizona scenery.

Date of experience: June 2019
4  Thank mrsmcford
Reviewed 4 September 2019 via mobile

There is nothing like the Sonoran Desert. Beautiful wherever you look. The natural desert is untouched. The trails are mapped out. There are several different trail heads to choose from with all kinds of hiking challenges. This the best place to enjoy the beauty of...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank bscheiner2019
Reviewed 19 August 2019

The is nothing better than to hike the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in mid-winter when it is sunny and warm. Take in the majestic Sonoran desert, the views back to Scottsdale and Phoenix and the beautify the Saguaro and the various cacti and local plants. Start...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 12 August 2019

The Sonoran Preserve has a series of excellent trails that are well marked and well maintained. You do have to share the trails with animals and bikers but it never seems to be too crowded. The facilities at the base of the trail heads are...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank David R
Reviewed 30 July 2019

We didn't really know too much about the Preserve until we showed up. Admittedly, we were not looking to go on an extensive hike, so when we arrived we didn't realize the welcome center was largely a starting point for a lot of trailheads. Nevertheless,...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank gabriellesalazar
Reviewed 14 July 2019

McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a nice hiking area close toi downtown Scotttsdale. It has hiking trails of various lengths and difficulties, so it is suitable for beginners as well as for serious hikers.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Günther E
Reviewed 3 July 2019

I explored the Bajada Nature Trail at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve when I was in Scottsdale on June 26, 2019. I was pleased to find this barrier free trail that I could negotiate quite easily in my manual wheelchair. The trail was hard packed with...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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30 May 2019|
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Response from drronhmd | Reviewed this property |
2 to 5 hours depending on your level of fitness and enthusiasm. Hiking early morning and late afternoon is recommend especially during the warmest months. A lot of different trails to choose from. A trail guide with... More
25 March 2019|
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Response from bolla1 | Reviewed this property |
It is only hiking trails as well as bike and horse trails. Trail length is an option so one can take a shorter hike.
25 October 2018|
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Response from DannyWasserman | Reviewed this property |
No problems with bugs what so ever. Enjoy !!