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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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Lovely hiking trails!

This was a great time! We decided to hike an easy trail, but they had so many different ones to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Monica C
I can't believe I hadn't been here!

I had gone out here early last Saturday to scope out locations for a family photo session I was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Maria F
Scottsdale, Arizona
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“gateway loop”(101 reviews)
“nature trail”(23 reviews)
“desert hiking”(17 reviews)
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18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a great time! We decided to hike an easy trail, but they had so many different ones to choose. I would definitely do this again.

Thank Monica C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had gone out here early last Saturday to scope out locations for a family photo session I was going to be doing that afternoon. So many different trail offerings! I MUST go back to try out others, as I only explored one little section....More

1  Thank Maria F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Head to the McDowell Sonoran Reserve for easy to difficult hiking trails and a great vantage point for AZ sunsets.

Thank Rob L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have done the loop hike a couple of times in September and with the heat, its hot enough to be pretty challenging. There isn't a HUGE elevation change, but big enough to get some views. Of course bring some water, but there is a fountain...More

1  Thank ODM84
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Hikes for all ages and abilities available at this wonderful Preserve on the edge of Scottsdale. Plenty of locals walk their dogs, walk and run these trails. Plenty of free parking at Gateway Trailhead with a building with bathrooms and water. Be prepared, take lots...More

1  Thank Mary Ann S
Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

A mildly strenous hike. Well marked, good maps, many trail options beautiful area. Easy enough to do a short or long hike. Remember to bring water!

Thank Valerie0925
Reviewed September 2, 2018

If you like to hike this is the place to go to. You can choose from a variety of different trails to hike within this area. They have different hiking trails for shorter or longer hikes or more difficult hikes for the more experienced hiker.

Thank zulardesigns
Reviewed August 30, 2018

This place was not far from our resort in Scottsdale and we started most days by taking a walk here. From the trailhead, there are numerous trails you can walk on, of different levels of difficulty and length. All are very well marked and organized....More

Thank rduinc
Reviewed August 13, 2018

Taking a hike through this preserve was the highlight of our family vacation. We have an 11 year old and it was going to be hot (100+) so we opted for the North Trail which is only 3 miles. The best part - it came...More

1  Thank tinleyparktraveler
Reviewed July 29, 2018

Whatever you do, you must stop by this place and take all the cactus and other wildlife that the Southern Arizona area has to take in. This is a wonderful place, but try to go when its not 110 degrees. We came during the summer...More

1  Thank DannyWasserman
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February 22, 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.
October 15, 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
September 3, 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.