We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Features Animals
Review Highlights
Beautiful, just beautiful

The reserve gets pretty busy! It is extremely well kept. Trails are clearly marked. Beautiful... read more

Reviewed July 1, 2018
Badger27
,
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
via mobile
Sonoran Preserve

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

Reviewed June 13, 2018
lollygal
,
New York City, New York
Read all 997 reviews
642
All photos (642)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good19%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“gateway loop”(101 reviews)
“hiking trails”(35 reviews)
About
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
20°
Nov
16°
Dec
16°
Jan
Contact
18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
Website
+1 617-724-3466
Call
Reviews (997)
There are newer reviews for McDowell Sonoran Preserve
See the most recent reviews
Filter reviews
983 results
Traveller rating
771
186
24
1
1
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
771
186
24
1
1
Show reviews that mention
All reviews gateway loop hiking trails well marked trails bell pass great place to hike thompson peak tom's thumb great hiking nature walk sonoran desert bring water lost dog wash maintained trails mile hike trail system trail head lots of water
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
21 - 30 of 983 reviews
Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

The reserve gets pretty busy! It is extremely well kept. Trails are clearly marked. Beautiful views, clean and welcoming. We really enjoyed our time here. There are easy walks, as well as more challenging trails. Do not pass this place up!

Thank Badger27
Reviewed June 13, 2018

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

Thank lollygal
Reviewed June 3, 2018

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
Reviewed June 2, 2018

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
Reviewed May 17, 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
Reviewed May 10, 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
Reviewed May 8, 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
Reviewed May 6, 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 skipperc2014
Reviewed May 1, 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
Reviewed April 30, 2018

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

Thank cmydob
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 77 nearby hotels
Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale North/Perimeter Center
519 reviews
3.40 km away
Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains
598 reviews
3.50 km away
Scottsdale Links Resort
563 reviews
3.60 km away
Sheraton Desert Oasis
1,184 reviews
4.55 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 1,401 nearby restaurants
Ciao Grazie
47 reviews
1.12 km away
The Vig McDowell Mountain
30 reviews
1.01 km away
Freshbox
7 reviews
1.12 km away
Nori
9 reviews
1.02 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 435 nearby attractions
Celebration of Fine Art
67 reviews
4.47 km away
WestWorld of Scottsdale
124 reviews
3.16 km away
Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
52 reviews
3.57 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
hswildman
October 25, 2018|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from DannyWasserman | Reviewed this property |
No problems with bugs what so ever. Enjoy !!
0
Votes
JeanneE61
February 22, 2018|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
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.
1
Vote
rre927
October 15, 2017|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
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
1
Vote