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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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Desert Bike Ride

Used Brandon at Journey America for a 2 hour, guided tour on a motorized bike through the desert... read more

Reviewed March 21, 2018
John S
Kansas City, Missouri

We stayed in Scottsdale for spring break. This was on my list of must do's. The drive out to this... read more

Reviewed March 20, 2018
Bloomington, Indiana
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Reviewed March 21, 2018

Used Brandon at Journey America for a 2 hour, guided tour on a motorized bike through the desert. Scottsdale has not had rain so we missed the usual March flora blooms, but you get to a point where you can see 7 different mountain ranges....More

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Reviewed March 20, 2018

We stayed in Scottsdale for spring break. This was on my list of must do's. The drive out to this place was so cool. All of the gated communities and mansions built into the mountains was super fun to see. We also wanted to visit...More

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Reviewed March 19, 2018

Husband and I visited the preserve several times and hiked different trails. I do not like heights but none of the trails we went on were a problem. Maybe the more difficult ones would be so if that’s an issue, I’d ask a volunteer. Scenery...More

1  Thank Baisygirl
Reviewed March 19, 2018

A new Trail has been built and opened just East and on the North side of Dynamite and up(East) from the Pima and Dynamite intersection in Scottsdale. Exact address is 28777 N Pima Road, Scottsdale AZ 85262. Parking is available but no water or restrooms.

Thank Richard S
Reviewed March 18, 2018

We have lived in Scottsdale 48 years, and never taken the time to visit this great preserve. The preserve has been expanding for almost 30 years, and is now over 30,000 acres of beautiful desert tranquility. There are several paved parking areas, and sometimes there...More

Thank 989emmettm
Reviewed March 14, 2018 via mobile

We were in Scottsdale for Spring Training with friends and had a day with no games. On the recommendation of friends who live in the area we took in an early 5 mile hike. There was a very nice set of volunteers at the trailhead...More

Thank Laura D
Reviewed March 14, 2018

We visited December 28, 2017, very quiet, clean air and great trails, great for enjoying the dry desert air and wonderful sun. The weather at this time was great, warm but not hot, wearing a light long sleeve shirt and hat is adequate for UV...More

Thank Tucatuca2016
Reviewed March 12, 2018

So many trails and gorgeous desert scenery. We went on Saturday so were lucky to have guides present to offer assistance about the trail system. Flat but rocky trails.

Reviewed March 11, 2018 via mobile

This deserves to be preserved. Please visit, enjoy, and join the folks who are trying to save it from crass commercial development. The very people who stand to profit are the ones passing laws to allow it (I am not involved, but I signed the...More

Thank Robbie P
Reviewed March 11, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I are not hikers per se but we do walk quite a bit for exercise, and we were able to do a trail rated “moderately difficult “ with no problem at all. There are many trails to choose from and everything is...More

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October 25, 2018|
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Response from DannyWasserman | Reviewed this property |
No problems with bugs what so ever. Enjoy !!
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