McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale

4.8
#1 of 11 in Wildlife in Scottsdale
McDowell Sonoran Preserve spans 12,150 hectares (30,000 acres) of protected desert terrain, with over 190 km (120 mi) of multi-use trails. Five trailheads offering hikes of varying difficulty and length will take you through different regions of the park. Explore the trails by foot, by bike, or on horseback, and you'll see cacti forests, wildlife, and mountain ranges. This huge preserve is geologically diverse, made up of a mixture of 1.7 billion-year-old metamorphic rocks, granite, and volcanic deposits. The preserve provides a safe home to desert plants and animals near an urban environment and connects to Tonto National Forest and McDowell Mountain Regional Park, creating a continuous wildlife corridor. Use our Scottsdale vacation website to add McDowell Sonoran Preserve and other attractions to your Scottsdale vacation plans.
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  • The views on the trails are so amazing. Me and my boyfriend really thought it was romantic and fun. We enjoyed seeing all the different cactuses and the mountains in the background. I love that they....  more »
  • The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is fantatic! With more than 225 miles of trails over 30,000+ acres, there is a hike for everyone. It is obviously hot in the summer, so you will want to take plenty of....  more »

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