McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Type: Active, Parks

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The McDowell Sonoran Preserve protects more than 30,000 acres of pristine desert in north Scottsdale. This is a hiker's paradise, with more than 115 miles of trails, including more than 60 miles of...  Read More


  • Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: Nature-loving couples will love the open desert vistas, meandering trailways, and blooming flora at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
  • Best for Free Things to Do Because: The McDowell Sonoran Preserve offers numerous scenic hiking trails, giving visitors an up-close encounter with the Sonoran Desert.
  • Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: McDowell Sonoran Preserve is one of the most ruggedly beautiful spots to appreciate the Sonoran Desert.
  • Best for Outdoor Activities Because: McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a good starting point for exploring the natural beauty of Scottsdale's desert preserves.
  • Best for Parks Because: The McDowell Mountain Park and Preserve is one of the best places in Scottsdale to explore the open desert.

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