Desert Exploration

Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert is yours to explore, from winding rivers and towering peaks to lush valleys and arroyos. Take a hike in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Make a splash on a white-water rafting trip. Or head for the desert’s most pristine expanses on an off-road tour by Jeep, Hummer or horseback. From do-it-yourself experiences to guided excursions, come discover Scottsdale’s adventurous side.

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Desert Discovery Guide

This handy guide will help you get to know Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert! The guide includes detailed hiking trail listings and maps, information on local flora and fauna, wildlife watching tips and more.

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    When you’re in an environment like the Sonoran Desert, every moment seems like a photo opp. This is especially true during sunset. Following are some of the best places to see a sunset in Scottsdale. Don’t forget…

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  • Find Your Best Hike

    Whether you’re looking for easy trails brimming with photo ops or challenging tracks that will give you a great workout, you’ll find your perfect hike in Scottsdale. Below are a handful of local favorites to get you started;…

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  • The Top 5 Ways to Explore Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert

    Scottsdale, Ariz., is located in the Sonoran Desert – a vibrant oasis bursting at the seams with unusual wildlife and vegetation, including 2,000 native plant species. The pristine landscape beckons visitors to get out and explore, but…

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