Enjoy Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, a local non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the Sonoran desert and mountains, protects this living treasure and offers events and activities in the Preserve so that everyone can enjoy a family-friendly, natural experience.
Like no other place in the Valley, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve offers visitors exceptional hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock-climbing and trail running experiences on more than 100 miles of trails and the award-winning Bajada Nature Trail for interactive experiences on a 1/2 mile barrier-free interpretive trail.
During your visit, you may meet a McDowell Sonoran Conservancy steward. The Preserve volunteers are available as a resource for information and assistance. From October through April, join the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy on Saturday mornings at talks about the Preserve including interesting stories about the people who lived here thousands of years ago, the geology of the Preserve, and the unique plants and animals that make their home here.
You can access the Preserve from:
Gateway Trailhead, 18333 N. Thompson Peak Parkway
Lost Dog Wash Trailhead, 12601 N. 124th Street
Sunrise Trailhead, 12101 N. 145th Way
Quartz Trailhead, McDowell Mountain Road and 104th Street
Ringtail Trailhead, 128th Street, North of Cactus
Westworld Trailhead, McDowell Mountain Road and 98th Street