Like no other place in the Valley, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve offers visitors exceptional hiking, mountain biking, rock-climbing, horseback riding and trail running experiences on 235 miles of terrain! One of the largest Urban preserves in North America, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy has been a steadfast steward of the Preserve for over 30 years. 

The Conservancy, a local nonprofit 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.

During your visit, you may meet a Conservancy steward who are all volunteers. These volunteers are available as a resource for information and assistance. 

You can access the Preserve from:

Fraesfield Trailhead, 13400 E Rio Verde Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85262

Gateway Trailhead, 18333 N. Thompson Peak Parkway

Granite Mountain Trailhead, 31402 N. 136th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85262

Lost Dog Wash Trailhead, 12601 N. 124th Street

Pima Dynamite Trailhead, parking available and trailhead due to open September, 2021.  Corner of Pima and Dynamite.

Quartz Trailhead, McDowell Mountain Road and 104th Street

Ringtail Trailhead, 128th Street, North of Cactus

Sunrise Trailhead, 12101 N. 145th Way

Toms Thumb Trailhead, 23015 N 128th St, Scottsdale, AZ, 85255

Westworld Trailhead, McDowell Mountain Road and 98th Street

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(480) 998-7971
(480) 998-7971
15300 N. 90th St., Ste. 400 Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed