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McDowell Sonoran Preserve
McDowell Sonoran Preserve

McDowell Sonoran Preserve Tours and Activities

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If there’s a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, McDowell Sonoran Preserve just might be it. With more than 30,000 acres, including the McDowell Mountains, visitors can hike it, bike it or even climb it.

With more than 120 miles of trails, picking which way to go can be tough, so ask the experts. Most mornings McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Pathfinders are on duty at the Brown's Ranch Trailhead, Gateway Trailhead, Lost Dog Wash Trailhead, Sunrise Trailhead and Tom’s Thumb Trailhead. Pathfinders have all sorts of information and suggestions to insure a fun, safe day on the trails.

Fit families will enjoy the way the Family Passport keeps everyone moving together. Scavenger hunts for animal tracks, rocks and other nature provided attractions can provide inspiration for hours of exploring. When you visit five Preserve trailheads (Gateway, Lost Dog, Sunrise, Tom’s Thumb and Brown’s Ranch) and get your passport stamped you’ll win a Preserve bandana.

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18333 North Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, Arizona, 85255
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Scottsdale Hiking Tour

Scottsdale Hiking Tour

TripAdvisor's 2019-2020 #1 ranked outdoor activity. Experience the Sonoran desert on the scenic trails of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Your professional tour guide will teach you about Sonoran desert flora, fauna and Native American history throughout the Gateway Loop hike. Covid-19 precautions: The entire activity will occur outdoors. All non-cohabitating hikers must stand at least 6 feet away from other non-cohabitating hikers and the Tour Guides. Difficulty: Moderate, rocky and loose terrain. Every hiker must have a moderate physical fitness level and no medical conditions or physical limitations that would preclude them from safely completing a moderate hike.
  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Should I book McDowell Sonoran Preserve tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since McDowell Sonoran Preserve can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 1 McDowell Sonoran Preserve tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit McDowell Sonoran Preserve 2021?
Currently, an entrance ticket to McDowell Sonoran Preserve costs USD 75.00. Guided McDowell Sonoran Preserve tours start around USD 75.00 per person. See all 1 McDowell Sonoran Preserve tickets and tours on Viator.
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