The Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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The Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve

A Nature Enthusiasts and Adventure Seekers Paradise

The Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran PreserveThe Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve in North Scottsdale Arizona, is 32,000 acres of protected land spanning one of the most diverse environments in the world. The preserve is home to over 100 species of reptiles, 60 mammals, 350 birds, and over 2,000 varieties of plants and vegetation. With such an abundance of life, nature enthusiasts and adventurists are certain to catch a glimpse of many different species of plants and animals. With over 100 miles of trails and 6 trailheads, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve provides visitors many ways to explore the desert. Discussed below are several of the most popular ways visitors enjoy the preserve.

The Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve offers 6 different trailheads with each providing a unique experience through the desert preserve. The trailheads include Brown’s Ranch, Fraesfield, Gateway, Tom’s Thumb, Lost Dog Wash, and Sunrise Trailhead. Trailhead access points are located at both northern and southern access points and offer different levels of difficulty and views.

Guided Tourscoyote
Guided tours are a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors while being supervised by an experienced professional. Tours available in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve include rock climbing tours, guided hiking, off-roading tours, bird watching experiences, and more. Contact local adventure and tour guide companies for a complete list of activities.

Mountain Biking
Mountain biking enthusiasts love the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve’s rugged terrain. Cyclist enjoy rides through trails of gravel, rocks, crushed granite, and sand- which guarantees no rider will be bored! If you chose to hit the trails, be sure to check out the “Double Bypass”- a 1,600 ft strenuous climb over the Windgate and Bell passes which offers spectacular views.

Biking Sonoran Preserve

Horseback Riding
One of the most relaxing ways to take in the views at the preserve is on horseback. Majority of the trails in the preserve are open for equestrian use, including Sunrise trail, Lost Dog Wash trail, Gateway Trail, Tom’s Thumb Trail, and Brown’s Ranch Trail.


Live Close to the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve
There is not better amenity than unspoiled access to Mother Nature. If you are an adventure lover or nature enthusiast, living close to the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve is the ultimate convenience. Two fantastic communities close to the preserve include The Country Club at DC Ranch and North Scottsdale. If you are interested in moving to the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve area, be sure to contact Equity Arizona Real Estate. Equity agents are Scottsdale real estate experts and are always professional and caring. Contact them today with any questions! (602)308-4800

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