Visitor Information

Map of the Preserve

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Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve offers an array of fabulous desert trails and award-winning facilities.  It is unique geologically and home to stunning geography, lush cacti forests and diverse wildlife.  Now is a great time to explore the 30,000+ acres of Sonoran Desert.  Choose any of the 5 major trailheads to connect to the 146 miles of trails of the Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve. 


Brown’s Ranch Trailhead 

Gateway Trailhead 

 Lost Dog Wash & Sunrise Trailhead 

 Tom’s Thumb Trailhead