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Map of the Preserve

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Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve offers an array of Arizona trails and award-winning facilities. It is unique geologically and home to stunning geography, lush cacti forests and diverse wildlife. See for yourself! Now is a great time to explore the Preserve, from 5 trailheads and on more than 100 miles of Scottsdale trails stretched across more than 30,000 scenic acres of Sonoran Desert. 

Brown’s Ranch Trailhead 

Gateway Trailhead 

 Lost Dog Wash & Sunrise Trailhead 

 Tom’s Thumb Trailhead