Ride/Hike the South at Quartz Trailhead Join us on this ride and hike from the Quartz Trailhead at 104th and McDowell Mountain Road. This is a low intermediate ride of moderate cardio and intermediate skills. We will ride the Quartz Trail west to the WestWorld Trail, go around the golf course and head uphill east
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Bird Walk at Quartz Trailhead Location: Quartz Trailhead - SW corner of McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd. and 104th St. Skill level: Easy Time: ~2 hours Join us on this easy walk over a rocky trail. In addition to seeing our year-round bird residents, we may see some migrants passing through. Possible sightings include phainopepla, American
Bike/Hike the South from Quartz Trailhead Join us on this ride and hike from the Quartz Trailhead. We will ride the Quartz Trail west to the Westworld Trail, go around the golf course and head uphill east on the Taliesin Trail to its intersection with the Quartz Trail. This will take us to the next
Bird Walk at Quartz Trailhead Join us on this easy walk over a rocky trail to see our year-round bird residents. We may see some migrants passing through. Possible sightings include phainopepla, American kestrel, gilded flicker, curve-billed thrasher, Abert’s towhee, or various warblers. Bring your own binoculars. Location: Quartz Trailhead Parking Lot - SW corner
Bike the South from Lost Dog Wash Trailhead Come ride the southern preserve trails. This is an Advanced Skill and Vigorous Cardio level ride of about 15 miles in 2.5 – 3 hours. We will ride over Taliesin Overlook to the Levee loop and possibly up the Quartz trail. This is a good ride to
Quartz Trail from Lost Dog Trailhead Fitness Hike This Very Difficult hike will visit the quartz formation that can be seen for miles all over Scottsdale. The hike covers 9 miles in about 5 hours with significant elevation gains on rocky trails. Experienced hikers suggested. Bathrooms available at the trailhead. Bring water, snacks and even
Bird Walk at Quartz Trailhead Join Kathe Anderson and Rick Pearce on this easy hike of 2 miles over rocky trail. In addition to seeing our year-round bird residents, we are likely to see some migrants passing through. Possible sightings include: phainopepla, American kestrel, gilded flicker, curve-billed thrasher, Apert’s towhee or various warblers.. Quartz trail
RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES Hiking SELF-GUIDED HIKES Looking for a great place to go hiking in Scottsdale? The McDowell Sonoran Preserve offers many of the best trails in Arizona, with trailside experts who can answer your questions. Download a trail map at the bottom of this page. Even
VISITING THE PRESERVE The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy provides a wide range of activities for visitors to enjoy and is home to many species of animals, plants and birds. Please take some time to browse through the tabs below to familiarize yourself with the Preserve and some
It’s that time of the year when wildflowers cover the Sonoran Desert. Those splashes of color attract many visitors to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. And many have their cellphone camera ready to preserve the moment. Take your best shot with this advice on where to find the Preserve’s choicest wildflower spots.