Upcoming Events

In light of COVID-19 and guidance from local, state and federal public health agencies, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy continues to suspend public activities that require the gathering of groups of people or close personal contact until guidance allows for resumption of those activities. For as long as necessary, the Conservancy, its staff, and stewards will continue with much of their work while maintaining a safe working environment.


Granite Mountain Loop Fitness Hike

Granite Mountain Trailhead 31402 N. 136th Street, Scottsdale

Granite Mountain Loop Fitness Hike at Granite Mt Trailhead Join us on this difficult hike on one of the classic paths in the preserve and a side trip to Balanced Rock. About 3 hours to cover 6 miles. Experience hikers suggested. Restrooms available at trailhead. Please being plenty of water and snacks for the trail. No

Geology Educational Ride

Brown's Ranch Trailhead 30301 N. Alma School Road, Scottsdale

Geology Educational Ride from Brown’s Ranch Trailhead  When, how and why did all those different rocks get into the Preserve?  How about our own earthquake fault?   This Intermediate Skills and Moderate Cardio Ride for about 3 hours over 12-15 miles will take us thru the various geological formations of the area. Get the big picture on

Latigo, Cone Mountain Loop Fitness Hike

Brown's Ranch Trailhead 30301 N. Alma School Road, Scottsdale

Latigo, Cone Mountain Loop Fitness Hike from Brown’s Ranch Trailhead This scenic loop hike is rated Moderate but has some ups and downs needing about 2.5-3 hours to cover 4.2 miles. Bathrooms are available at the trailhead. Please bring plenty of water and snacks for the trail.  No dogs please. Arrive 15 minutes before start of

Women’s Bike Ride

Brown's Ranch Trailhead 30301 N. Alma School Road, Scottsdale

Women’s Bike Ride from Brown's Ranch Trailhead.  This all woman’s bike ride is an Intermediate Skill level ride and Moderate Cardio.  This is a step up in intensity from the previous Woman’s Ride.   It is a “No Drop” ride meaning no one will be left behind.  Plan on about 3 hours to cover approximately 12 miles.

Gateway Loop Fitness Hike

Gateway Trailhead 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale

Gateway Loop Fitness Hike from Gateway Trailhead.  Finish out our fitness hike season on the Gateway Loop that will take you into the heart of the McDowells. This Moderately difficult hike covers 4.5 miles, gains 700ft and takes about 2 to 2.5 hours. Challenging in the spring heat. Bathrooms available at the trailhead. Bring water and

Bird Walk

Tom’s Thumb Trailhead 23015 N. 128th Street, Scottsdale

Bird Walk at Tom’s Thumb Trailhead Join Kathe Anderson and Rick Pearce for about 2 hours to see some of our area’s full-time resident birds, it also gives us a chance to see spring migrants, for example: Wilson’s, Lucy’s, Townsend’s, or yellow warbler, or summer residents white-winged dove, turkey vulture or ash-throated flycatcher. Restrooms available at

Mountain Bike Skills Clinic

Fraesfield Trailhead 13400 East Rio Verde Drive, Scottsdale

Mountain Bike Skills Clinic at Fraesfield Trailhead  New to mountain biking? Looking to refresh your skills, improve your technique, enhance safety awareness and increase your overall enjoyment on the trails? Then come prepared with a mountain bike with knobby tires, helmet, water, and snacks. We begin with a demonstration and presentation by experienced riders covering

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