Expedition Days Live: Family Day at Lost Dog Wash Trailhead Join us for a day of fun interactive experiences in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Learn about your place in the Sonoran Desert and how the choices you make in your daily life affect the future of our environment. Location: Lost Dog Wash Trailhead -
Lecture- Flora of the MSP Part 2, Wildflowers and Shrubs at Mustang Library or Virtual An exploration of the plant life found in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. We live in the most diverse desert in the world. Learn more about the vegetation found in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This lecture will focus on Wildflowers and
Secrets of the Preserve Educational Walk at Fraesfield Trailhead Ready to discover more about what is in the Preserve? This is an experience for you! Join us to explore the Preserve’s hidden treasures, from the plants and animals to the recent and ancient history in a stunning geological setting. Location: Fraesfield Trailhead - 13400 East
Sensing the Desert Family Educational Walk at Gateway Trailhead What do you see? Can you smell that? Did you hear something? Use your senses to make the desert come alive on this fun and active family walk. Be ready to really experience so much of what the desert has to offer. This “sensational” and educational
Sonoran Sundays- Raptors of the Southwest with Liberty Wildlife at Gateway Trailhead Meet the Animal Ambassadors from Liberty Wildlife. Their education team will bring a variety of native birds of prey to educate your family about their natural histories, their individual stories and what you can do to keep their habitats safe. It’s a great
Venom in the Preserve Educational Walk at Brown's Ranch Trailhead Some reptiles and arthropods in the Sonoran Desert use venom or other poisons to defend themselves or subdue their prey. Learn how to recognize these animals that bite and sting and the effect of their venom. Location: Brown’s Ranch Trailhead - 30301 Alma School Rd,
Intermediate Ride at Brown's Ranch Trailhead Join us for a beautiful single-track ride from Brown's Ranch. This is an intermediate skill level ride with some climbing and fun winding downhills. If there is a short technical section on a trail, there will always be a by-pass or you may walk it. We will make short
Women's Walk at Brown's Ranch Trailhead Join us for this easy walk on the Jane Rau interpretive trail. This walk is perfect for women or those that identify as women. Location: Brown's Ranch Trailhead - 30301 N. Alma School Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85262 Skill level: Easy Time: ~2 hours Bathrooms are available at the trailheads.
Marcus Landslide Educational Hike at Tom's Thumb Trailhead Open your eyes to the Marcus Landslide geological site, second largest landslide in Arizona. Elevation gain is about 400 ft. Location: Tom’s Thumb Trailhead - 23015 N 128th St, Scottsdale, AZ, 85255 Skill level: Moderate Distance: ~4 miles Time: ~3 hours Bathrooms are available at the trailheads.
Walk with Natural Resources Coordinator at Lost Dog Wash Trailhead Join us on an easy walk with a City of Scottsdale Natural Resources Coordinator as various pertinent topics are discussed during the walk in the desert. The material will depend on the season, animals, plants, and will cover whatever is happening in this wonderful environment.
Mountain Bike Skills Clinic at Pima Dynamite Trailhead New to mountain biking? Looking to refresh your skills, improve your technique, enhance safety awareness, and increase your overall enjoyment on the trails? We begin with a demonstration and presentation by experienced riders covering the basic things you need to know, equipment requirements, and trail etiquette. The
Return to Azatlan Educational Hike Azatlan is the contemporary archaeological name given to a large Hohokam community that existed north of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Reservation and east of Rio Verde. Join PastFinders experts for a hike through one of the largest archaeological sites in central Arizona, which lies right next door to the Preserve
Sunrise Trail to Andrews-Kinsey Trail Fitness Hike at Sunrise Trailhead Burn off some calories on this picturesque and challenging hike. This hike climbs 900 ft. to a saddle and then continues on the Andrews-Kinsey Trail to a spectacular view overlooking the Fountain Hills Preserve (AK5) before returning. Total elevation gain of 1,100 ft. Location: Sunrise
Wildflower Educational Walk at Brown’s Ranch Trailhead Come celebrate spring in the desert and experience the Preserve dressed in its most beautiful colors. Join us and discover the incredible variety of flowers in the spectacular Jane Rau Interpretive Trail. Location: Brown’s Ranch Trailhead - 30301 Alma School Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85262 Skill level: Easy Distance:
Trailside Naturalist - Wildflowers at Gateway Trailhead In the spring, the desert pops in a rainbow of colorful wildflowers. Stop by the trailside naturalist station to learn about the various blooms and plants you may see on your hike. Location: Gateway Trailhead - 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ 85255 Time: ~3 hours
Axle Grease, Hackamore and Hawknest Fitness Hike at Pima Dynamite Trailhead Explore the impressive newer trails with nice views and granite formations. Experienced hikers suggested. Location: Pima Dynamite Trailhead - 28777 N Pima Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85262 Skill level: Difficult Distance: ~6.7 miles Time: 3.5 hours Bathrooms are available at the trailheads. Bring water and
Walk with Natural Resources Coordinator at Fraesfield Trailhead Join us on an easy walk with a City of Scottsdale Natural Resources Coordinator as various pertinent topics are discussed during the walk in the desert. The material will depend on the season, animals, plants, and will cover whatever is happening in this wonderful environment. Location: Fraesfield
Gateway to Windgate Pass Fitness Hike at Gateway Trailhead Head up to Windgate Pass and visit Inspiration Viewpoint. Along the way, you may see some wildflowers that only grow at higher elevations such as the Mariposa Lily. Elevation gain of 1,300 ft. Experienced hikers suggested. Location: Gateway Trailhead - 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy. Scottsdale,
Intermediate Ride at Fraesfield Trailhead Join us for a beautiful single-track ride from Fraesfield Trailhead. This is an intermediate skill level ride with some climbing and fun winding downhills. If there is a short technical section on a trail, there will always be a by-pass or you may walk it. We will make short stops
Bird Walk at Fraesfield Trailhead Join the expert 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 early-arriving summer residents white-winged dove, turkey vulture, or ash-throated flycatcher. Location: Fraesfield Trailhead - 13400 East Rio Verde Dr.