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.

18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Located on the east side of Thompson Peak Rd. between Legacy Blvd. and Bell Rd.
The Gateway Trailhead is fully barrier-free and has all the amenities an outdoor recreation enthusiast could want. This trailhead is the access point to many unique Scottsdale trails. Even kids in strollers love the games and activities along the Bajada Nature Trail. Kids of all ages are able to explore the Gateway Loop trail and older kids love the challenge offered by interior trails.
Rocky terrain (except Bajada) with steep sections with elevations gains 100-1900 ft. Excellent views.
Parking, restrooms, shade ramadas, water, accessible Bajada Nature Trail, horse-trailer parking, hitching rails, water trough, interpretive signage

Rainy Day at Gateway

Trail near Gateway

Popular Hikes and Attractions

  • Bajada Accessible and Interpretive Trail (0.5 mi. / 0 ft. elevation gain)
  • Gateway Loop (4.5 mi. / 650 ft. elevation gain)
  • Horseshoe Loop (1.7 mi. / 100 ft. elevation gain)

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