Come Explore With Us
Explore a living treasure and make memories for a lifetime! Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve includes the beautiful McDowell Mountains, more than 30,500 contiguous acres and over 180 miles of trails.
The Preserve is open from sunrise to sunset and there is no charge for parking or access. You can view the trailhead gate open and close times by clicking here.
Frequently Asked Questions
We hear a lot of questions from Preserve visitors who are interested in making the most out of their experience with us. Please review this list of our most frequently asked questions and see the answers to important topics, including: how much water you should carry, knowing the signs of dehydration, what to bring in your pack, proper trail etiquette, and more.
Trails Of The
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve offers an array of fabulous desert trails and award-winning facilities. It is unique geologically and home to stunning geography, lush cacti forests and diverse wildlife. Now is a great time to explore the 30,000 acres of Sonoran Desert. Choose any of the 5 major trailheads to connect to over 180 miles of trails of Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve.