Experience 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 sections below to familiarize yourself with the Preserve and some of our policies before you visit.
Our goal is to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all visitors while preserving the future of our pristine environment for generations to come.
The Preserve is open sunrise to sunset, the gate open and close times are listed here.
Paws In The Preserve
Dogs in the Preserve are a privilege. If you bring your dog it is your responsibility to follow the rules: Dogs must be on hand held leash, no longer than 6 feet at all times. Waste must be pick up immediately and either disposed of in a trash container or carried with you until you reach a trash container. Loose or bagged waste on the trail is prohibited.
Please help us keep our trails open to our four-legged friends by following these rules.
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 more than 200 miles of trails of Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve.