Hike with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy! Our Stewards can point out things that you may not notice on your own. Guides explore all Preserve trails and share information about a variety of topics.
There are hikes for almost every interest and hiking level. Private Guided Interpretive Hikes are also available for small and large groups. We take our time, stop often to talk about what we see and admire the beauty of our surroundings. No-cost guided hikes are scheduled from mid-October through April. Check dates and times on the Events page. We also offer hikes for families and private guided hikes for adult and youth groups. Contact the Conservancy for more information at (480) 998-7971.
Please note: Only service dogs are permitted on guided hikes. Please wear appropriate shoes and bring plenty of water!
Private Guided Interpretive Hikes
The McDowell Mountains and surrounding Sonoran Desert are a source of beauty and wonderment. From the earliest hunter-gathers through the ranching era and on to today’s modern Preserve, the region has maintained its majesty and mystery. Those who experience Private Guided Interpretive Hikes hosted by McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Stewards will see the desert in a new perspective.
Our Stewards provide information about the history of the area, unique cacti and desert vegetation and the unique adaptions of animals that make the desert their home. We will point out seasonal blooms, migratory birds and describe how those who settled this land thrived.
Bring your camera and your curiosity and leave with memories and images of this majestic landscape.
Private Guided Interpretive Hikes for small to large groups range from one to two-hour moderate nature walks to three-hour challenging mountain hikes. Separate hikes are offered for families. For more information contact the Conservancy for more information at (480) 998-7971.
Discovery Hikes are a perfect blend of fun and learning and are perfect for all ages. Hikers enjoy stories about the ways native peoples used desert plants for their food, shelter, rituals and medicine. Some also learn how to identify animal tracks, while others participate in a treasure hunt for signs of wildlife. Join us for free fun and bring your family and friends! Family hikes are also available for younger hikers.
Our wellness hikes are a perfect opportunity get out and get moving, enjoy amazing views and improve your sense of wellbeing. Many are designed for hikers who are just getting started. Join volunteer Stewards as they lead these guided hikes throughout the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, a wilderness area close to home.
Join us in the Preserve for a little holiday-oriented fun! Holiday hikes are perfect for the whole family, so bring your kids and out-of-town visitors on these fun-filled desert walks. Holiday hikes are scheduled from late November through early January.
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.