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Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Temporary Closure of the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead
The Lost Dog Wash Trailhead will be closed from Monday, September 8, 2014 through Friday, September 12. The trailhead will reopen for public use at 5:32 a.m. on Saturday, September 13.

Construction crews will be working on the new Lost Dog Wash Interpretive Trail and an expansion of the parking lot while the trailhead is temporarily closed. The City of Scottsdale appreciates your patience.

During the closure, you can access the Preserve at the following locations:
• Sunrise Trailhead - 12101 N. 145th Way
• Ringtail Trailhead - 12300 block of N. 128th St.
• Gateway Trailhead - 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy.

The Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a permanently protected 30,200-acre sustainable desert habitat open for non-motorized trail use.

Trails & Trailheads

The Preserve currently contains approximately 120 miles of non-motorized, multi-use trails (hike/bike/horse) accessed from multiple trailheads.

Hours & Rules

The Preserve is open everyday, sunrise to sunset, free of charge. A trailhead gate schedule (pdf/82kb/1p) is available for your convenience. Please observe all rules and regulations (pdf/124kb/4pp), including no alcohol, smoking or fires.


Dogs are welcome in the Preserve and must be leashed at all times.  Dog waste must be picked up and disposed of in a trash receptacle immediately.


Permits are required for any group larger than 34, all commercial activity including filming and photography. Call 480-312-7013 for more information.

Latest News

McDowell Sonoran Preserve Update - January 2014 (pdf/268kb/2pp)
Brown's Ranch Trailhead Open for Public Use
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Guided Hikes and Events

For information on guided hikes of Scottsdale's Preserve, visit the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy's website.


The City of Scottsdale coordinates all activities involving the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  For more information call: