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Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve

FRAESFIELD TRAILHEAD CLOSURE
                 The Fraesfield parking lot and trailhead will be closed all day on Tuesday, May 5 for parking lot repaving. Granite Mountain Trailhead will be open and is the closest parking area to gain access to the trails around the Fraesfield area.


TEMPORARY CLIMBING ROUTE CLOSURE
The northern face of Tom’s Thumb is temporarily closed to public access to protect sensitive birds of prey in that area. Please help us protect the wild inhabitants of the Preserve by observing this temporary closure. THE TOM’S THUMB TRAIL REMAINS OPEN.  Read more


Rezoning in the Preserve
The City Council recently initiated a rezoning application to change the zoning designations to Conservation Open Space in the Environmentally Sensitive Land district (COS/ESL) on all residentially zoned properties within the Preserve. Read more

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.
TRAILHEAD LOCATIONS  |  TRAIL MAPS
 

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

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

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

Final Phase 2C Area Report

Guided Hikes and Events

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

Contact

The City of Scottsdale coordinates all activities involving the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. For more information call: 480-312-7013