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Fraesfield and Granite Mountain Trailhead Improvements

The Fraesfield Trailhead and Granite Mountain Trailhead are two of the eleven trailheads that provide public access to Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. 

The City of Scottsdale has developed master plans for permanent improvements at both trailheads and would like feedback from the community on the preliminary design.  An open house will be held from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25 at the Florence Ely Nelson Community Center, 8950 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd. Stop by to view the plans, have your questions answered and let us know what you think. If you cannot attend the meeting you can provide comments in the area provided below.

Site Plans/Renderings

Both of these trailheads are located in areas where access to the desert has occurred for many decades.  In 2013, the City completed preliminary improvements at each site, including access control gates, gravel surfacing for dust control, and pipe rail fencing to prevent motor vehicles from leaving the designated parking areas.

The trailhead facilities may include basic trailhead support amenities such as:

  • Restrooms
  • Passenger Vehicle Parking Areas
  • Equestrian Trailer Parking and Staging Areas (hitching rails, water trough, mounting blocks)
  • Regulatory and Interpretive Signage
  • Shaded Seating Areas
  • Drinking Fountains
  • Storage Area for Maintenance Supplies

Additional Information

For additional information about the proposed trailhead improvements or the upcoming open houses, please contact City of Scottsdale Senior Trails Planner Scott Hamilton at 480-312-7722 or


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Contact Information

City of Scottsdale - Capital Project Management

7447 E. Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 

P: 480-312-7250 
F: 480-312-7971