McDowell Sonoran Preserve Access Areas Plans
Where is the full policy?
City of Scottsdale Preservation Office
The Guidelines may be viewed at the Planning and Design Library at the Community Design Studio, 7506 E Indian School Road.
What is it?
The report identifies ten locations and four types of planned access areas for the planned McDowell Sonoran Preserve (Preserve) of 36,400 acres. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission prepared the Report to identify the locations and types of access areas that will be needed to provide appropriate access for various users of the City-owned Preserve.
Report developed - 1999
Where does it apply?
The ten planned access areas will be located within the boundaries of the planned Preserve, including one location in Fountain Hills.
Who needs to use it?
The McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission and City staff (the Preservation Division and CPM) to plan and construct improvements in the Preserve. Current and prospective residents near the Preserve boundary have an interest in knowing the planned locations for each access area since each area will contain public parking for Preserve users and will generate some activity.
Why was it developed?
To avoid problems experienced in other communities (such as inadequate parking for the number of trail users) the Preserve Commission felt it was prudent to consider how the City can best provide adequate parking and related trailhead facilities for the anticipated Preserve users. The Commission also wanted to make the public aware of the planned locations and, specifically, to notify current and prospective owners around the Preserve where the access areas are planned.
- Planned access areas vary in size and the facilities planned in order to accommodate the variety of users and users’ needs for access and facilities.
- Public information on the planned locations for access areas has proven to be very important to Preserve users and neighboring property owners.
- Potential Preserve users are eager to see both trails and access areas completed soon, so they will be able to enjoy the Preserve, and new areas will be opening over time.
- Sunrise Access Area at the southeast end of the Preserve and the McDowell Mountains was the first planned access area to open.
- The planning of trails and access areas in Scottsdale has been coordinated with the plans in surrounding communities and jurisdictions including Fountain Hills, Tonto National Forest, Maricopa County’s McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Carefree and Cave Creek.
- The capital improvement schedules for trail construction and access area construction are interdependent - trails are built first, then an access area, and then the trail(s) and access area are officially opened together.
- Fountain Hills is responsible for any access areas in their community.
References and related documents:
- City of Scottsdale General Plan (2001)
- Recommended Study Boundaries for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve map
- Trail System Master Plan (2004)
- McDowell Sonoran Preserve Access Area Design and Site Standards
(Floor & Assoc., 2004)