McDowell Sonoran Preserve
You are invited to provide your input on the draft Cultural Resource Master Plan for the City of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
The Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a permanently protected 30,200-acre sustainable desert habitat open for non-motorized trail use.
Trail Maps & Trailheads
The Preserve 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. All trailheads open and close at specific times throughout the year.
Please observe all rules and regulations 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 special activities and all commercial and organizational events including photography and filming. Please fill out a request form to begin the process. Call 480-312-7013 for more information or read the Preserve's Special Use Guidelines. (PDF)
Guided Hikes and Events
For information on guided hikes of Scottsdale's Preserve, visit the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.