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Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve

WHEN IT RAINS, PLEASE REFRAIN
The valley is expecting to get rain on Wednesday Dec. 17.
Please be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Flash flooding in our washes can be dangerous. Wet and muddy trails are vulnerable to damage from boots, hooves, and tires. We know the hard part is determining if a trail is dry enough to use. As a general rule of thumb: if you sink, it's still to wet. THANK YOU!


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

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The city's official history of  the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, by Joan C. Fudala.

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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