Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve
October is McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month
The city's official history of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, by Joan C. Fudala.
Purchases benefit the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve
(Review a copy for free here - PDF/16Mb)
The Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a permanently protected 30,200-acre sustainable desert habitat open for non-motorized trail use.
Trails & TrailheadsThe Preserve currently contains approximately 120 miles of non-motorized, multi-use trails (hike/bike/horse) accessed from multiple trailheads.
TRAILHEAD LOCATIONS | TRAIL MAPS
Hours & RulesThe 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.
DogsDogs 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.
PermitsPermits are required for any group larger than 34, all commercial activity including filming and photography. Call 480-312-7013 for more information.
Latest NewsMcDowell Sonoran Preserve Update - January 2014 (pdf/268kb/2pp)
Brown's Ranch Trailhead Open for Public Use
Guided Hikes and EventsFor information on guided hikes of Scottsdale's Preserve, visit the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy's website.
ContactThe City of Scottsdale coordinates all activities involving the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. For more information call: