Fraesfield and Granite Mountain Trailhead Improvements


Project Information

The Fraesfield Trailhead and Granite Mountain Trailhead are two of the eleven trailheads that provide public access to Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Both of these trailheads are located in areas where access to the desert has occurred for many decades.  The Fraesfield Trailhead is located at 13400 E. Rio Verde Drive and the Granite Mountain Trailhead is located at 31402 N. 136th St.

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.

Site Plans/Renderings

Upon completion, 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 [email protected].

Project Information

Budget: $6,000,000

Sponsoring Division: Community Services

Funding Source: Preserve Tax

Project Location:
Fraesfield Trailhead Improvements, 13400 E. Rio Verde Dr.
Granite Mountain Trailhead Improvements, 31402 N. 136th Street

Contact Information

City of Scottsdale - Capital Project Management

7447 E. Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 

P: 480-312-7250 
F: 480-312-7971