Pima-Dynamite Trailhead


Project Schedule

Design Construction
Begin Complete Begin Complete
Spring 2017 Summer 2019 Spring 2020 Summer 2021

Project Information

What is the purpose of this trailhead?

The trailhead will provide parking and support amenities for public recreational access to the extensive network of trails in the northern region of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Between 2010 and 2015, the City acquired roughly 15,000 acres of land in this area from the Arizona State Land Department. This land will be permanently protected as part of the Preserve. In 2016, the City purchased 400 additional acres of State Land on the northeast corner of Pima Road and Dynamite Boulevard for the location of the Trailhead.

What amenities will the trailhead include?

The first phase of the trailhead will include:

  • Parking for 200 or more passenger vehicles
  • Parking for at least 12 horse trailers
  • Restrooms
  • Hitching rails and water trough
  • Covered ramada and small educational amphitheater
  • Interpretive, directional, and regulatory signage
  • Limited site lighting
  • Small office/storage space with storage yard
  • Drinking fountains for hikers and dogs
  • Entry roads with automatic access control gates

Community Involvement

What do you love about Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve? What amenities do you think should be incorporated in the Pima and Dynamite Trailhead? Let us know what you think of the proposed trailhead design? Let us know what you think by filling out our public comment form.

We hope you can join us for our upcoming public meeting 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15 at Pinnacle Peak Elementary, 7690 E. Williams Dr., Scottsdale. A presentation will be made on the project, the design team will answer questions and you have the opportunity to tell us what you think.

Frequently Asked Questions

Design principles will be used that reduce impacts to the natural environment and adjacent neighborhoods, including:

  • Integrating amenities into the natural setting
  • Minimizing visibility of structures
  • Maximizing natural screens and buffers
  • Avoiding significant natural and cultural features

The trailhead will be ADA compliant for use by the general public to access the Preserve for non-motorized passive recreational purposes, including hiking, trail running, bicycle riding, horseback riding, sightseeing, and bird watching.

The trailhead will have two entry points, one from Pima Road and one from Dynamite Boulevard. The Pima Road entry will be located roughly 1,300 feet north of Dynamite Boulevard.
The Dynamite Boulevard entry will be located approximately 900 feet east of Pima Road. Both entrances will be gated to limit access to the trailhead to daylight hours.

The trailhead will be located in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which is owned and operated by the City of Scottsdale. The non-profit McDowell Sonoran Conservancy assists the City with Preserve operations and maintenance.

An important management objective of the Preserve, dating back to the establishment of the Preserve in the mid 1990’s, is to provide access areas of sufficient size and with adequate amenities for appropriate public access. In 1999, the City established the Preserve Access Areas Report which describes the general location and amenities of the Preserve trailheads, including the Pima & Dynamite Trailhead.

Funding comes from the voter-approved 2004 Preserve Sales Tax. The budget for design and construction is $4,402,000.

The conceptual design process began in the spring of 2017, and will proceed through the remainder of the year. Construction is anticipated to begin in mid-2018, and be complete in 2019.

A series of public meetings is being scheduled for November 2017 where you will have the opportunity to review the conceptual plans and provide feedback. You will also be able to review plans and provide feedback through the project website which will be available soon. Review and input opportunities will also occur when the project is reviewed by the Planning Commission, Development Review Board and City Council. Those meetings are expected to occur in the first half of 2018.

Project Information

Budget: $4,500,000

Sponsoring Division: Preservation

Location: The Pima & Dynamite Trailhead will be located in the northern region of the City of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, on the northeast corner of Pima Road and Dynamite Boulevard.

Proposed Improvements

Trailhead Site Plan