Guiding is allowed in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve with a permit. Guiding includes planned and organized efforts to lead individuals or groups, or otherwise provide services including but not limited to wayfinding, managing itineraries, giving interpretive information, or providing specialized gear, and with any form of compensation required, requested, or accepted.
The application period for the 2019-20 guiding season will open on April 1, 2019. The online application will be available here, and applications will be due by May 1, 2019 at 5 p.m.
Upon approval of an application, a permit fee of $150 must be paid, plus pre-paid use days equal to $3.50 per client and a $10 Administrative Fee. Permits will be valid from Aug. 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020. Please read the Preserve's Guidelines for Guiding Permits (PDF) for more information.
For more information or questions please contact Yvonne Massman at ymassman@ScottsdaleAZ.gov. You may also call 480-312-7013. Thank you!
Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve
7447 E. Indian School Rd. Suite 300
Scottsdale, AZ 85251