Step onto a Scottsdale property path and explore the beauty of the desert landscape. Hundreds of miles of trails in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve lead into the vast Arizona wilderness. Traversed by hikers, bikers and equestrians alike spectacular scenery is waiting to be discovered.

Open from sunrise to sunset each day the park beckons outdoor enthusiasts. Hikes lead the way to new and ongoing adventures. Newcomers to the area benefit from Private Guided Hikes. McDowell Sonoran Conservancy staff members set off down the trails relaying the history of land. Flora and fauna are readily discussed and resident wildlife calling Scottsdale home are pointed out. Trips must be reserved in advance and range from one to three hours depending on the experience level of group members.

Locals Living in Scottsdale Homes Explore the Landscape

Other specialized hikes include educational hikes perfect for families, and fitness hikes which allow folks to get into shape while staying close to nature. Those who prefer to go about at their own pace can download maps of their chosen trail before heading out on a self guided hike.

Mountain bikers take advantage of guided excursions also. Complimentary guided rides are scheduled throughout the year. Educational rides are led by docents with the gift of gab and unlimited enthusiasm for the lands crossed over. Skills clinics are also offered periodically for folks new to the sport or needing to improve upon skills.

Equestrians living in a Scottsdale property saddle up to stir up some dust on the trails. Most trailheads in the preserve are open for horseback riding. Popular staging zones are located at Brown’s Ranch Trailhead, Lost Dog Wash, Gateway and Sunrise. 

Visitors to the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy are reminded to be prepared for desert conditions. Friendly volunteers and staff members are always available for relaying information and answering questions. Learn more about recommendations including how much water to bring and what to carry in daypacks. Take a sneak peek at frequency asked questions here.