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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

McDowell Sonoran Preserve Tours and Activities

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If there’s a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, McDowell Sonoran Preserve just might be it. With more than 30,000 acres, including the McDowell Mountains, visitors can hike it, bike it or even climb it.

With more than 120 miles of trails, picking which way to go can be tough, so ask the experts. Most mornings McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Pathfinders are on duty at the Brown's Ranch Trailhead, Gateway Trailhead, Lost Dog Wash Trailhead, Sunrise Trailhead and Tom’s Thumb Trailhead. Pathfinders have all sorts of information and suggestions to insure a fun, safe day on the trails.

Fit families will enjoy the way the Family Passport keeps everyone moving together. Scavenger hunts for animal tracks, rocks and other nature provided attractions can provide inspiration for hours of exploring. When you visit five Preserve trailheads (Gateway, Lost Dog, Sunrise, Tom’s Thumb and Brown’s Ranch) and get your passport stamped you’ll win a Preserve bandana.

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18333 North Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, Arizona, 85255
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Iconic Tom's Thumb Hiking Adventure in Scottsdale

Iconic Tom's Thumb Hiking Adventure in Scottsdale

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Visit an iconic landmark in the Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve. See Geological features and well as flora and fauna that are unique to the Sonoran Desert. Amazing views of the McDowell Mountains and surrounding areas.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.00
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$145.00
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Stunning Sunrise or Sunset Guided Hiking Adventure in the Sonoran Desert

Stunning Sunrise or Sunset Guided Hiking Adventure in the Sonoran Desert

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Experience an incredible sunrise or sunset in the one-of-a-kind Sonoran Desert in Phoenix, Arizona, with a fun, experienced, local Mad Desert Trekking guide. Find out why Arizona's sunrises and sunsets are truly amazing. Why should you book your Sonoran Desert sunrise or sunset hiking adventure with Mad Desert Trekking? We approach every trip with fun in mind. Plus, our pro guides will show you the secrets of the area that few people know about. We will provide everything you need for your hiking adventure, including: - Use of backpacks - Sunscreen - Bottled water - Sports drinks - Trail snacks - Plus, cold beverages after finishing your hike. Our number one priority is your safety. We guarantee a safe, enjoyable and memorable Sonoran Desert experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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$125.00
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Private Group Sonoran Desert 1.5 Hour Mountain Bike Adventure

Private Group Sonoran Desert 1.5 Hour Mountain Bike Adventure

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Immerse yourself in the dramatic scenery of the Sonoran Desert, and get up close and personal with the sights when you explore on two wheels, on this private mountain biking tour. Pick between morning and afternoon tour times, and make your own way to the departure point in Scottsdale. After grabbing your mountain bike, helmet, and other gear, follow your guide into the desert, and learn all about its wildlife, history, and more.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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Scottsdale Desert Classic Hiking Adventure

Scottsdale Desert Classic Hiking Adventure

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Experience the Scottsdale Classic Hiking Adventure in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. We’ll customize the hike to your mileage, terrain and grade preferences. - Hike for about two hours. - Explore the geology, plants, animals of the Sonoran Desert. - Relax at an incredible viewpoint with trail snacks and beverages provided by - your guide. - We approach every trip with fun in mind. Plus, our pro guides will show you secrets of the area that only a few know about. - 2-3 hours on the trail - Meet your guide at the trailhead - Difficulty scale: Easy to strenuous—you choose the level! We provide everything you need for your hiking adventure: - Use of backpacks - Sunscreen - Bottled water - Sports drinks - Trail snacks - Plus, cold beverages after finishing your hike. Our number one priority is your safety. We guarantee a safe, enjoyable and memorable Sonoran Desert experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.00
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Awesome Stand Up Paddleboarding Adventure in a Sonoran Desert Oasis

Awesome Stand Up Paddleboarding Adventure in a Sonoran Desert Oasis

Experience the beauty of giant saguaro cacti and other Sonoran Desert plants and animals on the rocky, mountainous shoreline of a clear, cool lake. Paddle through numerous coves, inlets and around islands in the 7,500-acre reservoir in the regional park, which covers 23,000 acres. - Paddle at your own speed. - Learn the nuances of paddle boarding with a SUP expert. - Adventure lasts 3 hours on the water. - Explore the geology, plants, animals of the Sonoran Desert. - Relax and swim in the comfortable, clear water. We approach every trip with fun in mind. Plus, our pro guides will show you the secrets of Lake Pleasant.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.00
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Private Solo Sonoran Half Day Desert Mountain Bike Adventure

Private Solo Sonoran Half Day Desert Mountain Bike Adventure

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This is a awesome way to see the Sonoran Desert if you love to ride mountain bike OR want to take it easy and spend quality time with our guides. This SOLO tour is great for those who are in town for a meeting and want to get it done. Please note the cost of the tour does not include guide gratuity. Thank you.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$320.00
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Should I book McDowell Sonoran Preserve tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since McDowell Sonoran Preserve can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit McDowell Sonoran Preserve 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to McDowell Sonoran Preserve costs USD 125.00. Guided McDowell Sonoran Preserve tours start around USD 125.00 per person.
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