This is a massive, permanently protected sustainable desert habitat located along 18333 N Thompon Peak Parkway, Scottsdale. It features an interconnected network of trails spanning about 30,000 acres.


Scottsdale Office


McDowell Sonoran Preserve
18333 N Thompson Peak Pkwy,
Scottsdale, AZ 85260,
(480) 998-7971

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is one of the best Scottsdale attractions for outdoor enthusiasts. This nature preserve offers numerous trails that are ideal for walking, hiking, biking, and equestrian options. Some of the more popular hikes in this location include Tom’s Thumb (which offers breathtaking views of surrounding areas) and Lost Dog Wash Trailhead (easier hikes with views of the south). The trails at McDowell Sonoran Preserve are well marked and equipped with detailed maps and washrooms. The preserve is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Hotels near this recreational attraction include Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale, and the Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas.