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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

McDowell Sonoran Preserve Tours and Tickets

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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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Stunning Sunrise or Sunset Guided Hiking Adventure in the Sonoran Desert
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Stunning Sunrise or Sunset Guided Hiking Adventure in the Sonoran Desert

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The Sonoran Desert is one of the hottest deserts in the US, and unless you're experienced at making your way through the desert, going alone can be dangerous. Prebook this Sonoran Desert Sunrise or Sunset Guided Hiking Adventure and go with a guide who puts your safety first and customizes the adventure based on your experience and preferred skill level. Cold water, snacks, and sunscreen are included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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$125.00
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Scottsdale Desert Classic Hiking Adventure
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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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Iconic Tom's Thumb Hiking Adventure in Scottsdale
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Iconic Tom's Thumb Hiking Adventure in Scottsdale

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Take a guided hike in Scottsdale’s Sonoran Preserve up to Tom’s Thumb, an iconic granite landmark. This is about a three hour hike, where your guide will take you through the desert, showing you the flora and fauna. You’ll see the saguaro cactus forest, and other amazing geological formations and beautiful views of Scottsdale.
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  • 3 hours
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FAMILIES!! Groups!! Private 2 hour- Customizable, Fun Mountain Bike Adventure
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FAMILIES!! Groups!! Private 2 hour- Customizable, Fun 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
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MOUNTAIN BIKERS-1/2 day, customizable, all levels, fun, MTB adventure. DO THIS!!

MOUNTAIN BIKERS-1/2 day, customizable, all levels, fun, MTB adventure. DO THIS!!

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Spend some time in the great outdoors and explore the Sonora Desert by mountain bike. Alongside a private guide, zip through the Valley of the Sun on two wheels and take in the beautiful views. No matter your riding experience or your age, this tour has something for everyone to enjoy.
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  • 3 hours
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Half-Day Scottsdale Mountain Bike Tour

Half-Day Scottsdale Mountain Bike Tour

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Get off the beaten track and explore the wonders of the Sonoran Desert by bike with this guided half-day ride through the Valley of the Sun. Pedal through the scenic McDowell Mountains along a trail selected to suit your skill level, covering more ground than on foot and taking in the unique flora and fauna of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve along the way.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Beginner/Int Riders Private Solo Sonoran Desert 1.5 Hour Mountain Bike Adventure

Beginner/Int Riders Private Solo Sonoran Desert 1.5 Hour Mountain Bike Adventure

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This tour is unique because it is a solo, private tour with you and your guide one on one. We will not add anyone to this tour. Safe, fun and all about the ride.
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  • 2 hours
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SOLO Customizable, FUN 1.5 hour mountain bike adventure

SOLO Customizable, FUN 1.5 hour mountain bike adventure

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If you’re stopping over in Scottsdale and want to mountain bike in the Sonoran Desert, this half day desert mountain bike adventure is for you. All your gear will be provided, including a 2019 bike, water bottle, healthy snacks for all diets, helmet, gloves, a variety of pedals to choose from, and a backpack to borrow. Go solo, or go with a guide- your choice.
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  • 3 hours
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$320.00
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ALL LEVELS- Families-Stunning AZ Sunset 2 hour mountain bike adventure-seasonal

ALL LEVELS- Families-Stunning AZ Sunset 2 hour mountain bike adventure-seasonal

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Suitable for all experience levels, this private cycling journey lets you explore the Sonoran Desert by Marin Performance Hardtail Mountain Bike. Helmet, gloves, bottled water, and snacks are included, so you can simply show up and enjoy the ride. Get hands-on support from a medically-trained cycling guide. Tours are timed to coincide with the sunset, so sublime views are guaranteed.
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  • 2 hours
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2 Hour Self Guided E-bike Rental

2 Hour Self Guided E-bike Rental

Get ready for an exciting adventure exploring all of Scottsdale's greatest sights with our easy-to-use E-bikes! Create your own journey through Scottsdale and get to experience a unique adventure! This is the perfect activity for friends and family to tour Scottsdale. You will get the chance to visit Old Town, plenty of beautiful trails, and choose your own route for two hours!
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  • 2 hours
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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
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Scottsdale Hiking Tour

Scottsdale Hiking Tour

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TripAdvisor's 2019-2020 #1 ranked outdoor activity. Experience the Sonoran desert on the scenic trails of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Your professional tour guide will teach you about Sonoran desert flora, fauna and Native American history throughout the Granite Mountain hike. Covid-19 precautions: The entire activity will occur outdoors. All non-cohabitating hikers must stand at least 6 feet away from other non-cohabitating hikers and the Tour Guides. Difficulty: Moderate, rocky and loose terrain. Every hiker must have a moderate physical fitness level and no medical conditions or physical limitations that would preclude them from safely completing a moderate hike.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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