Desert Park Trail

Desert Park Trail: A scenic

5.5 mile hike around Horseshoe Mountain, this

hike includes an elevation gain of about 600 feet

over gradual inclines. Allow 3. hours. Please arrive

at the Gateway Trailhead by 7:45 a.m.


The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is a non-profit conservation organization that relies on more than 400 volunteers to help protect and promote the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  We do this in so many ways- from trail building to patrolling the trails, guiding hikes, education, and research.

We need your help!  The Preserve is growing by 10 square miles in the next year and we need volunteers to help keep the Preserve protected. Sign up today at

Dogs are welcome in the Preserve but only service dogs are permitted on guided hikes.



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  • Shelley

    Thanks for your kind words, Ellen! So glad you enjoyed the hike. Please join us again soon.

    1 · March 12, 2013

    • Ellen T.

      I will be doing the Sunday Hike at the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy with the Geologist. That will be awesome......

      March 13, 2013

  • Ellen T.

    This hike was great! The weather was just right and the organizers were very professional and knowledgeable of the environment. It was well worth the drive.

    March 12, 2013

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