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We offer hike and mountain bike tours lead by experienced, knowledgeable stewards at no charge.   We would love for you to join us while we discover the Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve, the largest urban preserve in the United States at over 30,000 acres and 225 miles of trails.

Did you know the McDowell Sonoran Preserve is owned by the City of Scottsdale but cared for by over 600 stewards? Not only do we care for the Preserve, we have a blast enjoying the recreation that it provides. If you would like to join us, visit McdowellSonoran.org.

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The AZ Site Steward Program and its Impact on Cultural Resource Preservation

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Arizona’s historic cultural resources are as fragile as they are fascinating, and they need to be preserved and protected. This is the role of the Arizona Site Steward Program. Now in its 36th year, Sean Hammond (AZ State Site Steward Coordinator) will present a brief history of the AZ Site Steward Program, how it became the model for the creation and guidance of several other Site Steward Programs throughout the west and how volunteers play a critical role in every aspect of the program and in the preservation of archaeological sites. We will also address current challenges of protecting sites and what may be the next great threat to cultural resources today -social media and uncontrolled visitation.

Please be sure to email Franco Farina ([masked]) to receive the ZOOM Link

This event is free.

Mountain Bike Skills Clinic at Pima Dynamite Trailhead

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New to mountain biking? Looking to refresh your skills, improve your technique, enhance safety awareness, and increase your overall enjoyment on the trails? We begin with a demonstration and presentation by experienced riders covering the basic things you need to know, equipment requirements and trail etiquette. The instructional segment will be followed by a short, guided ride, where you can practice the techniques discussed.
Please, no road bikes, hybrids, folding bikes, or electric assist bikes. All our rides are “no drop,” meaning we will not leave you. A bike with wide knobby tires is required. Please check the working order of your bike before you leave home. Helmets required. Bring water and snacks. No dogs, please. Accommodations for service animals must be made in advance. Restrooms available at the trailhead. Arrive 15 minutes before start of ride.

Location: Pima Dynamite Trailhead
Skill Level: All Skill Levels
Distance: ~3-5 miles

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Ride the Gooseneck at Fraesfield Trailhead

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