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In light of COVID-19 and guidance from local, state and federal public health agencies, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is cancelling all public activities through the end of April. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve remains open to the public, however, you may see fewer Conservancy faces at trailheads and on patrol in the Preserve as a result.

Please visit either of these sites for up-to-date information on COVID-19 and the community impact:

The Maricopa County Health website: Maricopa.gov/CoronaVirus

The City of Scottsdale website: https://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/news/coronavirus-update

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.

We offer hike and mountain bike tours lead by experienced, knowledgeable stewards. 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 140 miles of trails.

Past events (793)

Trailside Naturalist - Bird Nests

Gateway Trailhead - McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Venom in the Preserve Educational Walk from Brown’s Ranch Trailhead

City of Scottsdale - Brown's Ranch Trailhead

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