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Preserve 101

First time hiking in the McDowell’s; or want to learn more about the Sonoran Desert? This 3-mile, easy to moderate hike is for you! It’s an overview of the various desert plants, animals, critters and bugs found in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Meet at the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead by 7:45 a.m. Appropriate for ages 8 and older.

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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  • Karen S.

    Wonderful-I really enjoy the Group. I had a great time.

    1 · March 3, 2013

  • Shelley

    We appreciate the feedback. Please join us again, soon.

    March 3, 2013

  • Pam C.

    Extremely informative ! The stewards were very personable and knowledgeable.

    March 3, 2013

  • Karen S.

    Looking forward to it!

    March 2, 2013

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