It is amazing that just outside Phoenix and Scottsdale is this amazing landscape—far more than just a barren desert. Take a few hours to see this incredible living wilderness. There are numerous guides options and Experience Scottsdale offers a great list of trails.
The perfect starter hike for any traveler, especially families, is the half-mile Bajada Trail near the the Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve Gateway. If your group still feels like exploring, continue along the Saguaro Loop Trail!
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Open for Exploration
In 1995, Scottsdale residents voted to protect a full one-third of the city as undeveloped, public open space. Today, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve is 27,800 acres of adventure opportunity. Hiking, biking and rock climbing excursions can be do-it-yourself, or you can take to the trails with the local guides from Arizona Outback Adventures and learn all about the desert along the way.