McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month kicks off with free program

Discover why the Sonoran Desert is one of the most beautiful regions in the world this October during McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month.

Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve spreads across more than 30,000 acres of desert. It is home to diverse wildlife, lush flora and jaw-dropping topography.

More than 30 miles of new trails have been added in the preserve this past year. Meet at Brown’s Ranch Trailhead, 30301 N. Alma School Parkway, starting at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, to discover what’s new and participate in several activities:

* Guided hikes covering three distances: 8 miles, 4 miles and the half-mile Jane Rau Interpretive Trail;

* Unveiling of a new exhibit dedicated to Native America life in the Sonoran. The exhibit is courtesy of the Huhugam Ki Museum on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community;

* “Preserve Yourself,” a program on staying safe while enjoying the preserve, 11 a.m.;

* Sonoran Sunday, a family-themed preserve activity, 3 p.m.

To learn more about the preserve, including its 11 trailheads and 170 miles of trails, visit and search “preserve.”

To get a taste of the preserve, its scenery and facilities, view videos at and search “ScottsdaleAZgov.”

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