Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve offers an array of fabulous desert trails and award-winning facilities. The Preserve is unique geologically and home to stunning geography, lush cacti forests and diverse wildlife. Now is a great time to explore the 30,580 acres of Sonoran Desert. Choose from any of the major trailheads listed below to connect to more than 225+ miles of trails of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Dynamite Bike Lab is conveniently located within just a mile or two from many of these trailheads and an easy distance from others. We have a high-end fleet of rentals ready for your ride! Just click on Bike Rentals and let's get you out there!
If a guided tour is more your speed, we recommend giving Wild Bunch Desert Guides a call.
BROWN’S RANCH TRAILHEAD - 30301 N. Alma School Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Located approximately 1.25 miles north of the intersection of Alma School Rd and Dynamite Blvd.
This trailhead features interpretive exhibits about the human history of the Preserve and serves as the major access point to the vast network of trails in the area. It provides access to such unique destinations as Granite Mountain, Cholla Mountain, Brown’s Mountain, Balanced Rock and Cathedral Rock.
Wide variety of trails for Hiking, Biking and Equestrians. Crushed granite terrain with generally smooth, rolling trails and historic ranching era artifacts.
Parking, restrooms, shade ramadas, interpretive signage, water.
FRAESFIELD TRAILHEAD - 13400 East Rio Verde Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Take Pima Road north to Dynamite, turn right (east) on Dynamite, and continue about 6 miles to 134thStreet, the trailhead is on your left.
Offering access to a variety of easy to moderate scenic trails in the Preserve’s northern area, this trailhead provides plenty of parking for hikers and mountain bikers, as well as an equestrian staging area.
Moderate trails for all activities with generally flatter, smooth, rolling trails popular with equestrians.
Car and horse trailer parking, restrooms, shade ramada, interpretive and orientation signs, no drinking water.
GRANITE MOUNTAIN TRAILHEAD - 31402 N. 136th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85262
From Pima north to Dynamite, right (east) on Dynamite, about 6 miles to 136th Street, left (north) on 136th about 2 miles to Lone Mountain (where the power lines cross over 136th), turn left (west) into access area.
This trailhead provides access to pristine areas in the Preserve’s northern region around Granite Mountain. Ample parking is available as well as an equestrian staging area. There is no water and no restrooms.
Wide variety of trails for Hiking, Biking and Equestrians. Crushed granite terrain with dramatic rock formations and amazing saguaro fields.
Car and horse trailer parking, restrooms, shade ramada, interpretive and orientation signs, no drinking water
PIMA-DYNAMITE TRAILHEAD - 28777 N Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Located at Northeast corner of N. Pima Rd. and E. Dynamite Blvd (Enter off of Dynamite only)
Wide variety of trails for Hiking, Biking and Equestrians.
Gravel parking, maps, portable restroom, no drinking water