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Native Plants of the Sonoran Desert Hike


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Half Day – Tuesday, April 16 - CANCELED

Native Plants of the Sonoran Desert Hike
Date: Tuesday, April 16
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Cost: $34

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Get an up-close introduction to the plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert on a hike from the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Led by the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, hike leaders will discuss the unique adaptations of the flora and fauna that allows them to thrive in the desert environment. The trail, which features outstanding views, is about 4 miles long and has mostly mild inclines, but does have some short, steep, and rocky portions.

Participants will learn the overall history of the area and how it was initially slated to be a resort/residential development, and how the community came together to advocate for the land to be preserved, for the construction of the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead, and the trails in the area, which now all provide recreational access to the lands that the public taxed themselves to protect.

Length and Difficulty

This 4.5 mile hike is rated as intermediate. Elevation change is minimal, but trails are rocky.


Steve Dodd, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

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