Sonoran Preserve Trails

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Trail Distance: 36 miles
Time Estimate: 20 min+
Elevation Gain: 698 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description
The Sonoran Desert Preserve covers over 18,000 acres with 36 miles of trails rated from easy to very difficult. This undeveloped, wild land features many barktiful geological formations and furbulous flora along its paths, including several varieties of cactus along with furtabulous desert wildflowers in the spring. Fido will enjoy sniffing out the abundant desert wildlife that includes snakes, lizards, birds and small mammals like armadillos and raccoons.

All of the trails arise from 3 trailhead locations: Apache Wash on Sonoran Desert Drive, Desert Vista to its southwest, and Desert Hills which lies in a separate part of the desert to the northwest. The multiple trails coming from the trailheads, as well as others that connect with them, create a trail system that seems almost infinite in its ability to customize your adventure through this unspoiled Sonoran Desert with your fur-baby.

The East and West Skip Rimsza Paseo trails are paved with smooth concrete, pawrfect for families with children or elders, or the occasional bicyclist who isn't into rough riding. Both feature gradual inclines and good views of the area, and together cover about 5 miles. For those who are pumped for more adventure, the Dixie Mountain Trail is rated very difficult, climbing 700 feet to the summit of  the mountain. Though short, its steep elevation change is strenuous for everyone, including the pooch. 

A unique trail experience is the Badger Brawl, which crosses several dry river beds offering plenty of green and shade to one side, where seguaros, ironwood trees and colorful desert wildflowers grace the way. The Apache Vista Trail winds skyward on the north side of Apache Hill to the summit 150 feet above, which astounds with furtacular 360-degree views. A truly spectacular trail is the Hawk's Nest, accessible from the Desert Vista trailhead. It's only .5 mile, but climbs 270 feet to offer  intrepid explorers pawrrific views, while connecting with the arduous Dixie Mountain Trail.

There's no potable water to be found on the Preserve, so be sure to carry enough for both yourself and Fido. Bring any other needed essentials, such as clean-up bags, and snacks!

With so many trails containing their own unique features, you can choose among them to tailor your hiking experience with your furry bestie. There is no end of variety in the Sonoran Desert Preserve!

Trail Features
Loose Terrain, Rocky, Steep Inclines, River, Desert, Easy Incline
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
When walking along dry riverbeds, be aware that flash flooding can and does occur after rain and be prepared to exit immediately. The sun here is relentless. Protect both yourself and Fido with sunscreen, especially on noses and tips of ears. Wear a hat and protective clothing. The City of Phoenix prohibits dogs from city trails when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer.
Address
1600 E Sonoran Desert Dr
Phoenix, AZ 85085
Hours
Mon 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tue 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wed 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thu 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Fri 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sat 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sun 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Address
1600 E Sonoran Desert Dr
Phoenix, AZ 85085
Hours
Mon 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tue 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wed 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thu 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Fri 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sat 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sun 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM