Cabin fever and cold weather have many Americans dreaming of summer. Here in Scottsdale, however, we are basking in the year-round Arizona sunshine. The ability to buy plane tickets and book hotels online means the warmth of the Sonoran Desert is only a click away. With temperatures averaging in the high 60s in February and mid-70s in March, late winter to early spring is one of the best times to visit Scottsdale. Although there are many unique attractions that draw visitors to the greater Phoenix area, one of the best ways to shake off the winter blues is to bask in the sunshine and incredible sunsets of the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Desert Preserve.
The Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Desert Preserve is a protected natural area that includes over 30,000 acres of sustained desert. Although there are a variety of ways to explore and enjoy the preserve, hiking and mountain biking are two of the most popular.
The preserve has six trailheads and over 100 miles of trails. The trails vary in difficulty, even including an ADA-accessible Bajada Nature Trail. Whether you are a seasoned hiking enthusiast or just interested in a casual stroll, you will not be disappointed. Hiking the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Desert Preserve will give you an up-close and personal view of one the most diverse environments in the world.
Mountain biking enthusiasts are drawn to the rugged terrain of the Sonoran Desert. With 60 miles of shared-use trails to try, you will not be lacking for trail options to match your ability. Local cyclists are particularly fond of the strenuous “Double Bypass” route. The trail, which includes both Bell and Wyndgate Passes, climbs 1,600 feet. It’s ideal for the skilled adventure seeker.
The Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Desert Preserve is open every day from sunrise to sunset. Trust us, there is nothing quite like a sunset in the Sonoran Desert, especially after a long day on the trails. As the sun tucks behind the horizon, the clear blue Arizona sky transforms to a pallet of pinks, purples, reds and oranges. The sky’s intense colors and the striking outlines of cacti, mountains and red rocks will take your breath away.
What are you waiting for? Why not leave the winter doldrums behind and treat yourself to a luxurious desert escape? It has become so easy to book hotels online, you can reserve one of our spacious and inviting guest rooms or suites at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch right now. Let the spectacular Sonoran Desert sunset chase your winter blues away.