Experience The Sonoran Desert – PV’s “Backyard” Adventures

In Blog, Things to Do on July 24, 2014 by Community Expert Team
Experience The Sonoran Desert – PV’s “Backyard” Adventures

One of the best parts about living in Paradise Valley is the beautiful Arizona landscape that is readily available to enjoy. Experience the Sonoran Desert, one of the most diverse environments in the area, that holds over 100 different species of animals and plants.


With more than 30,000 acres of “backyard” to take in, Paradise Valley offers adventures that have yet to be had. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve has six trailheads and over 100 miles of trails to hike. Offering wonderful views of Pinnacle Peak and other boulder formations, the Brown’s Ranch Trailhead and the newer Fraisfield Trailhead are a great ways to access the preserve.


Other popular routes along the preserve are the Gateway and Tom’s Thumb trailheads that lead hikers to the middle of the landscape. Known as one of the more challenging trails, Tom’s Thumb has proven to be a challenge for hikers to explore, but a great way to get a healthy workout. To see gorgeous views of the valley, take Lost Dog Wash and Sunrise Trailhead at the south end of the preserve.


There are guided tours available in the area that can lead groups up the boulders or go on a tour through the desert land. Guides can provide informative details about the area’s history and local stories that have made the Sonoran Desert so unique. Also, there are plenty of mountain biking opportunities along the rugged terrain that makes for an exciting day trip.


With so much to discover in Paradise Valley, make a point to spend time in the Sonoran Desert and Preserve.


This local update courtesy of your Paradise Valley Community Expert.
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