More to Explore
The McDowell Sonoran Preserve in North Scottsdale has recently opened an additional 14,800 acres of land with the introduction of the Brown’s Ranch Trailhead. 55 miles of trails in the area make it a great place to hike or mountain bike. Though I haven’t had an opportunity to explore very much of Brown’s Ranch, I’ve already seen several very healthy mule deer there. This region of the Sonoran Desert is slightly higher in elevation than the surrounding valley and has some dense groups of very healthy and mature Giant Saguaro cacti.
The Brown’s Ranch Trailhead is open now, but the official opening ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 19th at 9:00 AM. Take Alma School Parkway north from Dynamite Boulevard. The road leads directly to the trailhead.