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The McDowell Sonoran Preserve in the state of Arizona is considered amongst the country’s largest urban parks, covering a massive 30,500-acres. Located in the city of Scottsdale, the preserve is great for an RV rental vacation. The scenic McDowell Mountains are located within the preserve, adding to the rugged scenic beauty. Renting an RV is a convenient way of accessing and moving around McDowell Sonoran Preserve on your motorhome camping trip. For visitors without their rig, RV rentals in Maricopa County make it easy to explore the surrounding areas.  

McDowell Sonoran Preserve is one of the most sought-after outdoor recreation spots in Arizona, considering the range of adventure activities available for thrill-seekers to immerse themselves in. In addition to outdoor adventure, nature enthusiasts find themselves surrounded by several species of animals, plants, insects, and geological formations when camping at McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This protected desert habitat offers visitors hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, rock climbing, running, and horseback riding. 

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Getting Outdoors

One of the best ways to explore the McDowell Sonoran Preserve is on a self-guided hike. McDowell Sonoran Preserve has 190 miles of trails to explore, and for those keen on exploring the entire preserve, make sure you have plenty of time in hand! Equip yourself with a trail map that can be procured from the Scottsdale Tourist Information Center or download it from their website. 

Should you rather go on a guided hike, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Conservancy runs guided hikes for visitors. Private guided interpretive hikes offer an insightful hiking experience as the guides talk about the flora, fauna, terrain, and history of the park. Other hikes available include educational hikes and fitness hikes. 

Mountain biking is popular at the preserve with several trails designated for biking. Popular biking trails include Lost Dog Trail, Tom’s Thumb Trail, Mesquite Canyon Trail, and Brown’s Mountain, among others. 

Those of you who are keen on exploring the preserve in-depth might want to consider horseback riding since its a great way to access very remote areas of the preserve. 

If you’re a professional rock climber, you’ll enjoy rock climbing at McDowell Sonoran Preserve when you go camping with an RV. Enjoy dramatic views of the McDowell Mountains and the many geological formations within the preserve. Rock climbers are required to follow strict guidelines in an attempt to maintain the rock faces.  

Camping at McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Park your RV rental at McDowell Sonoran Preserve to enjoy easy access to nearby attractions. The McDowell Mountain Regional Park has 76 campsites and offers amenities like pull-thru sites, big rig access, tent camping, 20, 30, and 50 amp electric service, water, central water spigot, dump station, and cell phone coverage. Campers have access to restrooms, shower stalls, and picnic shelters. There’s a playground for kids to run about in, and several recreational trails to explore. Bring your furry friends along to this pet-friendly campground. 

When you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near McDowell Sonoran Preserve, drive to the Scottsdale RV Ranch. It has 131 well-equipped campsites with amenities like big rig access, full hookups, 20, 30, and 50 amp electric service, water, sewer, central water spigot, public phone, and cell phone coverage. Campers have access to restrooms, shower stalls, and laundry facilities. There’s a swimming pool for the kids to splash around in. Pets are welcome at this pet-friendly campground. 

Exploring the Area

Since you’re right outside the city of Scottsdale, why not spend some time checking out this beautiful Arizona city? A drive of about 16 miles from McDowell Sonoran Preserve in your Maricopa County camper rental brings you to the vibrant city of Scottsdale. Known for its scenic desert scenery, Scottsdale also has a rich culture of arts, music, food, and history. 

Stroll through downtown Scottsdale, the historic city center that is now packed with galleries, restaurants, antique shops, and more. Sign up for an Art Walk held every Thursday, where you can check out the most popular public artworks in the downtown area.

Staying with art, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art showcases a great collection of art, architecture, and design. There are several revolving exhibitions and programs on art, music, dance, and film.

Fancy some rail history? Head to the McCormick Stillman Railroad Park, dedicated to the display of the history of the railroad in Scottsdale. This interactive museum has a variety of artifacts that date back to the beginning of the railroad, including displays of the Merci Train, Model Railroad, and the Amundsen Pullman Car. 

Maricopa County campers - don’t miss out on a visit to Butterfly Wonderland, a state-of-the-art facility located within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The facility is home to a tropical rainforest that has thousands of butterflies from all over the world. Check out the galleries with different insects and watch a movie on butterflies at the movie theater. 

Enjoy a selection of dining options in Scottsdale; from fast-food joints to fine dining restaurants, pizzerias to multi-cuisine eateries, bars, pubs, and bakeries, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating a meal in the city. 

Pick up supplies for the road from a local convenience store and fill up your rental RV at a gas station before you hit the highway to your next destination. 

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