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W E LCO M E TO TH E SO N O R A N D E S E RT  .  .  .  .  . 2

	 Scottsdale's Sonoran Desert by the Numbers .  .  .  .  .  . 5
	

Geology & Terrain  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 6

	

Sustaining Life in the Desert  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 7

	

Desert Plants  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 8

	

Desert Critters   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  10

	

Five Seasons of the Sonoran Desert   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  12

	

Things to Bring  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  13	

	

Safety First  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  14

H I K I N G  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 16

	 Hit the Trails & Trail Rating Guide  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  18
	

Discover Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve  .  . 19

	

Explore & Learn with McDowell Sonoran Conservancy   .  20

	 Five Lovely Surprises on Scottsdale Trails  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  32
	

Other Scottsdale Area Trails  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  36

B I K I N G  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 48

	 Urban Biking  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  50
	 Mountain Biking   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  51
	

Five Great Rides in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve  . 52

G U I D E D A DV E N T U R E S  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 56

	 Using an Adventure Outfitter  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 58
	

Choose Your Adventure Style   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  59

	

Cruise  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  60

	Ride   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  61
	Climb  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 62
	Float  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  63
	Soar  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  64



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