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McDowellThe McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is a non-profit organization looking after the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and protecting it for this and future generations. Its work is done via education, research and community involvement.  The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is the largest urban preserve in America and is located in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The preserve is made up of 30,000-acres of prime Sonoran Desert and this area includes large parts of the McDowell Mountains.  There is evidence of human use of the preserve dating back 7,000 years from the Archaic people and the Hohokam.

McDowell2The conservancy was formed in 1990 to prevent urban development encroaching into the mountain areas and to protect it for use by people in the area.  It aims to protect native plants and animals found in this area of the Sonoran Desert.  Many are unique to this area.  The preserve has around 120 miles of trails that are designated for hikers and non motorized vehicles.  They are very popular with both visitors and the local population.

The preserve is open to the public from sunrise to sunset.  Dogs on leashes are welcome. Smoking, alcohol and fires are prohibited.  During the summer months it is advisable to avoid hiking during the hot hours of the day.  Always bring an adequate supply of water with you.

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy obtains funding for its activities from individual gifts, grants as well as donations from corporate partners, wills and trusts, and gifts of land and stock.

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