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Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve

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Recommended Routes in Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve - 5

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Favorite Sonoran sunset in January.
Intermediate

Figure 8

6.1 mi 9.8 km 656' Up 200.02 m Up 656' Down 199.89 m Down

Anthem, AZ
Favorite Sidewinder Trail cutting through the saguaros
Intermediate

Sonoran Desert Loop

13.4 mi 21.5 km 1,112' Up 339.02 m Up 1,110' Down 338.44 m Down

Cave Creek, AZ
Favorite Sonoran sunset in January.
Intermediate

Sonoran Long Figure 8

10.5 mi 16.9 km 1,091' Up 332.5 m Up 1,082' Down 329.82 m Down

Anthem, AZ
Favorite Did not anticipate this much fun on a ride near Scottsdale (Badger Brawl). Honestly, ripping fun!
Easy/Intermediate

The Big U

15.0 mi 24.1 km 434' Up 132.25 m Up 433' Down 132.08 m Down

Cave Creek, AZ
Favorite Ride through desert wildflowers along the Ocotillo Trail.
Easy/Intermediate

Phoenix Sonoran Preserve North/South Loop

13.0 mi 20.9 km 459' Up 140.02 m Up 456' Down 139.1 m Down

Cave Creek, AZ

Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve Biking

  • 114 Miles 183 Kilometers of Trail
  • 5 Recommended Routes
  • 11 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 13 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 3 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve - 22

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0.4 mi 0.6 km #1Hawk's Nest
Intermediate
Anthem, AZ
Intermediate
Anthem, AZ
1.1 mi 1.7 km #2Desert Tortoise
Easy/Intermediate
Anthem, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
Anthem, AZ
1.0 mi 1.6 km #3Valle Verde Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Anthem, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
Anthem, AZ
3.2 mi 5.2 km #4Great Horned Owl Trail
Intermediate
Anthem, AZ
Intermediate
Anthem, AZ
1.5 mi 2.4 km #5Cactus Wren Trail
Intermediate
Cave Creek, AZ
Intermediate
Cave Creek, AZ
0.4 mi 0.7 km #6Union Peak Trail
Difficult
Anthem, AZ
Difficult
Anthem, AZ
4.0 mi 6.4 km #7Dixie Mountain Loop
Intermediate
Anthem, AZ
Intermediate
Anthem, AZ 17 
1.0 mi 1.7 km #8Bobcat
Easy/Intermediate
Anthem, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
Anthem, AZ
1.8 mi 2.9 km #9Ridgeback Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Cave Creek, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Cave Creek, AZ 12 
3.4 mi 5.5 km #10Esplanade Trail
Easy
Cave Creek, AZ
Easy
Cave Creek, AZ

Photos of Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve - 48

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Sonoran sunset in January.
Oct 8, 2015 near Anthem, AZ
Riding the Badger Brawl trail in the Apache Wash Trailhead area of the Sonoran Desert Preserve.
Sep 5, 2016 near Cave Creek, AZ
Enjoy gorgeous views of the Sonoran Desert (and the parking lot) from the top of the Ridgeback Trail.
Feb 11, 2017 near Cave Creek, AZ
Ride through desert wildflowers along the Ocotillo Trail.
Mar 5, 2017 near Cave Creek, AZ
Did not anticipate this much fun on a ride near Scottsdale (Badger Brawl). Honestly, ripping fun!
Oct 21, 2018 near Cave Creek, AZ
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve | Ringing in the new year on Ocotillo, Sidewinder, Ridgeback | 01/01/2020
Jan 4, 2020 near Cave Creek, AZ
Downhill portion to parking lot.
Dec 15, 2021 near Anthem, AZ
Sidewinder, Ridgeback, and Ocotillo loop in 4K
Mar 10, 2022 near Cave Creek, AZ