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Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve

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44 mi 70 km of trail 4 Recommended Routes

Easy Trails 9 Trails Intermediate Trails 9 Trails Hard Trails 1 Trail

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Recommended Routes in Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve - 4

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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 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

Trails in Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve - 15

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6.2 mi 10.0 km #1Apache Wash Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Cave Creek, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
Cave Creek, AZ 49 
7.1 mi 11.4 km #2Sidewinder Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Anthem, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Anthem, AZ 30 
1.8 mi 2.9 km #3Ridgeback Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Cave Creek, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Cave Creek, AZ 10 
6.3 mi 10.1 km #4Ocotillo Trail
Intermediate
Cave Creek, AZ
Intermediate
Cave Creek, AZ 18 
4.0 mi 6.4 km #5Dixie Mountain Loop
Intermediate
Anthem, AZ
Intermediate
Anthem, AZ 10 
3.4 mi 5.5 km #6Badger Brawl Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Cave Creek, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
Cave Creek, AZ 10 
2.9 mi 4.7 km #7Cliff Walk Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Cave Creek, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
Cave Creek, AZ
1.5 mi 2.4 km #8Cactus Wren Trail
Intermediate
Cave Creek, AZ
Intermediate
Cave Creek, AZ
3.4 mi 5.5 km #9Esplanade Trail
Easy
Cave Creek, AZ
Easy
Cave Creek, AZ
3.2 mi 5.2 km #10Great Horned Owl Trail
Intermediate
Anthem, AZ
Intermediate
Anthem, AZ
1.1 mi 1.7 km #11Desert Tortoise
Easy/Intermediate
Anthem, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
Anthem, AZ
1.0 mi 1.7 km #12Bobcat
Easy/Intermediate
Anthem, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
Anthem, AZ
0.4 mi 0.7 km #13Union Peak Trail
Difficult
Anthem, AZ
Difficult
Anthem, AZ
1.0 mi 1.6 km #14Valle Verde Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Anthem, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
Anthem, AZ
0.4 mi 0.6 km #15Hawk's Nest
Intermediate
Anthem, AZ
Intermediate
Anthem, AZ

Photos of Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve - 37

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Ride through desert wildflowers along the Ocotillo Trail.
Mar 5, 2017 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
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
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
Did not anticipate this much fun on a ride near Scottsdale (Badger Brawl). Honestly, ripping fun!
Oct 21, 2018 near Cave Creek, AZ
Descent from the top- on Ridgeback Trail
Jan 10, 2015 near Cave Creek, AZ
Sidewinder Junction
Jan 4, 2015 near Cave Creek, AZ