Crisscrossing through the neighborhoods of McDowell Mountain Ranch are miles of paved trails perfect for walking or running with your furry friend. These paths offer a wide range of ups and downs— enough challenge for exercise without being overly strenuous. The walk snakes through the McDowell Mountain residences and has beautifully scenic views, particularly around sunrise or sunset. You may encounter many different species of the desert’s flora and fauna on the way; the trail passes many wildlife habitats where anything from birds and lizards to coyotes and javelina may roam. The hike is very dog friendly, and even offers stations for cleanup if nature calls. Convenient yet exotic, the trails display natural desert views and wait right outside your door. Whether it be a family walk, a brisk jog, or just a getaway excuse for Fido to make a friend, an adventure on these trails is ready to be discovered. Click here for homes for sale in gated communities in McDowell Mountain Ranch.
If you are looking for a something a little more vertical, try the Gateway Loop in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Located at 18333 N. Thompson Peak Parkway, there are more than two dozen designated trails with all levels from novice to advanced. All trails are well maintained, with abundant signage to help you get around.