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Introduction to the Sonoran Desert


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Half Day – Tuesday, April 16

Introduction to the Sonoran Desert (Choose 2 of 3 Workshops)
Date: Tuesday, April 16
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Cost: $39

photo of hikers with large cactus clump

Hiking in McDowell Mountain Regional Park


Each workshop will be 90 minutes long. Participants will be asked to choose two options the day of:

• Desert Birding

• Eco Tour (includes multiple topics on Sonoran Desert flora and fauna)

• Hiking in the Sonoran Desert (unique challenges that desert hikers face)

Workshops will be located in the lower Verde River basin. The 21,099-acre park is a desert jewel in the northeast Valley. Elevations in the park rise to 3,000 feet along the western boundary at the base of the McDowell Mountains. Visitors enjoy over 50 miles of multiuse trails, and spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges.

Length and Difficulty

The hiking component of these workshops is on easy trails and will vary between 1-3 miles on decomposed granite at a slow pace with frequent stops.


Maricopa County, Parks and Recreation Department Interpretive Rangers Amy Burnett, Adam Martel, and Brennan Basler

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