Caption: California poppies blooming in the Sonoran Preserve
Desert Vista Trailhead (southern section of the preserve)
1901 W. Desert Vista Trail
Map to the trailhead
Apache Wash Trailhead (northern section of the preserve)
Please note there is no water available at this trailhead. Please bring adequate supplies for your planned activity.
1600 E. Sonoran Desert Dr.
Map to the trailhead
All parking lot hours 6 a.m. to sunset or 7 p.m. (whichever comes first)
This area is the newest addition to Phoenix's vast desert preserve system. Purchased with voter approved funds and state grants, the new preserve has added a whole new element to the city's expansive desert preserves -- and we're still adding land.
Much of the Sonoran Preserve is located in the transition zone to the Arizona Upland subdivision of the Sonoran Desert, which has higher amounts of rainfall per year (up to 12.5 inches per year). This increases both the lushness and diversity of plant life. South Mountain, Camelback Mountain and Squaw Peak, on the other hand, are located in the Lower Colorado River Valley, the largest and most arid subdivision of the Sonoran Desert. With only 7.5 inches of rainfall a year, vegetation in these areas is sparser and less varied.
Current Preserve Improvement Projects
Sonoran Preserve Trails:
Since 2009 there have been 14 miles of new trails designed and constructed in the Sonoran Preserve. Currently department staff is designing the next phases of trails. Typically trail construction occurs in the cooler months of the year while the hotter months of the year are devoted to trail planning and layout. To provide input into the process of trail design and layout please contact Jarod Rogers, Trails Coordinator at 602-534-1089.
Funding Source: Phoenix Parks and Preserve Initiative
The Sonoran Preserve Master Plan provides a detailed look into the
long-term plans for this important new desert preserve area.
Contact: Jarod Rogers (602) 534-1089
For general information: (602) 262-7901.
Sonoran Preserve Paseo
The Sonoran Preserve Paseo is a 10' wide shared-use path located in the Sonoran Preserve and along the route of the Sonoran Boulevard. The first phase of the project is 5 miles in length. The Paseo features 100% accessibility for people of all physical abilities and includes 10 pedestrian bridges over preserved desert washes. Two shade ramadas located along the Paseo provide respite from the sun. The Paseo will also have trail connections to neighborhoods to the south and multi-purpose trails in the Sonoran Preserve to the north.
Anticipated completion: May 2013
Funding Source: Impact Fees.
Contact:Jarod Rogers (602) 534-1089