Sonoran Preserve


​The Sonoran Preserve, located in North Phoenix, has over 18,000 acres of beautiful desert views including 36 miles of exciting multi-use trails.  With three trailhead locations, Desert Vista, Desert Hills and Apache Wash, hikers are able to access many miles of great hiking in the unspoiled Sonoran desert.  With so many trails to choice from there is a hike for almost everybody. Please remember to use "Take a Hike. Do it Right"  hiking safety guidelines.

Trail Map & Descriptions


Apache Wash Trailhead
1600 E. Sonoran Desert Dr.

Desert Hills Trailhead
705 W. Carefree Hwy.

Desert Vista Trailhead
1900 W. Desert Vista Tr.


Parking/Entrance Hours:
5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Trail Hours:
5 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Desert wildflowers and saguaro cactus

Register for Hikes and Outdoor Nature Programs

Contact Information:

Ranger Office:
(602) 495-6939

Natural Resources Office
(Business Hours Only):
(602) 495-5458

Contact Natural Resource staff regarding resource management at desert preserves
or call (602) 261-8318

Take a hike, do it right logo

Review "Take a Hike. Do it Right." guidelines before visiting the trail.  The symbol to the right of each trail name represents the difficulty rating.

Trail rating guide

*Add an additional level of difficulty when the temperature is in the triple digits. 


Additional Area Information:

Sonoran Preserve Master Plan