McDowell Sonoran Preserve Trailhead Update


SCOTTSDALE – Construction of the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead began last October, with completion estimated for May. The trailhead will be located southeast of the intersection of 128th Street and the Pinnacle Peak Road alignment. Access to the trailhead will be via 128th Street. The new trailhead will include parking for at least 200 passenger vehicles (additional phases could bring the total up to 300 spaces), parking for 10 horse trailers, hitching rails, bike racks, restrooms, interpretive signage, shade ramadas and an entry drive with access control gate. Temporary public access to the Tom’s Thumb Trail will remain open during construction of the trailhead. The temporary parking can be accessed by traveling south on 128th Street from Dynamite Boulevard or Ranch Gate Road. Once you enter the Preserve, please follow the directional signs to the temporary parking area.

Brown’s Ranch Trailhead conceptual design

The Brown’s Ranch Trailhead will be the first trailhead to provide access to the northern region of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The trailhead will be located approximately 1.25 miles north of the intersection of Alma School Parkway and Dynamite Boulevard. The design process began in March 2011. Construction is estimated to begin later this year and be complete in early 2013. The first phase will include 200 passenger vehicle parking spaces (additional phases could bring the total up to 300 spaces), parking for horse trailers, hitching rails, water trough, bike racks, restrooms, interpretive signage, shade ramadas, water fountain, an entry drive with access control gate and a small office and maintenance yard. The master site plan for the trailhead was approved by the City of Scottsdale Planning Commission in December and the City Council in January.

For updates, visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov/construction/brownsranchtrailhead.

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