Hiking Safety

The paths and trails in and near DC Ranch are very popular. But there are some things residents should know when it comes to staying safe while hiking or just enjoying a casual neighborhood walk. The Community Council produced a series of videos where experts share their favorite tips for avoiding trouble in the great outdoors. What items should you always have with you? What should you do if come across a snake or bees? How do you protect your dog in the desert? “In the back of your mind, I want you to always think about what if,” said John Loleit, a Natural Resources Coordinator with the City of Scottsdale.

VIDEO: What to do when encountering snakes and bees on a hike or walk

VIDEO: What to bring on a hike or walk

VIDEO: Social distancing tips for paths and trails

VIDEO: Hiking safety tips: Sun, sounds and signage

VIDEO: Keeping dogs safe while hiking

VIDEO: Tips for hiking safely in and around DC Ranch

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Maps: McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Maps: DC Ranch (must be logged in to DCRanch.com to view)

COVID-19 Guidelines in the Preserve

The Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve is open for dispersed hiking, biking, horseback riding and rock climbing.

Please follow these guidelines:

  • No picnicking or public gatherings are allowed.
  • Maintain a 6 foot separation from other users at all times.
  • Keep moving and avoid congregating in groups.
  • Communicate and be polite to others on the trail, while maintaining separation. There are many first time visitors at this time.

Practice good hygiene:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue of inside of your elbow
  • If you feel sick, stay home

Keep yourself from needing emergency medical care by taking ample water, a map, phone and wearing sturdy footwear, hat and sunscreen.

Rattlesnakes are very active this time of year. Stay on the trail at all times and stay alert.

Refer to the City’s COVID-19 website for updates and recommendation.