Interpretive/Nature Trails

New Scottsdale interpretive trail tells desert’s story


Esteban Gonzalez (center) and Carlos Arenas (right) position a nature trail sign, March 18, 2015, that will be installed on the Kovach Family Trail off of the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead, 12601 N. 124th Street, Scottsdale. Assisting in the positioning is City of Scottsdale preserve planner Scott Hamilton (left).
  • A grand opening for the Kovach Family Nature Trail is 9 a.m. Saturday%2C March 28
  • The trail opened in January%2C but the educational signs were just recently installed
  • The Kovach family donated %24150%2C000 to the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy for the trail
  • The trail is made of stabilized decomposed granite%2C which makes it ideal for people using wheelchairs and walkers%2C or pushing strollers.

A dry desert wash. Noisy Gila woodpeckers. Lichen-covered rocks. Saguaro nest holes. Each helps tell the story of the ecosystem along the new Kovach Family Nature Trail in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

But trail users won’t have to settle for a fleeting look at a desert bird or puzzle over an unusual plant. Newly-installed educational signs along the interpretive trail offer detailed information about the many chapters in this desert story.

The Kovach trail, which opened in January, is the fourth interpretive trail established in the 30,000-acre preserve. It is named for the Kovach family in recognition of a $150,000 gift to the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. The conservancy, which partners with the city to support the preserve, contributed $60,000 for the trail. The remainder of the gift is being used for the signs and other educational materials such as handouts for teachers.


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