Love to hike in Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert? Enjoy architecture? Why not try a unique experience that combines the two, and head out to the Gateway Trailhead of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve near DC Ranch for a day of great exploration.
With over 100 miles of trails located right in DC Ranch’s backyard, you will experience the best that Arizona has to offer: breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, wildlife in its natural open habitat and desert plants that you won’t see anywhere except in our amazing desert. And, when you have a little background into the design, construction and architecture of the Gateway Trailhead, you will appreciate this wonderful amenity even more.
In designing the Gateway, architect Weddle Gilmore‘s goal was to minimize the impact on the surrounding environment, both during the construction process and in its ongoing function as a passageway into the 36,400 acre preserve.
During the construction process, desert plants, including over 1,500 cacti, were salvaged and stored for revegetation. Plant litter was collected from the desert floor, stored and redistributed over the ground, so that the native seeds and organic matter would not be lost.
The drive and parking lot were designed to work harmoniously with the natural drainage of the site. Natural arroyos were left undisturbed to minimize the amount of grading required.
The buildings were constructed with rammed-earth walls (taken from the local soil) and the roof was covered with desert cobble so that it disappears when viewed from an elevated trail to the east of the building.
The Gateway was designed to achieve a “net zero” energy consumption through the use of solar electricity, rainwater harvesting from the roof of the building which provides 100% of the landscape irrigation, and water efficient toilets and sinks. Approximately 90% of the construction waste was recycled, and more than 20% of the building was made from recycled materials.
Hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians can take advantage of this wonderful amenity. Dogs are also allowed on the trails.
Please when you go, take out what you brought in, and tread lightly — future desert and architectural enthusiasts are counting on you.
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