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McDowell Mountain Regional Park

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Address: 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr., Fountain Hills, AZ 85264
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+1 480-471-0173
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We live 20 min away from this park and like to visit to getaway from the city. We have also camped here many times. It's like another world, peaceful, beautiful views of the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Scottsdale, AZ
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Scottsdale, AZ
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We live 20 min away from this park and like to visit to getaway from the city. We have also camped here many times. It's like another world, peaceful, beautiful views of the mountains, many hiking trails. Sunsets are drop dead gorgeous. All the campsites are nice, lots of space between you and your neighbors. The tent and picnic areas... More 

Thank mbtravels
Phoenix, Arizona
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I have camped twice at this park and had great experiences both times. We love to get out of the city and just relax in peace and quiet and this park and the surrounding town of Fountain Hills allows for that. We tent camp but choose sites with electric and water just to make things easy sometimes.... More 

Thank lydpagano
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12 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The area was beautiful, grounds were very nice. The weather was perfect minus a bit of wind. The park ranger was very friendly. I forgot that I was only a few miles from a large city. So dark, stars so bright, the sounds of nature sung me to sleep. The trails accommodated all levels of riders. Mountain and road.

Thank Megan W
Winnipeg, Canada
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29 reviews
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Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Raced the pemberton 50k which was 2 laps around the trail. Was a half cloudy day and warm, great for running. This is a low key race and well supported. I would recommend the race as well as the park for running and biking.

Thank gazoo204
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23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

We had an appointment early in Scottsdale and we live several hours from there, so decided to stay at McDowell Mt park in our RV. What a pleasant surprise!! The sites were immaculate and very spread out, so you had plenty of privacy. There were also numerous well marked trails throughout. We were there on a weekday and though the... More 

Thank Judy W
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178 reviews
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

I didn't think this was as good as other trails around the area. It is a so so no wildlife seen. Just some cactus on what I believe was a rather boring hike. Many campers abound as well as bicyclist. There is a rather large fire pit and super gigantic grill for your use as well as very clean restrooms.

Thank mruggier0
North Carolina
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38 reviews
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Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Had some free time after arriving from the East Coast and wanted to see some desert scenery and decided to take a late afternoon drive to the park. Such a gorgeous area to get out and experience the open desert. I had the park all to myself. Beautiful long range views. Nice hiking trails, picnic and camping areas. All only... More 

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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

We did the north trail which turned out to be a great hike. It is relatively flat and 2.7 miles long. They have a brochure that provides for a great self guided hike. The variety of plant life is amazing. Same with the views. It would be a great hike for all ages. It is also an easy trail for... More 

Thank Joel W
Wyoming, Canada
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Reviewed 13 January 2017

Really enjoyed the 3 mile North Trail, an easy walk loop with interpretive information sheet that you take on this self walk. The Scenic Trail a 4.5 mile loop that takes you across a ridge where you can see Four Peaks and McDowell Mountain Range. This senior did not find this difficult at all. Trail was well marked. Looking forward... More 

Thank 631dellaf
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Reviewed 31 December 2016

Two great hikes for those who want to get a quick hike in and not be beat the rest of the day. There is a good mix of clear trail that is easy going and other parts that require a little bit more care and thought. Saw some with walking poles, but we did not have these. Our group of... More 

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