Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just someone who likes to stretch their legs occasionally, there’s a scenic trail not far from you in Fountain Hills. Here are just a few of our easy hiking favorites, featuring iconic views, a close look at the Sonoran Desert’s unique plants and geology, and an occasional encounter with wildlife. Read More...


Those who hike the trails around Fountain Hills, or even just sit serenely on a local park bench, often talk about the reverent feelings they experience while they do. And although we can credit some of the euphoria to majestic scenery and breathtaking sunsets, we’d like to suggest some of it comes from the land’s former occupants, two Native American tribes whose ancestors called the Sonoran Desert home. Today we honor and respect their history, much of which is celebrated in local museums and festivals where visitors are welcome. Read More...


In Fountain Hills, the sun puts on a show at sunrise and sunset, the desert dresses up in vibrant blooms, and every summit is steeped in history. It’s an artist’s playground, which inspires local artists to generate indoor and outdoor works of art enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Read More...


Bringing the family for a visit? Fountain Hills residents say they love raising a family here because of the small community environment and the variety of healthy activities the Town provides. From hiking trails and movies in the park, to inclusive festivals and fun learning opportunities, here are some of the activities locals enjoy doing with their kiddos – and so can you! Read More...


Diners delight at Phil’s Filling Station’s Coca Cola collection

Coca Cola memorabilia at Phil’s Filling Station decorates nearly every nook and cranny of three entire rooms in the diner-style Fountain Hills restaurant. The collection of bottles, tins, serving trays, abstract art, and large framed puzzles depicting scenes and logos from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, is courtesy of owner Phil Rodakis, who has been collecting the memorabilia since the restaurant opened in 1997. Read More...


With more than 60 eating establishments in town, the majority of which are locally owned, you clearly won’t go hungry when you visit Fountain Hills. But why just eat when you can have something a little extra with your meal? Here are a few of the restaurants our residents recommend to their out-of-town guests… and why you might want to visit one or two while you’re here. Read More...


Grapeables Wine Bar: Wine drinking with a view

When you’ve finished your leisurely stroll around Fountain Park, stop for some liquid refreshment at Grapeables Wine Bar, owned by Jo and Bill McKellips and their son, Sam.

In addition to stunning patio views of the World-Famous Fountain, you’ll find more than 150 different bottles of wine from all over the world from small production wineries, often family owned. If you’re hungry, nosh on charcuterie boards designed to pair with reds or whites, or order a full meal delivery from Arrivederci, an authentic Italian restaurant conveniently located four doors down. Read More...


Chocofin Chocolatier: Handmade chocolates from scratch plus a whole lot more

What happens when a local pastry chef begins dabbling in chocolate making? When he’s married to another pastry chef, it creates a perfect blend of sweetness called Chocofin Chocolatier, a unique Fountain Hills confectionery offering handmade chocolates, freshly baked cakes and pies, and regionally sourced ice cream.

You’ll find Chocofin on the corner of Palisades Boulevard and La Montana Avenue, but that’s not where it all started. Read More...


The Fountain Hills Artists Gallery: A riot of color featuring local artists

Visitors who wish they could take some of Fountain Hills’ beauty and charm home with them are in for a pleasant surprise. There’s a very good chance they’ll find a unique memento at the Fountain Hills Artists Gallery, conveniently located on Avenue of the Fountains.

The non-profit gallery is a co-op of approximately 30 local artists who work together to showcase their respective mediums and styles including wall art, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics, featuring mosaics, glass, fiber, gourds, and other materials. Read More...


River of Time Museum and Exploration Center: for kids and history buffs of all ages

Fountain Hills’ rich history isn’t immediately apparent in its current landscape, which is why curious visitors of all ages will enjoy exploring the River of Time Museum and Exploration Center.

The museum began when the Fountain Hills and Lower Verde River Valley Museum and Historical Society incorporated in 1991. In the beginning, the museum shared a trailer near the World-Famous Fountain where they kept a small history display. In the late 1990s, the Society worked with the Town and Maricopa Library System to secure a bond to build its current building, located at 12901 N La Montana, next to the Fountain Hills Library, which opened in 2001. Read More...

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