Why Travel Matters in Fountain Hills, Arizona!

We pass popular tourist sites like our World Famous Fountain every day; we may not even think of how it supports our community. But our local hometown restaurants and others like our hiking trails, botanical gardens, and special events are the backbones of Fountain Hills. These places define our community, provide our families with jobs and have given us and thousands of annual visitors a lifetime of memories.

Travel matters, and it improves Fountain Hills in ways that have a wide-reaching impact on local residents. Travel has an impact that we do not always see: travel can strengthen families, foster hometown pride, and build bridges that connect us with one another.

Travel Matters to America

At the national level, travel is critical to the U.S. economy and American jobs. As a leader in workforce development and career advancement–travel creates and supports 15.7 million jobs across the U.S.–making it the seventh-largest private-sector employer. In 2018, traveler spending generated $171 billion in total tax revenue, including $78.6 billion in state and local revenue. That $78.6 billion can pay for a host of critical resources: it’s more than enough to pay all state and local police and firefighters, or the more than one million public high school teachers.

Think back to your first job. Maybe you worked at one of our local restaurants, hotels, spas or offices that have been around a while, or maybe your kids work there now. For many–one third of Americans to be exact–travel is the front door to a promising career. Americans whose first job in travel have an average career salary of $81,900, and two in 5 of those whose first job was in travel are now earning more than $100,000.

Think about how travel matters to local, well-loved small business IN Fountain Hills: travel-dependent leisure and hospitality is the largest small business employer in the U.S.

Those are only a few reasons why it’s so important to keep welcoming visitors to Fountain Hills—and why our industry is elevating the message of “Travel Matters” during National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW)
May 5-11. We encourage you to join us in observing NTTW this year, and celebrate all that travel does for Fountain Hills, and for our country as a whole.

Get involved by:

  • Get social and engage with the #nttw19 hashtag on our Experience Fountain Hills Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. Share how travel matters in your community.

For more information on tourism, please visit our official tourism website ExperienceFountainHills.org

Prost! It is time for Oktoberfest!

Prost or some may say cheers!  The Fountain Hills Oktoberfest is the first in the Valley to kick off the Oktoberfest season starting on September 29 & 30 from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. in Fountain Park, Fountain Hills, AZ.

Oktoberfest is a celebration of German traditions with a band flown in from Germany, mouthwatering Brats, Schnitzels, Apple strudel prepared with secret recipes and homemade
potato pancakes cooked on-site as well as the famous Pretzels.

The Bier is brewed in Germany.  Choices include the traditional Oktoberfest Bier, Pilsner Dunkel (dark) and König Ludwig’s award winning Hefeweizen.

Attendees can compete for fun and prizes in the not to miss famous Beer Stein holding competition, best dressed Oktoberfest competition and the Alphorn blowing contest.

We hope to see you at Fountain Park on September 29 & 30 from 5-10 p.m.

Craft Classic Half Marathon & 5k Returns!

The Craft Classic Returns on October 15!

Treat yourself to a morning of indulgence with the ultimate pairing: Running and Craft Beer! The Craft Classic Half Marathon and 5K offers a unique and challenging Fountain Hills area course with sweeping views and a delicious craft beer reward at the finish line along the beautiful Avenue of the Fountains in Fountain Hills, AZ. Race giveaways for all participants include a commemorative event shirt and beer glass, special finisher’s medal, free race photos and a free beer from Huss Brewing Co.

Take a Preview of the Run!

How Do I Register with Discounted Rates?

Use code FHHALF for $10 off the half marathon or FH5K for $5 off the 5K when registering through the website link below.


Volunteer and Join the Fun!

The Craft Classic Half-Marathon and 5K returns to Fountain Hills on October 15, 2017.  Treat yourself to a morning of indulgence with the ultimate pairing: Running and Craft Beer! The Craft Classic Half Marathon and 5K offers a unique and challenging Fountain Hills area course with sweeping views and a delicious craft beer reward at the finish line along the beautiful Avenue of the Fountains in Fountain Hills, AZ. Race giveaways for all participants include a commemorative event shirt and beer glass, special finisher’s medal, free race photos and a free beer from Huss Brewing Co.

If running is not your forte, consider being a volunteer!  Organizers of the Craft Classic Half-Marathon are looking for volunteers to help during registration, packet pick-up and day of race support.  The Craft Classic Half Marathon & 5K would not happen without the support from businesses, organizations and people like those in our community, who volunteer before, during and after this fun event. Know that you can support runners as well as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by being a volunteer at the 2017 Craft Classic. No experience is necessary to volunteer and there is a wide variety of fun and exciting job choices available. All volunteers receive an official Race Crew T-shirt, fun SWAG and the appreciation of thousands of participants who benefit from their support.


Tourism Team goes on High Flying Adventure

Hello again, it’s Grace from your Fountain Hills Tourism Division!  Last fall my colleague and I had the incredible opportunity to visit the Four Peaks Amethyst Mine courtesy of Sami’s Fine Jewelry.   To say that we were awestruck by the experience would be an understatement.  I could go on for pages about how picturesque the mountains were, how exhilarating the helicopter ride was, the history and character of the miners or the way the gems transformed the mountain from amazing to extraordinary; but I think you might prefer I  show you!

Posted by Experience Fountain Hills on Friday, September 23, 2016

After an unbelievable visual journey to the top of the mountain, Rachael and I stepped off the helicopter and onto one of the tallest plateaus of the Four Peaks Mountain range, right between peaks three and four.  We then met the owners of the mine who gave us a history of the mine.  Purchased in 1998, the mine produces tons (literally tons) on amethyst gems each year.  Those gems are packaged and taken periodically down the mountain to a refinery where they are inspected and polished.  From those tons of gems that are mined, less than 50 pounds of gems are pure enough to them be appraised, sold, and molded into the beautiful jewelry that we love so much!


You might ask, who do we thank for all of the hard work that goes into mining these beauties?  Meet our friend Mike the miner!  He and his wife Tai are the only two who work in the mine.  Their decades of experience working in mining conditions have made them experts not only in working the mine, but braving the weather atop the mountain and delicately excavating these precious stones from the caverns.

Rachael and I had an incredible time atop the mountain, we found our inner pioneer woman and adventurer spirit.  I have to say this tour is a must for anyone and everyone who wants to see a true hidden gem of Arizona … yes, pun intended!

Are you ready to book a tour?  Sami’s Fine Jewelry is offering the trip of a lifetime! Be one of the few to tour the Arizona Four Peaks Amethyst Mine. Located in the rugged desert terrain of the Matazal Mountains, this Arizona mine is one of Arizona’s true treasures. Your day will begin at Sami Fine Jewelry, in Fountain Hills. Provided transportation will escort you to the helicopter take-off point. Space is limited so please call Sami’s Fine Jewelry at (480) 837-8168 to book your tour!


Fox 10 News to Feature Fountain Hills in their “Zip Trips” series

On Friday October 28, 2016 Fountain Hills will be the first destination for the Fox 10 News “Zip Trips” series.  “Zip Trips” are a fun and creative series where the morning anchors of the Fox 10 Morning Show broadcast live from different destinations around the valley!  Fountain Hills will host a “Zip Trip” on our very own the Avenue of the Fountains Plaza facing Fountain Park.

Residents and business owners are welcome and encouraged to join the Fox 10 morning crew on the Avenue Plaza from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. for the many exciting segments that will be featured on the morning show.  With Halloween right around the corner you never know what kind of tricks and treats may pop up during the show.

Segments to be featured include:

  • Mayor Kavanagh
  • A look at our World Famous Fountain
  • Yoga in the Park
  • Wild animal demonstration
  • Showcasing the Musical Instrument Park
  • McDowell Mountain Elementary
  • CopperWynd Pro Tennis Tournament highlight
  • Fountain Hills as a Pet Friendly community
  • Disc Golf Lessons

Let’s gather as a community to show Arizona just how wonderful the Town of Fountain Hills is!

Get out of the Valley and into the Hills

Fountain Hills Fall Event Schedule will have you coming back all season!

The Fountain Hills Special Event season is right around the corner and we want you to get out of the Valley and into the Hills!

This Fall, Fountain Hills will bring back seasonal favorites like Ballet Under the Stars, Oktoberfest, the Fountain Festival of Arts and Crafts and our 26th Annual Turkey Trot.

However we don’t want you to get too comfortable!  This Fall several new events make their debut such as the Road Runner Sports Craft Classic Half Marathon & 5K.  This event is all about running and beer! You’ll enjoy a well-crafted timed race for brew aficionados of all speeds then you will want to join the fun after-party! Quench your thirst at the post-race celebration of your local craft brew scene.
The Road Runner Sports Craft Classic Half Marathon & 5K is a running experience like no other! Presented by Adidas Running and HUSS Brewing, this event features a Half Marathon and 5K distance. Cross the finish at an Epic Craft Brew After Party with Huss!

Here is a preview of the event!

We are also very proud to welcome back for the second year in a row the CopperWynd Pro Challenge Women’s Tennis Tournament!

The CopperWynd Pro Challenge Women’s Tennis Tournament is a USTA Pro Circuit event, is the largest women’s professional tennis tournament in Arizona and only 1 of 2 women’s professional tennis tournaments in the state.

The field for the CopperWynd Women’s $50,000 Pro Challenge will feature 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. Tournaments at the $50,000 level typically feature players ranked from #100 to #500 in the world.  They are stepping-stones to WTA Tour events and Grand Slam tournaments like the Australian and US Open.

This upcoming season the Fountain Hills schedule is packed full of fun.  Make sure you don’t miss out on a moment of it!  Check out our online events calendar for up-to-date details or click here to download our Special Events Calendar PDF.  See you in the Fall!


Fourth at the Fountain!

Fourth at the Fountain – A Fountain Hills 4th of July Celebration!

Put on your red, white and blue and join friends and neighbors at Fountain Park on Monday, July 4 to celebrate Independence Day! The celebration will kick off at 6:00pm with music, games, and prizes. DJ Steve Grosz will keep the whole family moving and grooving with great tunes throughout the night. And what July 4 event would be complete without some pyrotechnics? The 4th at the Fountain program will conclude with a majestic fireworks display at 9:00pm over the park’s picturesque lake.

This year, a new event format will be introduced as the entertainment area will be free and open to all event guests. The Fourth at the Fountain program has been designed to be a community-wide event open to all. This year attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets to relax and enjoy an evening full of fun throughout the park. Food vendors will also be on hand with Italian ice, frozen lemonade, and other goodies to help you beat the heat.

Food Truck dining options include:

  • Emerson Fry Bread
  • Wandering Donkey
  • Circle R Farms BBQ
  • Frosted Frenzy Cupcakes
  • Burgers Amore
  • Fountain Hills Water and Ice

Public parking throughout downtown Fountain Hills will be available. Please note temporary road closures will be in effect at the end of the program to help allow pedestrians to exit the park. Event guests are welcome to bring Frisbees, balls, and other games but to please observe the following:

  • No Glass
  • No alcohol
  • No personal fireworks, sparklers or other open flames
  • Due to the fireworks, we suggest all pets be kept home for their safety

Park Address:  12925 N Saguaro Boulevard, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268


Fountain Hills Music Festival; Three Great Acts In One Evening

Music Fest Poster 2016Arizona weather in the spring is just about as gorgeous as it gets!  So, why stay inside when you can spend the evening at the Fountain Hills Music Festival?

The Town of Fountain Hills invites you to join us on Saturday, March 19, 2016 for an evening of music and fun in Fountain Park!  This one-day event was formerly known as the Fountain Hills Concert Series and has been transformed into a spectacular new, one-day music festival

Several musical acts will perform outdoors, each with its own style and genre.  From electrified strings to country flair, this music festival has something for everyone!  Bring your blankets, chairs, family and friends, and spend the day finding it all in Fountain Hills.    This year’s music fest will also feature food truck dining options from Burgers Amore and Emerson Fry bread.  Water and Ice will also be on site serving up their delicious kettle corn and shaved ice!

Performances include:

4:00 – 5:00pm: Sugar Thieves

The Sugar Thieves have been winning fans over world wide with their high energy, soulful live shows since 2006. Over the years they have honed their brand of American roots music, creating a sound that is all their own. Moving between blues, country, folk, gospel, rock and roll, and elements of jazz, freely they honor the tradition that makes American music so great. From smokey dive bars, to big festival stages, this band has what it takes to move the people.  http://sugarthieves.com/

5:30 – 6:30pm: Urban Electra

From classic rock to alternative rock, pop, club music, and cutting edge electronic music, Urban Electra electric string quartet brings to the stage an eclectic repertoire of original works and chart toppers.

For more info visit http://urbanelectra.com

7:00 – 8:00pm: Ryan Sims

From the very beginning, Ryan had a passion for all elements of music and performing.  Ryan’s talents developed quickly as he became a skilled, self-taught guitarist, singer and songwriter.  Ryan and his band were named Performer of the Year award at the LA Music/Hollywood Fame Awards in 2007 and 2008.  In 2009 Ryan snatched up Singer/Songwriter of the Year at the Phoenix Music Awards.

For more info visit http://www.ryansimsmusic.com


 Hours: 4-8 p.m.

Location: Fountain Park – 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Admission:  Open to the public – FREE

Parking: Free


For more information please e-mail us at tourism@fh.az.gov

Color me Amethyst this Valentine’s Day!

Fountain Hills’ Spas feature high-end amethyst spa services for you and your love!

Forget the roses and chocolate; cover me in amethyst colored serenity!  Valentine’s Day, the day of love is right around the corner and whether you are looking to delight your special someone or you just want to treat yourself, Fountain Hills’ spas have just what the doctor ordered!

What is so special about amethyst?  Amethyst, the gemstone believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, also is said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted.  Throughout history, the gemstone has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures.  English regalia were even decorated with amethysts during the middle ages to symbolize royalty.

Does it really relate to my spa day?  Amethyst – Aids in the reduction of insomnia, arthritis, pain relief, and circulatory issues. Amethyst is considered the gemstone of meditation, peace, balance, courage, and inner strength.

Sign me up!  Where can I indulge in a little purple themed rest and relaxation?

Inn at Eagle Mountain – Scottsdale Spa and Holistic Massage Therapy

Enlightenment ~ Amethyst Mind and Body Renewal Treatment, designed exclusively for the person with change and transition in mind! Amethyst has come to be known as a power crystal with prolific healing powers that can be characterized as purifying, pacifying and transitional. Amethyst is also known to calm the mind, absorb negative energy, and convert it to positive energy.

Strengthen your immune system with a full body brushing while enjoying the total effect of our exfoliation rub, experience the calm of the warm regenerating Four Peaks amethyst body mask wrap followed with our hot stone lavender and amethyst infused massage oil. Glisten with the final amethyst infused body lotion and enjoy the total calm as you face change and transition with a renewed spirit. Royal purple Amethyst placed on the brow, crown, or throat chakras to stimulate and nurture their special functions. On the brow or crown, Amethyst opens spiritual awareness and awakens wisdom. On the throat, it empowers speech and helps the client speak with clarity and confidence

Valentine Specials available online with instant print gift certificates:


Un Conditional Love $249

Love you from your Head to Your Toes. This package includes Relief Massage, Prescription Facial, Quench Body Wrap, Spa Manicure, Spa Pedicure and Lunch.

Love Me Stress Me Not $109

This package includes 80 minute Relief Massage or Prescription Facial

Romantic Love Valentines Couples Suite for 2 $249

Guys – can we talk?

Forget giving just candy – she wants a couple’s massage! Book this romantic Valentine’s encounter with your other half and we’ll provide the quintessential Valentine’s Day chocolate and sparkling beverage! Share the joy and relaxation of unwinding bodies and minds together this Valentine’s Day.

This February 14th give the gift of a romantic couples’ massage. Don’t give the same predictable present, but one that will unite you in a moment of relaxation and tranquility. Not only will it be different, but a perfect gift for you both to enjoy. Imagine the ambiance: candles illuminating your space, romance in the air and above all, the pleasure of knowing you’re next to the person you love.

Calling All Singles!

For Love of Self $139

This package includes 50 minute Diamond Facial and Essence Massage. 

CopperWynd Resort & Club – Spa

Amethyst- Signature Swedish Massage

The beautiful, purple amethyst is said to have a calming and spiritual quality.  Amethyst infused oil is used to release tension and stress from the body and mind, inviting a peaceful mindset.  This soothing, full-body massage uses light to medium pressure to calm and relax the nervous system.  The treatment concludes with a series of soothing and nurturing stillness holds to draw you into a state of deep peace and relaxation.

60 minutes $120  /  90 minutes $165

Signature Amethyst Facial

Tap into the calming and spiritual nature of the Amethyst.  This unique facial uses the purple tones and energy of the amethyst to enhance your skin.  It is ideal for all skin types.  The antioxidants of blueberry, acai berry and plum refresh and revitalize while the plant peptides awaken your cells and leave your skin radiant and glowing.

60 minutes $120  /  90 minutes $165

The Spa at CopperWynd features Valentine’s Day “Meltaways”

No need for chocolate this Valentine’s Day when you can enjoy a “Meltaway” Day at The Spa at CopperWynd.  Each massage features a scented body massage candle that, when lit, melts into a beautiful warm lotion for therapists to soothe and smooth away tension.  Choose from three different packages:

Single Melt ($89 per person)*Champagne Facial featuring oxygen infusion

OR  Aromatherapy Massage

Mini-Meltaway ($99 per person)* Available 2.13-2.28.16

30 minute aromatic massage followed by 30 minute refresh facial

Glass of Champagne or Spa Elixir & Aromatic candle to-go

Couples Meltaway Day ($395 per couple)* Available 2.13-2.28.16

Private yoga for two or couples stretch class

Couples aromatherapy massage (60 minutes)

Ladies Oxygen Facial & Men’s Scalp Massage with Foot Reflexology

Champagne Toast & Aromatic candle to-go

Gift Cards for packages are available now through February 29th. Based upon availability, advanced reservation strongly suggested.

Spa reservations 480-333-1841

Amethyst Events & Activities

Retie the Knot All Over Again In Fountain Hills on Valentine’s Day

There is no better place to say ‘I do’, again, than Sami Fine Jewelry’s “Love in the Hills” happening on Valentine’s Day. For the fourth year in a row, hundreds of couples will gather on the grounds of Fountain Park on the most romantic day of the year. The massive outdoor ceremony takes place in front of the “World Famous Fountain”, surrounded by the beautiful grounds and stunning scenery; making event photos very memorable. The free event will take place from 2:00pm – 6:30pm, complete with food trucks, live music, vendor booths, Newlywed Game beginning at 4:00pm and the official vow renewal beginning at 4:15pm.

The festivities begin at 2:00pm at the amphitheater at Fountain Park and the entire family is welcome to attend. Come hungry because food trucks, will be whipping up some gourmet food including filet mignon sliders, crispy duck sliders, and more.

Enjoy live music from 2:00-4:00pm by The Kniffin Project, a local Fountain Hills band performing at the amphitheater at Fountain Park. Professional photographers will be on site to take complimentary photos of you and your loved ones. Other local businesses will also be setting up booths, and entertainment for all attendees.

AZ Four Peaks Amethyst

Did you know that Arizona is home to the only commercially run Amethyst mine in the United States?

In fact the Arizona Four Peaks Amethyst mine is believed to be the only precious stone mine in the United States that requires a helicopter to transport tools and remove the amethyst rough from the mine. The location of the mine is remote and is located in the most rugged parts of the Matatzal Mountains (46 miles from Phoenix).

Arizona Four Peaks Amethyst Mine Tour – Sami’s Fine Jewelry

April 2016 & October 2016

Sami’s Fine Jewelry is offering the trip of a lifetime! Be one of the few to tour the Arizona Four Peaks Amethyst Mine. Located in the rugged desert terrain of the Matazal Mountains, this Arizona mine is one of Arizona’s true treasures. Your day will begin at Sami Fine Jewelry, in Fountain Hills. Provided transportation will escort you to the helicopter take-off point. Not only will the helicopter fly over the breathtaking views of Four Peaks, but it will also be dropping guests off at the Amethyst mine. The mine is not open to the public; however it will be for this special event! During the time there, the miners and owner will take people on a private tour around and inside of the mine. Every guest that takes part in this once in a lifetime experience will have an opportunity to mine for their own treasure and keep their own authentic Four Peaks amethyst souvenir stone. We currently offer this tour twice per year and space is very limited.

Are you green with envy over all of these opportunities to indulge yourself in Amethyst?  Not to worry, you can still catch this very violet phenomenon!  Call now to make your reservations for any and all of these incredible services and opportunities!

Scottsdale Spa at the Inn at Eagle Mountain

The Inn at Eagle Mountain Resort is a boutique hotel, nestled in the foothills above the eighteenth green of the Golf Club at Eagle Mountain in Scottsdale. Guests will enjoy panoramic views of Phoenix and Scottsdale, Red Mountain, and the Sonora Desert canyon.

9800 N Summer Hill Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85268

480.351. SPA 1 / 480.522.1041

Open By Appointment Only

 CopperWynd Resort and Club

13225 North Eagle Ridge Drive

Fountain Hills, Arizona, 85268, United States

info@copperwynd.com  +1.480.333.1900

Sami Fine Jewelry

16704 Ave of the Fountains, Suite 100

Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Toll-Free: 1-877-376-6323

Tel: 480.837.8168

Town Tourism Division will Sponsor Hole # 11 at the 2016 Phoenix Open

It’s the Greatest Show on Grass!

It is that time of year again, time for every golf enthusiast to make your way to the “Greatest Show on Grass” also known as the Phoenix Open this February 1-7, 2016.  This year’s festivities are particularly special as the Town’s Tourism Division makes its sponsorship debut at the Open!  Not only does Fountain Hills have a full-page advertisement in the Phoenix Open program guide, but Fountain Hills is also the proud sponsor of hole #11!WMPO Town of Fountain Hills

The Phoenix Open festivities begin on Monday, February 1 with the practice rounds for the PGA Tour pros.  Tuesday opens with more professional practice rounds followed by the ever-popular trick shot show and junior golf clinic.  Wednesday welcomes the Pro-Am as well as the opening of the Coors Light Birds Nest entertainment tent.  The real festivities begin on Thursday with the first round beginning bright and early at 7:30 a.m.  Rounds continue through the rest of the weekend.

Adorned on the hole sign for hole #11 patrons to this popular spring sporting event will see the proud logo of the Fountain Hills Tourism Division.  Hole #11 is a par 4 and is 472 yards in length.  Show your pride for the town we know to be the best town in the world and come to the Phoenix Open next week in a show of support for our tourism efforts.  It is a tradition for hole #16 to be the most popular but with a little community support, we can make our sponsored hole even more popular!

Are you in the mood to hit the green for yourself?  Visit www.experiencefountainhills.org to schedule a tee time at one of our local courses on the Sonoran Golf trail!

Get your daily dose of iron and help show Arizona visitors and residents alike why they should “Get out of the Valley and into the Hills!”