At its full height of 560 feet, the fountain in the center of Fountain Hills is higher than the Washington Monument. It is 10 feet taller than Notre Dame Cathedral, 110 feet higher than the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt and three times as high as Old Faithful in Yellowstone Park.
The white plume of the world famous fountain is visible far beyond Fountain Hills. It can be seen from as far away as the Superstition Mountains, Carefree and even from aircraft.
The fountain is the focal point for community celebrations and the pride of its residents. If you happen to visit during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration, you’ll see the fountain transform to emerald green.
The fountain is extended to its full height on special occasions, for everyday viewing the Fountain reaches a height of 330 feet!
Our World Famous Fountain runs every hour on the hour for 15 minutes from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. everyday of the week! This fountain is a celebration of life and water where it is most appreciated – in the middle of the desert.
HISTORY OF THE FOUNTAIN
Built in 1970 by Robert McCulloch the fountain is one of the largest fountains in the world! The fountain sprays water for 15 minutes every hour at the top of the hour. The fountain uses 7,000 gallons per minute and at its full height it can reach 560 feet in the air.
The plume rises from a concrete water lily sculpture in the center of a man-made lake.
On St. Patrick’s Day, the famous fountain is turned green to the delight of onlookers, both in-person and online. Learn more about the history of this Fountain Hills tradition here.
WHAT TIME DOES THE FOUNTAIN RUN?
The fountain is extended to its full height of 560 feet on special occasions, for everyday viewing the Fountain reaches a height of 330 feet!
Our World Famous Fountain runs every hour on the hour for 15 minutes from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. every day of the week!
Full height viewings include:
- St. Patrick's Day
- Fourth of July
- Fountain Hills Anniversary of Incorporation - December 5
Please remember that if the winds speeds in Fountain Park are above 10 miles an hour, the fountain pump may automatically shut off, temporarily prohibiting the fountain from coming on or reaching its normal height.