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Adventure in Fountain Hills!

Adventure in Fountain Hills!

Hiking and mountain biking are at the top of our top 5 outdoor things to do! Make Fountain Hills your outdoor recreation choice. Outdoor art that celebrates the Western and human spirit, award-winning community theater, world-class golf and more are all yours and all just minutes from 32,000 unbroken acres of park and preserve land.

In Fountain Hills, panoramic views of the surrounding mountains beckon you to the adjacent McDowell Mountain Regional Park and McDowell Mountain Preserve and their generous network of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Thanks to Fountain Hills’ location, your enjoyment of these trails and the desert can start in minutes. This base camp lets you spend more time being on the trails than getting to the trails.

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Fountain Park - Lake Overlook Trail

Fountain Overlook Trail

Fountain Overlook Trail

Lake Overlook Trail is one of the most popular hiking trails in town!  
The Lake Overlook Trail is an easy-moderate 1.5 mile hike that is accessible from the heart of downtown Fountain Hills and offers some of the outstanding views of the Town and the neighboring Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and surrounding mountains. The south trailhead is located at Panorama Blvd. between Vista Del Lago and Diamante Drive. The north trail head is located at Panorama Blvd. just east of Saguaro Blvd.

Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

McDowell Mountain Regional Park 
Thanks to the foresight of local residents, the tops of the McDowell Mountains are preserved for wildlife and future generations to enjoy. Through the work of Sonoran Conservancy volunteers, there are now more than five miles of trails. There are three to five scheduled guided hikes each month. Call 480.837.8290 to schedule a hike or check the conservancy website at www.scfh.org for hike details.
  • The Sonoran Trail is 2.6 miles and has an elevation change of 2,170 feet. Hikers can enjoy panoramic views of the lower Verde Valley and the Mazatzal Mountains, and the moderate-rated trail winds through several deep mountain face canyons.

  • The Promenade Trail is .93 miles and generally level except at the south end. This trail is also known as the “old Jeep road.” The trail is wide enough for hikers to walk side by side.

  • Western Loop Trail is 1.2 miles in length with an elevation change of approximately 600 feet. The trail is rated moderate to difficult with a number of switchbacks. The trail crests at over 3,000 feet, giving the hiker expansive views including downtown Phoenix. The trail is not recommended for bikes.

  • The Overlook Trail, Wayne Tall Loop and Easy Access Trail are accessed off the Promenade Trail. The Overlook Trail is about .5 miles with a small elevation gain of 167+ feet. The Wayne Tall Loop is a short side trail off the Overlook Trail and features a bench and interpretive plaque with information about local birds seen in the preserve. The Easy Access Trail is level and only .12 miles on a wide smooth surface.

Fountain Hills Fit Trails

Fountain Hills is home to many fitness walking trails. See our maps below for easily accessible walking trails around town! 

Tonto National Forest

Located only minutes away from Fountain Hills and Fort McDowell is Tonto National Forest. With two of Arizona’s largest and most scenic rivers, six lakes, and landscapes ranging from desert to pine forests and high mountain peaks, the forest offers a wide range of recreation opportunities: swimming, boating, hiking, camping, rafting, horseback riding and bird watching, to name a few.
Tonto is the fifth-largest National Forest in the United States. With nearly three million acres, there is room enough to roam. Within the forest’s boundaries are eight wilderness areas.

Bike in Fountain Hills

The natural plateaus of Fountain Hills make us the ideal area for mountain and road biking! Check out these local hot spots for all of our biking needs.

Fountain Hills Bikes

McDowell Mountain Cycles

Hike with the Sonoran Conservancy!

Safe Hiking Quick Reference Guide

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