McDowell Mountain Regional Park has over 50 miles of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails through beautiful desert scenery. This 21,099-acre regional park is located four miles north of Fountain Hills. For mountain bikers, the competitive track has three loop tracks; a long loop – 8.2 miles, a sport loop – 3.0 miles, and a technical loop – 2.9 miles. Skills are tested while negotiating steep inclines, swooping turns, technical descents and rugged terrain at race speed. A pump track has been added to the competitive track trailhead. This twisting combination of table tops, rollers and banked turns is a great way to improve weight shifting and bike handling skills.
Wildlife sightings are common; look for deer, javelina, coyotes and a multitude of bird species around the three ponds in the park. A couple of trails are less than a mile long; several are one to four miles; and the popular Pemberton Trail is 15.3 miles. Elevations rise from 1,600 feet to 3,000 feet at the base of the McDowell Mountains. The entire park faces the Four Peaks, Weaver’s Needle and Superstition Mountains and provides awesome views. Whether you’re going for a short stroll or looking for a challenge, you’ll enjoy the trails and the vistas.
For campers, McDowell Mountain Park has 76 individual sites for tent or RV camping. Each one accommodates up to a 45-foot RV. The developed sites have water and electrical hook-ups, picnic tables, barbecue fire rings and a dump station. Restrooms offer flush toilets and showers. A separate area in the park has been set aside for tent campers who don’t need hookups and are seeking a more remote feel to their campsite.
Check out the listings below of all upcoming McDowell Mountain Regional Park Programs!