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McDowell Mountain Regional Park

16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr., Fountain Hills, AZ 85264
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Type: Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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133 reviews 133 reviews
13 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014 via mobile

This is a wonderful place. The trails are great to bike. Not too technical. The views are great. Plenty of wildlife. A great way to step and half a day.

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Comox, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Now here we are in the nature, nice private campsites between shrubs and cactus plants. And you get electricity and water hook up…. Now this is what we consider camping. With some bike riding, we enjoyed the different cactus plants and the views on the mountains. Keep yourself busy with all of the activities or just kick back and enjoy... More

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 via mobile

We were staying in Phoenix and decided to spend an afternoon at the Park. The scenery was fantastic and very different from our home in Ireland. We walked a short trail and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The trail was well signposted and there were helpful descriptions of some of the flora and fauna on the way around. All staff we... More

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White Salmon, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We arranged for rental bikes and took our team of 15 people on a ride. Our guides took us from the staging area Pemberton (CCW) - Lariat - Delsie - Pemberton for about 14 miles. Our team loved it and still talk about it. We got lots of great pictures.

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Fox Lake, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I had walked (and loved) White Tank Mountain Regional Park, but finding ourselves 40 miles away from it across Phoenix, we gave McDowell Mountain Regional Park a try. It is located on the northeast side of Phoenix while White Tank is on the far west side. My research led us to hike the 2.9 mile easy North Trail, and the... More

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Seattle, Washington
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

On a short visit to AZ we went out of our way to do a 15 mile trail running loop on the Pemberton Trail, famous as the course of the Javelina Jundred. We found the trail well-marked, gentle, runnable and quite scenic. We started with the sunrise and had a nice quiet cool hour before being assaulted by hundreds of... More

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Park Ridge, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

A local suggested we go here with our small children for good, family-friendly trails. So glad she did! We really enjoyed the 3 mi hike on the North trail. The trail offers easy terrain and nice views. Additionally, a trail guide is available if you're interested in learning more about the flora, fauna, surrounding geography, etc. as you hike. It... More

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San Francisco, California
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

I'm thrilled that people in the Scottsdale / Fountain Hills area came together and preserved this space. It's a wonderful gem of Sonoran desert saved from the impending hordes of subdivisions that would destroy it forever. The trails are very well maintained and the scenery is wonderful with the McDowell mountains on one end and sweeping views of Four Peaks,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Biking & hiking available. RV parking too. Would be a great place to trail ride if you have horses. Staff was friendly and helpful. Day or season passes can be purchased at the Visitor Center just a mile inside the park. Go and enjoy the sun!

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Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

We were looking for an activity near scottsdale. We wavered on where to go mountain biking. We have done camelback mountain for hiking and thought biking was a good change up. We've previously biked in Moab and in Lake Tahoe. The park was well kept but much more flat than anticipated with a somewhat drab surrounding scenery. The most quick... More

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