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“The best of the desert west!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of McDowell Mountain Regional Park

McDowell Mountain Regional Park
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr., Fountain Hills, AZ 85264
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Outdoors
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Gunnison, Colorado
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180 reviews 180 reviews
62 attraction reviews
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128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
“The best of the desert west!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

McDowell Mountain Regional Park is over 21,000 acres of desert surrounded by mountains. There are horse trails, walking trails, & biking trails. The sunsets are magnifcient, the dark starry night skies are amazing, & the peaceful quiet of the night with only the sounds of cayotes make this camping experience an oasis amid the nearby cities. There are group camping areas for scouts, tent sites, & 2 loops with spacious RV/trailer sites with hookups. The camp hosts keep the area & restrooms immaculate. Ranger Amy has many interesting special exhibits & events each month with desert turtles, snakes, full moon walks, nature walks, & wild flower walks. Many bike & running races occur here. There are also special events for children. Reservations are recommended on their website. Located 10 miles from Fountain Hills & 30 minutes from Scottsdale, this destination affords you access to casinos, lakes, shopping, restaurants, & theaters. Once you stay here, you will return! A hidden gem near many attractions!

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61 attraction reviews
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“Great place for a hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

My wife and I visited this park whilst staying at Scottsdale. We dropped in to the visitors centre, paying the $6 day fee. The very friendly and informative guide directed us to the nature trail to take a short hike. We thought that the 3.1 mile interpretative trail was just the right length. When we went, we had the parking lot to ourselves. With plenty of picnic tables, a children's playground and full service restrooms, we thought the park was very well-set for families to enjoy the excellent facilities. We discovered that the park receives modest funding and is managed by just 5 staff with the valuable help of a small team of volunteers. I would strongly advise you to visit this park - we had a very enjoyable time there.

Visited October 2011
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Scottsdale, AZ
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“Great hiking in Scottsdale, AZ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2010

I retired out to Scottsdale, Az in 2008. I love to hike and found one trail that would be rated as "easy" and hikers of all ages could enjoy. This trail is the "LOST DOG WASH TRAIL" and the trailhead can be accessed by driving down SHEA BLVD to 124th St and then taking 124th to the Trailhead parking (there are signs on Shea and 124th directing you to the parking area). The trailhead itself has washrooms and a cold drinking fountain...both for hikers and one for their four-legged friends. The Lost Dog Trail branches off into other trails (RingTail, SunSet, Old Jeep, etc) but I think one would best enjoy just staying on the Lost Dog Trail and taking it the 2.6 miles to the Taliesen Overlook where you will be amazed at the beautiful views (see photos). The hike itself is fairly easy and has a variety of desert plantlife (Saguaro, Cholla, Palo Verde, Jojoba, Creosote, Octillo...just to name a few) as well as a variety of desert dwellers (see photos) though I have only come across a snake twice on this trail in 3 years (and I hike it almost daily). This is one hike I highly recommend if you are in the Scottsdale area and looking for a bit of hiking.

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