in the lower Verde River basin, the 21,099-acre park is
a desert jewel in the northeast Valley. Elevations in the
park rise to 3,000 feet along the western boundary at the
base of the McDowell Mountains. Visitors enjoy a full program
schedule, over 50 miles of multiuse trails, and spectacular
views of the surrounding mountain ranges. A stroll through
the park will allow visitors to likely see deer, javelina,
birds, and coyotes.
campsites may be reserved ahead of time, individual campsites
are on a first come, first served basis
groups can reserve one of three campgrounds within McDowell
Mountain Regional Park. The Group Campgrounds can be reserved
for a fee and requires a commitment of six units to utilize
the facility for dry camping. Group Campground - 3-acre parking area
can accommodate 30 RV units for day use or overnight camping.
Restroom with flush toilets and hot water showers, a covered
ramada with 6 picnic tables, a large barbecue grill, and
a large fire ring for campfires.
Group Area - For groups larger than 30 RV units.
2 large covered ramadas, each with 4 picnic tables and large
barbecue grill. A large fire ring is centrally located between
the 2 ramadas for group gatherings. This area is ideal for
overnight camping groups with horses or mules.
Group Area - For Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other
youth groups. Large parking area with port-a-jons, water,
picnic tables, flagpole, and large fire ring. This area
is ideal for overnight scout camping trips.
McDowell Mountain Regional Park offers over 40 miles of
hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails. Park
Trails range in length from 0.5 miles to 15.3 miles and
range in difficulty from easy to strenuous. Those looking
for an easy hike should try the North Trail at 3.1 miles.
Those looking for a good workout for themselves or their
horses should try the Pemberton at 15.3 miles.
The Dixie Mine Trail is closed until further notice due
to construction in Fountain Hills; updates will be posted
on this website as they become available.
trails are multi-use unless otherwise designated. All trail
users are encouraged to practice proper trail etiquette.
remember to carry plenty of water and let someone know where
you are going.
a map of the Regional Park (Approx 1 meg PDF) Click