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 Events for McDowell Mtn 
<August 2014>

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 through Friday, August 29, 2014
Maricopa County's regional parks will initiate the annual fire ban. This includes banning the use of all
campfire, fire pits and charcoal grills; however, it is still acceptable to use gas/propane grills in designated areas such as the ramada areas, semi-developed and developed camping sites, and along the shoreline at Lake Pleasant Regional Park.
If the parks do not receive ample rain during the monsoon season, the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department
may extend the fire ban to protect the parks resources and ensure visitor safety. To learn more, click here.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park offers family camping and group camping areas. The Family Campground consists of 76 camping sites for tent or RV camping. Each site has a large parking area to accommodate up to a 45' RV and is a "Developed Site," with water and electrical hook-ups, dump station, a picnic table and a barbecue fire ring. All restrooms offer flush toilets and showers. The south loop of the campground also offers handicapped-accessible restrooms. To reserve your campsite today, visit

Camping Fees

Large 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. If not marked as reserved, they are available on a first-come, first-served basis

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.

Trailhead 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.

Youth 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.

Group Camping Fees


The Art of Camouflage - McDowell
Summer Night Ride Series- McDowell Competitive Track

Fridays Fitness Hike- Tom's Thumb Trailhead - McDowell - 8/29/2014
Desert Show & Tell - McDowell - 8/30/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell - Wagner Trailhead - 9/5/2014
Scorpions in the Wild! - McDowell - 9/6/2014
Early Evening Ranger-led Acessible Trail Hike to Nursery Tank-McDowell - 9/11/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell -Trailhead Staging Area - 9/12/2014
Reptile Feeding - McDowell - 9/13/2014
Summer Night Ride Series- McDowell Pemberton Trail - 9/13/2014
McDowell Friday Fitness Hike-Tom's Thumb Trailhead (end of 128th st.)- DIFFICULT - 9/19/2014
The Desert Tortoise and Friends - McDowell - 9/25/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell - Sonoran Trail- DIFFICULT - 9/26/2014
Desert Show & Tell - McDowell - 9/27/2014
The Desert Floor - McDowell - 10/2/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell -4 Peaks/Horse Staging Area - 10/3/2014
Reptile Feeding - McDowell - 10/4/2014
Family Full Moonlight Mile Hike - McDowell - 10/8/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell - Wagner Trailhead - 10/10/2014
Competitive Track Closed - McDowell - 10/11/2014
Become a Jr. Ranger - McDowell - 10/11/2014
Wildlife Watch at Nursery Tank - McDowell - 10/16/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell -Trailhead Staging Area - 10/17/2014
Geocache Fun 101 - McDowell - 10/18/2014
Easy Mountain Bike Ride - McDowell - 10/23/2014
Reptile Feeding - McDowell - 10/25/2014
Ranger-led hike on the North Trail - McDowell - 10/29/2014

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Fri-Sat: 6am-10pm
- 365 days a year

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Mon - Sat: 8 am - 3 pm

Admin. Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 8 am - 4 pm

McDowell Mountain Regional Park
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
MMRP Arizona 85255  
Ph: 480-471-0173      Fax: 602-372-8596

Mailing Address
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
PO Box 18415
Fountain Hills,  AZ 85269-8415

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