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 Events for McDowell Mtn 
<August 2015>

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - Thursday, September 3, 2015 (Tentative end date)
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.

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Virtual Trails

Escondido Trail Virtual Trail Take a virtual tour of the new Escondido Trail at McDowell Mountain Regional Park. This storytelling map shows captioned photos taken along the trail, their locations, as well as elevation profile graphs. Click on each photo for a larger view. Additional photos will be added in the future to cover different seasons and add new views. This is the FIRST virtual trail and we hope to bring you many more in the future. Happy trails...whether it’s virtual or the real thing, Maricopa County’s regional park system is connecting you with nature!

Hunting Maps

Per the Arizona Hunting and Trapping Regulations, the following parks in Maricopa County are open to hunting using shotgun shooting shot when the season coincides with a quail season:

Hunting in parks opened by the Commission Order is not permitted within 1/4 mile of any developed picnic area, developed campground, shooting range, occupied building, boat ramp, or golf course.

At this time, the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of updating its hunting maps to be in compliance with the Arizona Game and Fish Department's hunting regulations. Once the maps are updated, they will be made available. Please note that hunting is NOT allowed in the following parks:

  • Adobe Dam Regional Park
  • Buckeye Hills Regional Park
  • Cave Creek Regional Park
  • Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant
  • San Tan Mountain Regional Park
  • Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
  • Usery Mountain Regional Park





Fridays Fitness Hike - Dixie Mine Trailhead (End of Golden Eagle Blvd) - McDowell - 9/4/2015
Become a Jr. Ranger - McDowell - 9/5/2015
Beginner Desert Birding - McDowell - 9/10/2015
Friday Fitness Hike-Horse Staging Area/4 Peaks - McDowell - 9/11/2015
Reptile Feeding - McDowell - 9/12/2015
Sunset Snake Sssssearch! - McDowell - 9/17/2015
McDowell Friday Fitness Hike-Tom's Thumb Trailhead - 9/18/2015
Mountain Bike by the Moon Light - McDowell - 9/19/2015
The Desert Tortoise & Friends - McDowell - 9/23/2015
Saguaro Cactus 101 - McDowell - 9/24/2015
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell - Wagner Trailhead - 9/25/2015
Sunset/Full Moon Social Hike - McDowell - 9/26/2015
Friday Fitness Hike - Horse Staging Area/4 Peaks - McDowell - 10/2/2015
Reptile Feeding - McDowell - 10/3/2015
Sunset Walk - McDowell - 10/8/2015
Fridays Fitness Hike - Dixie Mine Trailhead (End of Golden Eagle Blvd) - McDowell - 10/9/2015
Become a Jr. Ranger - McDowell - 10/10/2015
Beginner Desert Bird Walk - McDowell - 10/15/2015
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell - Wagner Trailhead - 10/16/2015
Ranger-led Hike on the North Trail - McDowell - 10/17/2015
Saguaro Cactus 101 - McDowell - 10/22/2015
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell -Trailhead Staging Area - 10/23/2015
Reptile Feeding - McDowell - 10/24/2015
Sunset Hike on Lousley Hill - McDowell - 10/24/2015
Haunted Hill Family Moon Hike - McDowell - 10/25/2015

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Nature Center Hours
Summer (5/18 - 10/19)
Mon - Sat: 8 am - 3 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Winter (10/20 - 5/17)
Sun - Sat: 8 am - 4 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 85268

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