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 Events for McDowell Mtn 
<October 2015>

5/26/2015 - Extended due to dry conditions. A date to cancel the fire ban has not yet been determined.
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


Sunset Walk - McDowell - 10/8/2015
Fridays Fitness Hike - Dixie Mine Trailhead (End of Golden Eagle Blvd) - McDowell - 10/9/2015
Competitive Track - Closed - 10/10/2015
Become a Jr. Ranger - McDowell - 10/10/2015
Competitive Track - Closed - 10/11/2015
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
Full Moon Hike - Scenic Trail - McDowell - 10/27/2015
Beginner Desert Bird Walk to Nursery Tank - McDowell - 10/29/2015
McDowell Friday Fitness Hike-Tom's Thumb Trailhead - 10/30/2015
McDowell Trailhead Staging Area - Closed Saturday and Sunday morning - 10/31/2015
Animal Tracks and Desert Holes - McDowell - 10/31/2015
Learn about Geocaching - McDowell - 11/1/2015
Sonoran Desert 101- McDowell - 11/5/2015
Fridays Fitness Hike - Dixie Mine Trailhead (End of Golden Eagle Blvd) - McDowell - 11/6/2015
Animal Tracks and Desert Holes - McDowell - 11/6/2015
Competitive Track - Closed - McDowell - 11/6/2015
Snakes, Spiders and Scorpions - McDowell - 11/7/2015
Exploring Shallmo Wash - McDowell - 11/11/2015

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

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

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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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