IS McDowell State Park

FIRST contact Trish Bigler to Register to reserve your place.

Camping Cost: $22/per rig (total $66 for 3 nights)

This group camping area can comfortably accommodate 15 rigs. Amenities include restrooms, fire pit, and ramada with picnic tables. It is dry camping in the  overflow area that groups are allowed to reserve. Dump station available at exit.

February 1-4, 2024 | McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Address: 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 

Park Directions:

From central Phoenix, take Loop 202 east to Beeline Highway (SR 87). Continue northeast on SR 87 to Shea Blvd. Travel west on Shea Blvd. to Saguaro Blvd.; turn north. Continue through Town of Fountain Hills to Fountain Hills Blvd;Turn right and travel four miles to the McDowell Mountain Regional Park entrance.

Check in time is no earlier than 1:00 pm.  Park staff will provide a sign-in roster and collect camping fees upon arrival. The total fee is $66.00 for three nights.

Group Campground – Can fit up to 15 large camping units. Amenities: 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. A dump station is available. Reminder, this is dry camping. Arrive with full fresh water and empty black/grey tanks. Check your propane tanks…you will want to run the furnace at night.

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 should try the Pemberton at 15.3-miles. All trails are multi-use unless otherwise designated. Always remember to carry plenty of water and let someone know where you are going.

Check  for ranger programs; registration is required for some programs.

Sampling of area attractions and distances from campground:

  • Fountain Park, (shops & restaurants), The River of Time Museum: 9 miles (17 minutes)
  • Saguaro Lake: 22 miles (30 minutes)
  • Cave Creek: 22 miles (35 minutes)
  • Kierland Commons/Scottsdale Quarter: 21 miles (36-40 minutes)
  • Indie Book Exchange: There will be a box to exchange books.
  • Nightly Campfire: If you have firewood, please bring.

Thursday, February 1rd

4:00 pm   Meet & Greet | bring a chair, beverage and an appetizer to share at the ramada

5:00 pm  Chili dinner (two types…a veggie and a turkey) | bring a mug or bowl and spoon

Friday, February 2nd  Ground Hog Day…Saguaro Day | Will the saguaro see its shadow? With over 300 days of sunshine a year, there’s an 85% chance we will see saguaro shadows.

9:00 am    Breakfast Burritos provided. Explore the area. Hike, Bike, or just Relax

5:00 pm    Group dinner? Potluck or go to Fountain Hills?              

Saturday, February 3rd  

8:00 am   |  Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits and Pastry  provided

10:00 am  | Concours in the Hills, also know as the “Greatest Car Show on Grass,” is celebrating its 10th anniversary at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills. | This free, family-friendly (and dog-friendly) event benefits Phoenix Children’s Hospital Hope Fund.  Cars come from all over Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico to participate. An enormous variety of vehicles will be on display…classics to contemporary, exotics, motorbikes, military, helicopters…and many more. Enjoy lunch from one of the many food trucks. Note, the event ends at 3:00 pm. Carpooling is encouraged.

Sunday, February 4th

Depart by noon |